Guidebook For Laser Eye Surgery In America

81% of American who had LASIK Eye Surgery said LASIK was worth it and the costs you'll actually pay depends on a number of factors, the LASIK technology is the most important factor. Other including: The type of surgical instrument used to create the corneal flap; The skill, reputation, and experience of your surgeon; The community area of the country you live in.

Average Costs

Wavefront IntraLase Flap LASIK : $2,360 per eye
Standard microkeratome Flap LASIK : $1,700 per eye

Depend On The Community Area You Live In

 

LASIK Average Costs In America

One LASIK procedure equals only one eye even if both eyes are corrected on the same day. So the price quoted for a procedure doubles if you intend to have both eyes corrected. Average LASIK prices have not risen substantially in several years. Certain average prices were slightly higher than last year, but only by one or two percentage points.

Laser Eye Surgery Military Policy

Currently, the US Military actively encourages its troops and other service personnel to have LASIK treatment for short sight, long sight and astigmatism. Since the first military laser study began in 1993 and the US Department of Defense adopted laser refractive surgery in 2000, military laser refractive cases have demonstrated safety, efficacy and excellent visual results when performed in appropriate patients. With only a few exceptions, active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are allowed to have laser eye surgery and not worry about it affecting their careers. The most common laser procedure performed in all branches of the military is PRK, while LASIK has been gaining in popularity in recent years. In some Army laser refractive centers, up to 30% of procedures are LASIK, and at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, more LASIK procedures are performed than PRK, at a rate of 2-to-1.

US Army Policy

US Army Policy

The US Army now allows the Laser Eye Surgery for most occupational specialties, however, there are limits on the Aviation, Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, HALO (high altitude, low opening), Marine Diving or Combat Diving.

US Coast Guard Policy

US Coast Guard Policy

US Coast Guard personnel may choose to have PRK or LASIK. PRK has been acceptable since at least the year 2000. Coast Guard policy was apparently revised in mid-2005 to permit LASIK as a treatment option. However, all of the laser vision correction procedures, such as PRK, LASIK, LASEK can be waivered for accessions, if they meet all other vision and eye policies. Vision correction for active duty members of US Coast Guard can be obtained through DoD or civilian providers. Like any other elective procedure, care would be obtained at the cost, time and risk of the individual.

US Navy & USMC Policy

US Navy & USMC Policy

In general, PRK is acceptable but LASIK is considered disqualifying for active duty in any special forces in US Navy and USMC. Click Here To See The US Navy & Marine Policy Table...

US Air Force Policy

US Air Force Policy

In May 24, 2007, the US Air Force announced that they would allow their pilots to undergo Laser Eye Surgery and to allow LASIK patients to serve as pilots and aircrew members. The change also removes the altitude and high-performance aircraft restrictions for people who have had LASIK. If you currently serve in the US Air Force, you may get refractive surgery for free. You will have to follow certain rules and regulations to apply for free eye surgery...