LASIK Hidden Costs at Discount Centers

Monday, September 30, 2013

LASIK Hidden Costs at Discount Centers

“Patients thinking about LASIK need to be knowledgeable about the way discount centers are often a bit misleading about hidden LASIK costs,” commented Erica Mitchell, Refractive Surgery Coordinator at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine. “Beware of low LASIK prices as they are often burdened with hidden costs you don’t know about at discount LASIK centers,” she said. “LASIK costs are affordable for almost anyone who wishes to minimize their dependence on or even eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses to see at distance. BUT-there are many patients who shop for the best price for LASIK and end up getting an unpleasant surprise,” noted Maine LASIK Surgeon Ravi Shah, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group. “Reputable and trusted LASIK surgeons tend to quote fees for LASIK that are comprehensive fees-that is they include everything you need to have LASIK and its associated evaluations and follow up care-regardless of your prescription,” continued Dr. Shah.

Discount LASIK centers that offer the lure of the best price for LASIK often quote a price for LASIK that is right on the edge of being deceptive in that it uses the lowest price to draw you in for an evaluation and get you excited about the possibility of having LASIK but then presenting you with hidden costs and fees. These hidden costs and fees can include an additional fee for your prescription that was not within the advertised range, it can include an extra hidden cost of LASIK for astigmatism, it can include an additional hidden cost for follow up care, it may include an extra hidden cost for custom wavefront LASIK or an add on hidden cost for enhancements-and on and on. Hidden costs and fees for LASIK are somewhat typical of the sales and marketing practices of certain discount centers. LASIK is surgery. “You should choose a LASIK surgeon based on their reputation as recommended by friends and relatives and NOT based on the best price. Choosing a LASIK surgeon based on the best price alone could set you up for a number of hidden costs you can’t even understand and end up costing you more in the long run,” summarized Ms. Mitchell.

If you or someone you know has a question about LASIK or would like to schedule a Free LASIK Consultation please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020.