PRK Cost: Contributing Factors
Many factors can affect photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK cost, including the level of technology at the practice and the training and experience of the doctor. We understand that budgeting for corrective vision surgery can be nerve-wracking but we can help inform you of your unique treatment cost and payment options. If you are considering PRK surgery, you want to choose a doctor with experience who stays up-to-date with cutting-edge technology. Dr. Walter Choate in Goodlettsville, TN, has been practicing as an optometrist since 1979, providing quality, compassionate care to the community.
Weighing Benefits of the Procedure
When you combine the cost of glasses, contact lenses, vision prescriptions, and contact lens solution, the cost can add up to hundreds of dollars each year. Although PRK surgery requires a substantial payment upfront, most patients find the investment to be well worth it. Most notably, the convenience provided by vision correction surgery is considerable. By investing in your vision now, you can save yourself the stress and hassle of wearing corrective eyewear everyday for years to come.
Although PRK surgery requires a substantial payment upfront, most patients find the investment to be well worth the cost.
When making an investment in your health, it is important to understand the factors associated with the bottom line. The cost depends on several factors, including:
- Equipment: Different practices use different machines and technologies, from consultations through surgery. More sophisticated technology will raise the total treatment cost but will also ensure safer, more precise treatment.
- Complexity of the Procedure: Patients with more severe cases of myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism may need more extensive treatment. More complex procedures can result in a higher surgical cost.
- Experience of the Surgeon: Typically, the more experience a surgeon has, the costlier the procedure will be. However, this difference in cost reflects superior expertise and techniques, and should be weighed when deciding on a doctor.
- Cost of Anesthesia: In order to make sure you are comfortable during your procedure, we provide specific medications and numbing eye drops. These supplies are typically reflected in the overall cost of PRK.
The total of these items, as well as miscellaneous, additional costs such as post-operative medication, can vary considerably for each individual case. The best way to receive a personally tailored estimate is to attend a consultation at our office.
Is PRK Covered By Insurance?
PRK is widely considered to be an elective procedure. Unfortunately, this means most insurance companies will not cover the treatment. However, our team will work closely with you to find a treatment solution that will work best with your goals and budget.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you are growing tired of wearing glasses or contacts, corrective eye surgery may be an option for you. To find out more about PRK or another vision correction solution, schedule an appointment with Dr. Choate. You can contact us online anytime, or call our office at (615) 851-7575.