Is LASIK Worth The Cost? A Year-By-Year Breakdown

Thinking about having a LASIK procedure done to correct your vision? Many people who have had a LASIK procedure agree that it’s well worth the cost. Over time, a LASIK procedure will pay for itself, especially if you typically wear high quality contact lenses.

Let’s take a look at how the average cost of a LASIK procedure compares to the cost of typical use of glasses and contacts.

Vision correction method Cost per year Cost after 10 years Cost after 20 years
LASIK One-time cost, approximately $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Daily contacts $1,000, plus solution, cases, and appointments to re-certify prescription $10,000 $20,000
Monthly contacts $600, plus solution, cases, and appointments to re-certify prescription $6,000 $12,000
Glasses $200/ pair, plus regular appointments to check prescription $600 $1,200


If you’re someone who prefers using contacts to glasses, there’s no question that LASIK is the best financial choice long-term. If you wear glasses, you may be able to get away with saving money by continuing to wear glasses rather than getting a LASIK procedure or switching to contacts.

Many people who have worn glasses or contacts for years find that they prefer the convenience of LASIK. They get to enjoy fewer eye appointments, and they’re able to wake up in the morning and simply see, without having to find their glasses or put their contacts in. Many LASIK surgeons include all pre- and post-operative care in the overall cost of the procedure. Some surgeons only provide the actual LASIK procedure in their office, and work with another eye care center to provide pre- and post-operative care. Be sure to talk with your surgeon about how their office organizes the continuum of care before, during, and after your LASIK procedure.

Of course, prices for LASIK can vary widely, and it’s important to note that the above costs are simply an estimate. Your surgeon’s experience, the cost of living in your area, and the level of vision correction that you need can all weigh into how much your LASIK procedure will cost.

If you’re interested in LASIK vision correction but are concerned about the cost of your procedure, be sure to talk with your doctor or surgeon’s office about whether you can use insurance, or if they offer payment plans to help you manage the cost of your procedure. A good eye surgeon will help you to feel comfortable with discussing any concerns that you have with your LASIK procedure. You should never feel pressured to make a decision, and you should feel that you’re able to ask questions to help you decide whether LASIK is a good fit for you.