Lasik, which stands for laser in situ kertomileusis, is a common outpatient surgical procedure in which an eye doctor employs a laser to reshape the cornea to help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved lasers for Lasik surgery in 1998. Today about 600,000 Lasik surgeries are performed annually nationwide. Studies of patients following surgery reveal the vast majority are satisfied with the procedure, but the FDA reports there are some risks associated with Lasik surgery.
The price for Lasik eye surgery ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 per eye depending on several factors. According to Healthcare Blue Book, a free online guide that lists fair prices for healthcare services, the nationwide average for a simple Lasik procedure is about $2,000 per eye. The fair price is what a health service provider typically accepts from insurance companies as full payment, which tends to be substantially less than the billed amount.