Saturday, June 20, 2009

20/20 Vision For A Fraction Of The Cost Of Your Contact Lenses

Misconceptions and apprehensions about Lasik Corrective Eye Surgery are making some people shy away from this otherwise popular and medically proven effective refractivesurgery procedure. Many think it is too expensive to consider at this time and would rather settle for the latest contact lenses! Still, there are those who think the risks of LASIK Surgery are far too great to even consider it as an option.

There is however no doubt that each one of them believes there is no substitute to having a perfect 20/20 vision. Life can be truly difficult for those with impaired vision. I even would venture the premise that these same people will concur with me in saying that cost should not even a matter of consideration if  having a perfect vision is at stake!

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a refractive surgery performed by ophthalmologists using laser to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism. It was first patented in 1989 by Dr. Gholam A. Peyman. The old Lasik surgery involved a two step process. First the surgeon cuts a flap in the cornea with an oscillating blade, then a laser is used to reshape the cornea. If the flap is done poorly, it can cause permanent damage. The use of the blade, although proven to be relatively safe is really what turns off patients from the traditional Lasik surgery. However, the advent of iLASIK  has made a marked difference in refractive eye surgery. It is a fact that LASIK complications are quite rare. But when they do happen, they often arise from a poorly created corneal flap. The use of new Intralase lasers in iLASIK procedures greatly reduced the likelihood of any such complications. At worst, only a handful of patients who underwent iLastik surgery (around 7%) suffered a marked discomfort and aversion to light for several days after laser vision correction, known as “transient light sensitivity”.  Other than that there are no serious side effects reported as of date yet although medical professionals agree that the procedure is not without risk.

Comparing iLasik surgery to using contact lenses, Board Certified Eye Surgeon, Dr. Kevin Niksarli of New York noted that wearing contacts has its own unique risks. Infections with contact lenses can occur, especially when they are not cared for properly. In fact they are an order of magnitude more common when compared to the iLASIK procedure. Some patients may also be more inclined to get contact lens related infections, such as those living in warmer climates, or who sleep with contacts, and/or wear them for weeks at a time without removing them.

Dr. Niksarli further noted that undergoing an iLastik procedure may even be a wiser option considering the hassles of cleaning,maintaining, and the lifetime costs of wearing contact lenses. Consider the following contact lens costs:

  • Daily Disposables: $35 to 55 per box (8 boxes/annual supply) - $285 to $440 a year/ $1,995 to $3,080 over 7 years/ $4,275 to $6,600 over 15 years

  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses: $50.00 to 150 per lens (2 lenses/annual supply)- $100 to $300 a year/$700 to $2,100 over 7 years/$1,500 to $4,500over 15 years

  • Hybrid RGP/Soft Lenses: $150 to 250 per lens (4 lenses/annual supply) - $600 to $1,000 a year/$4,200 to$7,000 over 7 years/$9,000 to $15,000 over 15 years
One need not forget that it is medically prudent and wise to always seek an eye-care professional everytime the contacts become irritating and untolerable. The costs of such visits have not even been taken into consideration here yet and will add up to your costs of wearing contacts!

The cost of an iLasik surgery ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 per eye but this is a one time cost and  usually includes all of the pre-surgery evaluation and post-surgery follow-up exams. Now, here is some additional great news for you! You may now pay the total cost of an iLastik surgery via easy easy installment plans starting with a 3 to 18 months, no interest payment plan to easy on the pocket payment plans as low as $93 a month for 60 months at 13.9% APR.

The cost of an iLastik surgery is definitely more economical in the long run compared to a lifetime use of prescription glasses or contact lenses which are commonly accompanied by related infections and irritations requiring additional medical attention and costs. For more information and to calculate your lifetime costs of wearing contacts, visit


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  1. Hi BigDaddyRichard!

    I must say your review is very in-depth.

    Have a great week ahead :)

  2. i spend quite a lot on contact lenses.not only for its retail price but for the instances when i accidentally tore them or lost them.i was thinking of a Lasik surgery but my eye doc said i'm not yet for it.she said there are certain grades that are recommended for a surgery and mine isn't that bad yet.hope so.