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Can Laser Eye Surgery Save You Money?

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In the UK, an estimated 68 per cent of the population wears some form of corrective lenses, whether these are glasses or contact lenses. Between recommended annual eye exams and the price of updating prescriptions, the cost of corrective lenses adds up.

A laser eye surgery procedure can clock in anywhere from £1,000 to £2,000 per eye, meaning it may end up saving you in the long run. Here’s how, and why, considering laser eye surgery may actually be the cheaper option:

How corrective lenses add up

Here’s an example: at thirteen, a secondary school student who can no longer see the blackboard is taken for an eye exam for £20. Prescription in hand, he goes to the optician and chooses glasses that cost £80. Because he’s still young, he checks his eyes annually and purchases glasses with a new prescription accordingly. In four years, that’s £400.

At seventeen, he decides he wants contact lenses, so he returns to the optician, gets another eye exam, and purchases a three month supply of daily disposables for £55. Because he can’t wear his contact lenses all the time, he also buys a new pair of glasses. With the recommended annual eye exam and contact lens fitting costing him another £40, he’s looking at approximately £340 a year to maintain the quality of his eyesight.

By the time he reaches twenty, he’d have spent £1,760 on his eyes. By twenty-five, he’s spent an additional £3,460, which is more than the average cost of laser eye surgery.

Why you should consider laser eye surgery

If you’re planning to live a long time, the cost of laser eye surgery will be the same as the combined cost of contact lenses, eye exams and glasses over approximately ten to fifteen years. Laser eye surgery may seem expensive, but is actually a financially smart way to handle your eyesight.

A one-off payment of up to £2,000 per eye may not be money you have lying around, but there are ways that laser eye companies have made it easier for the average person to afford.

Consultations are often free and non-committal, meaning you can establish quickly how much it will cost you. If you’re interested, but still nervous about the cost, then companies like Optimax offer monthly plans that start from £37.32 per eye —almost as much as you’ve been spending on contact lenses, but concluding 24 months later.

As a surgery, laser eye correction does come with certain risks, but serious complications are reported as less than 0.2 per cent and many companies offer lifetime guarantees, meaning you won’t have to pay for an eye exam again.

Over a lifetime, laser eye surgery saves more than money; it saves the time spent on eye exams and ordering contact lenses, but most importantly, it means waking up in the morning and being able to see clearly without having to reach for your glasses.

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