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How Much Does PRK Cost?
6 Doctor Answers | Asked by anon
The Cost of PRK or LASIK
PRK normally costs the same as LASIK. Approximately $2000 - $4000 per eye in most cases. While LASIK often uses 2 lasers vs. 1 laser during PRK, PRK requires more post op care and so there typically is not a difference in cost.
What is the cost of PRK?
As in most offices, we charge the same for PRK and LASIK. Although there is less involved in the surgical process for PRK patients, their healing takes substantially longer and requires more follow up visits.
In many practices the price between PRK and LASIK is the same
This varies greatly. In many practices the price between PRK and LASIK is the same. Other costs may include custom treatments or bladeless LASIK.
PRK and LASIK costs should be similar
In my Maryland practice PRK and LASIK are at the same price point. I do know of a few practices that "tier" pricing based on the severity of the prescription and the method of correcting it(PRK vs LASIK). In my experience, the amount of work and surgical skill needed to do either procedure is almost the same. If anything, PRK requires a few more post operative visits than LASIK(due to slower surface healing with PRK) so a case could be made to charge more for PRK(but I do not)....
Cost of PRK
At our practice, we typically perform CustomVue PRK, the best of technologies available. You should expect to pay anywhere from $3500 to $5000 to have both eyes treated in the DC/VA/MD market. At our practice, the cost for LASIK and PRK is identical. Additionally, some practices have tiered pricing, meaning the lower your prescription, the less you pay. I appreciate tiered pricing based upon your visual need, but opting for a lesser technology (like standard PRK instead of CustomVue...
PRK costs about the same as LASIK
At first one might think that PRK should cost less than LASIK, but in most cases it is about the same. One thing to realize is that because PRK involves removing the epithelium from the eye, the recovery is longer and many times requires more visits. Because the visits are bundled into the cost in most cases, the increased intensity of care offsets the fact that a flap does not need to be made in PRK like it does in LASIK. Also, the patients who have PRK are in general higher risk which...