How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?
The amount you will pay for laser eye surgery will typically depend on the type of procedure you have, but you should expect to pay anywhere from £595 up to £2,175 per eye. It is worth shopping around and comparing the prices from different clinics to find the one that best suits your budget.
This table shows you the starting cost per eye for the most common types of laser eye surgery from the leading clinics in the UK. It is important to remember that these prices are the very lowest available and only serve as a guide price. You will likely be quoted a price higher than these. More information on the different types of laser eye surgery can be found in our guide.
|Type Of Laser Eye Surgery||Price Per Eye|
|Wavefront Technology||From £1495|
Can I Get Laser Eye Surgery On Finance?
Laser eye surgery finance is often available and can be very beneficial if you are not able to afford the full cost of surgery upfront. By paying an initial deposit followed by small monthly payments over a pre-agreed time period, finance packages enable you to conveniently spread the cost of your laser eye surgery.
The table below compares the finance options for the different types of laser eye surgeries. The information shows you the size of the deposit you should expect to pay, as well as the typical financial instalments per month over 10 and 24 months. These finance options have been obtained from leading laser eye clinics in the UK.
|Type Of Laser Eye Surgery||Deposit||10 Months||24 Months|
|LASIK||From £100||From £49.50||From £23.06|
|LASEK||From £100||From £49.50||From £23.06|
|PRK||From £500||From £168.00||From £70.05|
|IntraLASIK||From £169.50||From £152.55||From £63.57|
|EpiLASIK||From £100||From £70.00||From £29.17|
|Wavefront Technology||From £169.50||From £152.55||From £63.57|
There are some important factors you should take into consideration when using finance to purchase your laser eye surgery:
- You must be at least 18 years of age and have a bank account from which you can set up monthly direct debits.
- You will need to have been in full time employment for at least 12 months, and to have been a UK resident at a registered address for at least 3 years.
- Initial deposits are usually around 10% of the overall cost of your surgery, so you should make sure you can cover this amount before entering into a finance agreement.
- Monthly payments come with a fixed interest rate. For shorter payback periods, this is typically 0% meaning you only pay back the price of the laser eye surgery. For longer payback periods, the interest rate is often larger meaning you end up paying back more than the cost of the procedure.
- Using a finance option may have an impact on your credit score.
- If you have had any defaults on previous payments, county court judgements, bankruptcy notices or an IVA in your credit history, you may find it difficult to enter into financial deals.
- Make sure that you read and understand the terms and conditions of any finance agreement before you commit to it.
What Can Affect The Cost Of Laser Eye Surgery?
Several factors will have a bearing on the cost of your treatment, and you should consider these when looking at the options available to you:
- The type of treatment: the kind of treatment you have will affect the total cost of your laser eye surgery. In general, more sophisticated procedures such as PRK and wavefront technology will drive up the price.
- Your prescription: the higher your prescription, the more expensive your surgery will be. This is because higher prescriptions require a bigger change to the shape of the cornea to correct your vision. Different types of laser eye surgeries treat different prescription ranges.
- The surgeon: every laser eye surgeon in the UK must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Many of the more reputable surgeons will also be certified by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, meaning that they will be able to charge a higher fee. However, this will often be cost effective by enabling you to get a more experienced practitioner.
- The technology: the newer the laser technology, the higher the cost of surgery. Whilst the most up-to-date technology and equipment isn’t cheap in comparison to older technology, it means that the treatment is likely to be quicker, less uncomfortable and more accurate.
- The competition: in urban areas with several clinics, more competition should lead to more competitive pricing. In more rural areas, local clinics may be in a position to charge more, so check if commuting for treatment would be cheaper.
- The size of the clinic: larger clinics are often able to see a higher number of patients, which allows them squeeze profit margins and offer lower prices than a smaller clinic.
- Patient care: with larger, busier clinics you may not see your surgeon face-to-face before treatment. Initial assessments for laser eye surgery will often be made by an optician or optometrist, and whilst this can lower costs, it may mean that you don’t get to build a relationship with your surgeon prior to the surgery.
- Special offers: deals on laser eye surgery can be hard to come by, but they do exist and will reduce the cost.
Watch Alexander Ionides, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, discusss why the cost of laser eye surgery varies so much.
Should I Opt For The Cheapest Laser Eye Surgery?
With so many laser eye surgery clinics in the UK, it can be tempting to choose the cheapest laser eye surgery you can find. Whilst there are plenty of times in life when choosing the cheapest option will be fine, cutting corners when it comes to you sight is not one of these instances.
Using an experienced surgeon and the latest technology from a well-known clinic is the best way to ensure that the surgery you have is of a high quality, effective and of course safe.
If you are looking for cheap laser eye surgery then you are better visiting a national clinic within a highly competitive postcode, or one which uses older technology. It is worth remembering that for some people, cheap laser eye surgery is not an option due to their prescription and the type of treatment they require.
Will There Be Any Additional Costs?
Choosing a clinic that offers you low cost surgery may prove to be costlier than you think, as the advertised price often doesn’t include a number of additional, hidden costs. Below are some additional costs to be aware of when getting laser eye surgery:
- Eye Test: the clinic will need to check your prescription as this may affect the type of surgery you need. If this is not included in your initial consultation fee, prices will range between £20 and £40.
- Consultation: whilst initial consultations are often free, they can cost up to £170.
- Medication: whilst this may be included in the price of your surgery, it is important to check as you may need to purchase a number of different medications such as eye drops.
- Aftercare: aftercare is a very important aspect of any laser eye surgery to ensure that the procedure has been successful and to address any complications you may encounter. Follow-up appointments can range in price from £50 with an optician to around £150 with an ophthalmologist or ophthalmic surgeon.
It is important to factor these potential costs into the overall budget for your laser eye surgery as they can quickly add up, making the cost your surgery more than the amount you can afford to pay. It is important to consult with your laser eye surgeon what is included in the advertised price, and what isn’t.
Is It Worth Getting Laser Eye Surgery Abroad?
Many people consider having laser eye surgery abroad, but there are many reasons that this is not a good option. The surgery itself may be cheaper, but you need to factor in the cost of both travel and accommodation to the total price. This could make the procedure more expensive than getting it in the UK.
Less stringent qualification checks and language barriers can also make it difficult to find out exactly what qualifications your surgeon may have, and once you return to the UK accessing aftercare can be more problematic.
Can I Get Free Laser Eye Surgery?
If you suffer from a condition that affects your vision, one that could lead to partial – or even full -loss of eyesight if left untreated, then you may qualify for free laser eye surgery on the NHS. Qualifying conditions include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and certain corneal deficits.
Conditions which do not make you eligible for surgery on the NHS are those for which other non-surgical treatments such as glasses and contact lenses can correct vision issues. You can find out more information about laser eye surgery on the NHS using our guide.