LASIK vs. Contact Lenses: Which Costs More?

Many people are hesitant in undergoing LASIK eye surgery in Wilkes-Barre, one reason being the high cost. A lot of people opt for glasses and contact lenses instead, thinking they are saving some money. But did you know that the cost of contact lenses over a 20 year period is more than the one-time fee of LASIK surgery? Let’s take a look at how the long-term cost benefit of LASIK outweighs that of contact lenses.

Contact Lens Cost

Contact lenses need to be replaced often. If you wear daily disposable contact lenses, this can certainly rack up a large bill over the years, not to mention they’re a bit of a hassle. The average person spends up to $240 per year on their contact lens prescriptions. Over a 20 year period, the cost of contact lens prescriptions is more than the average cost of LASIK, which is about $4,500 all together.

The number above does not factor in frequent doctor’s visits for prescription changes, or contact lens accessories and solution. It also does not factor in the money that medications may cost for a contact lens related eye infection. In the long run, contact lens wearers will see a substantial amount in savings by getting LASIK surgery.

Is LASIK the Answer?

LASIK surgery is a costly upfront expense – there is no doubt about that. However, many people say that they would do it all over again if they had to – the results are that good. The clarity and freedom that comes along with LASIK surgery is hard to put a price on.

Of course, the numbers above are not always going to be the reality. Some patients require touch-ups on their LASIK surgery after a few years. Generally, those who need touch-ups once do not need them again later. Also, LASIK surgery may correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, but it cannot stop the natural aging process. Many LASIK patients will still need reading glasses in their middle age as the result of a condition called presbyopia.

Even after factoring in these variables, LASIK surgery is still a great benefit to those looking for the hassle-free life that comes along with ditching their prescription contact lenses.


For those who cannot justify spending a large sum of money at once, Eyecare Specialists offers great financing options through CareCredit. CareCredit allows patients to pay for their procedure in portions, making LASIK a little easier on the wallet. Contact us at our offices in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton to learn more about CareCredit!

Are you interested in LASIK, but worried about the price tag? Call us at Eyecare Specialists in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, PA. We strive to make LASIK surgery accessible to as many people as possible! Call today to make your LASIK consultation appointment!