So, you’ve done your homework on eye surgery. You’re thinking that Epi Lasik might be a match for you. That’s great! We’ll break it down for you even further. This will help you better understand epi lasik eye surgery.
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What is Epi Lasik?
To begin, in order to understand Epi Lasik, you should first understand refractive surgery. Basically, if you wear glasses or contacts, it’s because you don’t have “perfect” vision. In other words, you have a “refractive” error. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are types of refractive errors. These errors affect how well you see. Luckily, surgeons have come up with multiple surgical techniques to correct these errors. “Refractive Surgery” is what a surgeon does to correct one of these conditions.
Epi Lasik is one of these surgical techniques a.k.a. refractive surgeries. The surgery is done by using an automatic separator. The automatic separator slides the cornea off. This is done before using the laser to correct vision. In this technique, alcohol or a blade isn’t used as a separator. This type of refractive surgery is said to be less painful than the others.
How much does Epi Lasik cost?
Now that you have an understanding of Epi Lasik. Let’s get an understanding of the Epi Lasik price. If you haven’t read our article on the costs of Lasik surgery, you can do so here.
Epi Lasik and Lasik costs are generally around the same. However, there can be a difference in price when it comes to regular epi lasik treatment and the use of wavefront mapping. Regular or traditional Epi Lasik will be the cheaper of the two. Depending on where you get the surgery done, it can range anywhere from $500 – $1k per eye. (Plus or minus a few hundred dollars.) Choosing to get the surgery with wavefront mapping technology will increase the price to around $1500 – $2k per eye. (Plus or minus a few hundred dollars.)
It’s important to note that prices vary from location to location and from clinic to clinic. Each person getting the surgery is different and require a unique amount of correction. Fees, aftercare, and the type of technology being used also play a huge factor in the costs. Keep in mind that these numbers are rough estimates. Use these numbers to give you an idea on what to anticipate. The only way to get an accurate estimate is by having a personal consultation.
Can I afford it?
Just in case you were wondering. Health Insurance companies consider this type of surgery to be an “elective procedure”. Which is why they usually don’t cover the costs. There are however ways to make this surgery more affordable. One of them is through financing. Many clinics offer financing as a payment option. They may even recommend it during your personal consultation. Some of the financing options available come with attractive interests rates. This is why many people choose this method of financing their Epi Lasik enhancement.
Another way of lowering your costs is through an HSA or Health Savings Account which you can set up at your bank. Or, if your employer offers a flexible health benefits program you can make contributions that way.