Eye Exams, LASIK and Cataract Surgery Costs Explained
There are essentially two types of eye exams:
Routine Eye Exams
Routine eye exams involve a series of different tests and usually produce a diagnosis of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia, along with a prescription for corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses, if required.
This type of exam is covered by Vision Plan insurance. Vision plans also cover the cost of glasses and/or contact lenses, up to a certain limit. If you don’t have a Vision plan, you are responsible for the cost of your routine eye exam.
Medical Eye Exams
Medical eye exams are booked if you have an eye disease or condition, such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, suffer from dry eye or have an eye injury.
The medical eye exam is covered by Health Insurance plans. Your health insurance will cover the exam fee excluding any co-pays, co‑insurance and deductibles. More on eye exams.
Cost of Eye Exams
Fees for an eye exam can range from $60 to $200, depending on the type of exam, and the number of diagnostic tests required. Our contact lens fitting fees range from $55 to $190, depending on the level of service. If you have Vision or Health Insurance, we are happy to verify your benefits when you book an appointment. Clemson Eye is a provider for most insurance plans and is happy to file your insurance claim for our services. All co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles are due on the date of service. If you don’t have health insurance coverage, you would have to pay for the eye exam out of pocket or use our payment plan. We request a deposit of $125 at the time of registration and offer 35% off the final eye exam bill to all self‑paying patients. For all patients, payment in full is due on the day of service. Please come prepared to make payment in the form of check, cash or credit card. Clemson Eye also offers patients 24‑month, 0% payment plans. We at Clemson Eye are knowledgeable about insurance coverage and will do our best to help you understand your plan’s benefits. However, it is your responsibility to understand your coverage, including any deductibles and co‑pays. When in doubt, you should review your policy carefully and/or contact your provider with your specific questions. More on Payment Plan More on Insurance Providers
Cost of LASIK
LASIK is a discretionary procedure, and as such is not eligible for Health Insurance or Vision plan coverage. You can however use funds from FSAs or HSAs to cover LASIK and some other eye care costs – including eye exams, contact lenses and prescription glasses – for you, your spouse or a dependent. More on FSAs and HSAs Your vision is extremely important. That’s why you should select that highest quality provider for your LASIK and other eye care. It is important to understand there are different procedures and technologies. Clemson Eye performs only the most advanced bladeless LASIK, using the best and fastest laser suite available in the market today. The national median price of bladeless LASIK surgery for both eyes, according to data provided by OKCopay is between $4,300-$4,400. At Clemson Eye, it is $4,390 or $2,195 per eye, after you include our current $1,000 off offer. Studies indicate LASIK saves patients a considerable amount of money on the replacement costs of eye glasses and contact lenses over their lifetime. It can be in the tens of thousands. More on Cost of LASIK Calculate Your LASIK Savings More on Payment Plan
Cost of Cataract Surgery
Basic cataract surgery is covered by Medicare and Health Insurance plans. Laser-assisted cataract surgery with advanced lens implants requires additional payment. Medicare and Health Insurance will provide the same basic cataract fee towards laser cataract surgery with advanced lenses, but additional payment is required. The additional payment will depend on the type of procedure and advanced intraocular lens you opt for. We’ll discuss the various options and costs with you at your appointment. As most patients no longer require glasses after laser cataract surgery, they too save money on the replacement costs of eye glasses and contact lenses over their lifetime. More on Laser Cataract Surgery Cataract Self Evaluation More on Payment Plan