Lasik or Contact Lenses?

lasik surgery or contact lenses?Lasik is one of the most popular surgeries performed in the United States. It is a fast, hassle-free procedure that is also affordable for most people. But if you already wear contact lenses and are generally satisfied with them, is it worth it to get Lasik surgery?

Given that the surgery itself is considered safe, and complications are relatively rare, I believe the main factor to consider for most people would be cost. On average, Lasik costs about $2000 per eye, although the price is likely to vary quite a bit based on where you live. Nevertheless, for most people, the total cost will be around $4000 to $5000.

By comparison, contact lenses on average cost users about $300 per year.  Again, this would depend on what type of lenses you wear, but I believe most people would be at or near $300 after they pay for exams, solutions, etc. (And for the purpose of this article, I am assuming you purchase your contact lenses online using lens.com coupons from our site.)

At $300 per year, you would end up paying the same amount as Lasik surgery over the course of the next 15 years or so. For this reason, it seems that in the long run, getting a Lasik procedure done would be a wise financial choice.

The real issue then, becomes whether or not you’d rather pay $4000 to $5000 all at once today, or pay a few hundred dollars a year. Most people seem to choose the latter, as the number of contact lens wearers still far outnumber people who have had Lasik surgery. On the other hand, if you have the ability to borrow this money at a low interest rate, or if you have the money available to invest in surgery, it may be a good idea, even though it’s never easy to part with thousands of dollars, even if we know we’ll make it back later in the form of future savings.

If you do decide to get Lasik surgery done, make sure you consult with at least two or three doctors and receive multiple quotes. Also, be sure you understand all the risks and possible complications. Although such things are rare, you still should get all the information you can before making your decision.

Despite potential financial savings, some people may simply feel uncomfortable about the idea of having an operation done on their eyes. For such people, it’s probably just easier to continue using contact lenses. With the advent of the Internet, contact lens prices have come down significantly. If they continue to decline, it may soon get to a point where it may not be worth the trouble to have a Lasik procedure done, even if you can afford to pay for the surgery upfront.

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