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Average LASIK costs for eye surgery in Ohio are about equal to the average costs of LASIK surgery nationwide. In 2019 the average cost for laser eye surgery, LASIK plus PRK, was about $2100 per eye, up from the two years prior. If you have been searching online for LASIK costs or the costs LASIK Surgery in Ohio you’ll find that it is difficult to pin down the price of the surgery.
Stahl Vision Institute for LASIK Surgery in Ohio quotes one global price for all—no matter your prescription! When the price is quoted that includes your initial exam, surgery, post-ops, and all enhancements within the first year. From your initial exam to your last appointment with us you are always with Dr. Brian Stahl or Dr. James Knowles (which is rare when compared to discount centers where you are unlikely to get to see your surgeon prior to and following your procedure).
According to a recent survey, about half of U.S. refractive surgeons quote a single price for LASIK surgery, one cost for all. The other half quote different costs or prices depending on the prescription of the patient, the technology used, and charge extra for your initial LASIK eye exam and follow up care you will need. Several factors affect the price you can expect to pay:
The LASIK surgeon you choose will affect your price. Surgeons who are well known and have been practicing longer tend to charge more. They bring added experience and expertise to your procedure, and many people feel more comfortable with an experienced surgeon. Often these surgeons are getting better results and fewer complications too—as the result of better nomograms and experience.
Dr. Brian Stahl has been practicing since 1994, teamed with Dr. James Knowles who has been practicing since 2000. Together they have performed over 25,000 LASIK plus PRK procedures in the Dayton area, putting them as the top surgeons in the area. They personally see and discuss your surgery with you beforehand, do your surgery, and are going to be there for you after your surgery and for years to come.
The technology your LASIK surgeon uses affects your cost as well. Older, outdated technology without customized treatments may be the cause of a lower price.
Stahl Vision uses customized wavefront technology, like CustomVision® which measures your eyes more thoroughly, and can treat imperfections in your vision more accurately than older laser eye surgery technology. This results in sharper vision, almost high definition vision, and better vision in dim light conditions like night driving. Using these advancements, this leaves our practice able to have over 99% of our nearsighted patients seeing 20/20 or better without the use of contacts or glasses after their procedure when measured with both eyes!
Lastly, geography plays a role in the cost of LASIK surgery. Places with high costs of living, New York, Boston, Los Angles, usually have higher costs for eye surgery too.
Sometimes you may see offers for $499 per eye or $699 per eye — or something even more alluring. So yes, some surgery centers do offer bargain prices; these are called discount centers. But these costs for LASIK surgery are never for customized wavefront LASIK, and don’t include your LASIK eye exam, follow up care, charges for touch-ups or enhancements, charges for financing, and only a very few people with low prescriptions will qualify or this low price. Rarely will you meet your surgeon until the time of surgery at a discount LASIK center— someone else does the exam and follow up care. This is a real concern for many patients.
Some states have enacted and enforced consumer protection laws that make this “bait and switch” advertising scheme illegal. Car dealers at one time were notorious for advertising a low cost on cars, only to find out that that price only extended to one car on the lot, and that it had already been sold. Because of these concerns, several states enacted laws that make it illegal to advertise a price less than the average cost the consumer pays. Unfortunately, Ohio is not one of these states, and you will see prices and advertising for the cost of LASIK that has little relationship to the real price you will pay. A smarter shopper will ask themselves if this is a place you want to trust with something as important as your eyesight. You only have one set of eyes, this is not something you should discount!
Some LASIK surgeons will honor written cost quotes from other centers as long as it is for similar technology and for similar care. Here at Stahl Vision we can solve the problem of wanting to see the most reputable LASIK surgeon in town.
Please call Stahl Vision LASIK Institute in Midwest Ohio at 937.643.2020 to schedule an appointment and learn more about our financing options.