How much does LASIK cost?
When it comes to cost, you'll need to ensure you are comparing the same procedure and benefits. Your options will generally include:
- Bladeless Lasik
- Advanced Surface Laser Ablation (ASLA)
- PRK / LASIK eye surgery
Cost breakdown for laser eye surgery
LASIK prices vary from clinic to clinic across Australia. The queries you should discuss with your surgeon are:
- Aftercare follow up
- Laser updates
- Doctor’s experience
While cost is an important factor, choosing a clinic based on safety, experience, and reputation, is paramount. At personalEYES, safety is the first priority, and our retreatment rate is approximately 1%.
The cost of consultation fees across Australia range and can be as much as $250 each.
At personalEYES, your initial LASIK assessment is completely FREE.
The actual cost of laser eye surgery ranges from $2,525 to $6,200 per eye in Australia, depending on the clinic and the type of procedure. The cost can also be based on surgeon experience, as the most accomplished surgeons often charge higher rates.
Our packages start at $2,275 per eye, depending on the surgery required.
All-inclusive cost vs individual costs
Some clinics in Australia charge for each individual cost, such as follow-up appointments, medications and diagnostic tests.
personalEYES charges one flat rate that includes the full cost of the initial consultation, surgery and followup appointments.
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If the cost is not all-inclusive, follow-up appointments with other clinics may cost between $70 and $150. Keep in mind, the number of follow-up appointments you’ll need depends on the type of procedure you have and the rate at which your eyes heal.
At personalEYES, your standard follow-up appointments are included in your surgery cost.
Post-op medication or treatments
Many clinics in Australia do not include the cost of medicines such as eye-drops in their procedure cost. Generally, eye-drops will cost around $50 if they are priced separately. Other medications will vary.
At personalEYES, these are included in your surgery cost.
Clinics in Australia may or may not offer after-hours care. In the case of an emergency, you may need to seek treatment at a hospital or emergency room. The price of treatment will depend on the hospital, necessary interventions and your healthcare cover.
At personalEYES, we offer 24/7 after-care
Though rare, there is the possibility one or both of your eyes could over or under correct its refractive error during the healing process. In this case, additional procedures could be required to correct the error. In clinics around Australia this could range from $2,000 to $12,600 depending on the type of procedure, and whether one eye or both require treatment.
Some Australian health funds cover all or part of your laser eye surgery procedure if you have top or premium coverage. Keep in mind, there is usually a waiting period of one to three years after signing up for healthcare before you are eligible for laser eye coverage.
Laser eye surgery is not covered under Medicare, except in the rare case when it’s used to treat certain eye diseases.
Let's compare laser eye surgery costs in Australia
Average price per-eye
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis)
A surgeon uses lasers to create a flap in the cornea and reshape the underlying tissue before replacing the flap.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) TransPRK
A surgeon uses a topical solution to remove the top layer of corneal cells, and a laser to reshape the exposed corneal tissue below.
SMILE (small incision lenticular extraction)
A surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea with a laser and then removes a small disc of underlying corneal tissue.
ICL (implantable contact lenses)
An ICL is a custom lens, similar to a contact lens, that is created by a surgeon and implanted directly into the eye.
Disclaimer: The rates and outcomes quoted in the following case studies are fictional. We’ve researched the average prices of various vision care methods in Australia, but prices will vary based on individual circumstances.
How personalEYES tailors payment options to your individual needs
Many patients are worried they cannot afford to pay for LASIK in one lump sum. Achieve your visual freedom sooner by taking advantage of our various hassle-free payment options to suit your budget. Many health funds will cover a portion of the costs, you will need to check with your fund to determine your level of cover.
We accept cash, eftpos, bank cheque, Mastercard, Visa and Amex.
Many Australians who consider laser eye surgery hesitate at the high prices and lack of information available on what exactly those prices include. See more about payment plans here
Disclaimer: Keep in mind, only a qualified ophthalmologist will be able to tell you which laser eye surgery procedures, if any, are suitable for you. Prices may vary based on individual circumstances.
Our price guarantee on LASIK
We will match any publically advertising price or formal quotation; based on the same procedure and inclusions. In some cases, we may require verification of the procedure and/or inclusions.
One price — no hidden costs like extra charges for tests, medications or follow-up visits.
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