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PRK Costs: What Refractive Surgery Patients Should Know

By William Holcomb on March 11, 2016


A eye being treated with a laserHere at Holcomb Laser Center, we believe in providing eye care patients with all the information they need to make confident choices. This has helped establish us as one of the leading vision correction centers in the Madison area.

Many patient have asked us about PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), a refractive surgery option for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Let's explore this option right now.

About PRK

PRK is a type of refractive surgery procedure that is similar to LASIK. During PRK, the topmost layer of the cornea (the epithelium) is carefully removed, allowing a refractive surgeon to reshape the cornea and improve the passes of light through the eyes in the process. The results of PRK are comparable to those of LASIK.

The Average Cost of PRK

The average cost of PRK can vary from patient to patient for different reasons, which is why offering a price range or national average in terms of cost may not paint a full picture of what the procedure involves.

That said, we'd be more than happy to provide you with a custom price quote as part of the consultation process. This will allow you to learn about all of the costs associated with the procedure and get a full breakdown of the medical costs as well.

What Factors Can Affect the Total Cost of PRK?

Some factors that can affect the total cost of PRK treatment include:

  • The location of the practice
  • The expertise of the refractive surgeons
  • The complexity of the patient's case
  • Special discounts/promotions unique to individual practices

Will My Insurance Cover PRK?

By and large, PRK is not covered by a person's insurance except in very unique and rare circumstances. Since insurance providers do vary, it's important that you check with you insurance provider directly to get all the information you need about such matters.

Monthly Financing Options for PRK

If the cost of PRK proves to be prohibitive for a household or individual, there are monthly financing options available that can put the procedure within reach. These payment plans function much like a traditional loan or a credit card, allowing patients to divide the total cost of care into manageable monthly payments with a reasonable interest rate.

Is PRK Less Expensive Than LASIK?

Generally, PRK is a little less expensive than LASIK. This does vary somewhat from patient to patient and from practice to practice, but on the whole, PRK patients can expect to pay a little less than LASIK patients.

Are Corrective Lenses Less Expensive Than PRK?

In the short term, corrective lenses are definitely less expensive than PRK. However, when comparing the lifetime of changes to glasses or contacts to the long-term vision improvement of PRK surgery, this ratio tends to change. In some cases, PRK may be less expensive than a lifetime of changing your glasses and contacts.

We can help you crunch numbers as part of the consultation process. Also keep in mind that there's a convenience offered by PRK that is unique from the use of glasses and contacts. This convenience doesn't have a set monetary value, of course.

Weighing All of Your Options for Refractive Surgery

It's important that patients carefully weight their eye care options so they can undergo the treatment that is right for them and their needs. During your consultation, we'll be sure to go over all of these matters in full detail so you can make the best choices when it comes to your overall vision care needs.

Schedule a Consultation at Holcomb Laser Center

To learn more about PRK and your many other options for advanced eye care treatment, be sure to contact our advanced vision correction and eye care center today. The team at Holcomb Laser Center looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent vision.

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