LASIK Eye Surgery Cost Chicago

LASIK Eye Surgery Cost Chicago 2023

LASIK surgery has often been described as a life-changing experience. In today's consumer-driven world, many patients worry about LASIK eye surgery costs and believe that surgery isn't an option for them. The information below will help you get a better understanding of LASIK surgery costs across the US, as well as here in Chicago.

What Is the National Average Cost of LASIK Surgery in the USA?

What Is the National Average Cost of LASIK Surgery in the USA?

How much does LASIK eye surgery cost? There is a lot of variation in the cost of LASIK surgery, costs can range from $2,400 to $3,200 per eye. According to a 2021 report in Clinical Ophthalmology, the average cost of LASIK surgery per eye in the United States in 2020 was $2,632. Although you might see ads for this procedure for as low as $250, these are targeted for minimal corrections or could be teaser rates to grab your interest and simply get you in the door.

Do LASIK Surgery Costs Vary by State?

When researching LASIK eye surgery costs, remember that the price is going to vary. LASIK costs, especially in areas where the cost of living is higher, are going to carry a higher price point. Experience and level of technology used will also play an important factor and is an area you should consider before considering cutting corners.

Surgery Costs

How Much Does LASIK Cost in Chicago?

For a blade-less iDesign CustomVue LASIK procedure, the average LASIK cost per eye is between $2200 to $3200. Cost varies from person to person, so the best way to find out what your exact cost of surgery will be is to come in for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation.

Factors Affecting LASIK Surgery Cost

When considering LASIK eye surgery, it's crucial to understand the factors that can influence the overall cost. While the prospect of clear vision without glasses or contacts is enticing, one must also factor in the variables that can affect the price. Here's a detailed look at some determinants below.

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Type of LASIK Surgery

LASIK Cost by Surgery Type

LASIK eye surgery cost also depends on the type of surgery being performed: Your eye surgeon will work with you to determine the specific type of laser vision correction that’s best for you. Keep in mind that the majority of these procedures are priced per eye and you might need one treatment for one eye and another treatment for the other.

  • Custom LASIK: Custom LASIK procedures use more advanced scanning technology and specialized laser software, such as Wavescan technology, to correct your vision. Before you have custom LASIK surgery, your eyes will be measured using the Wavescan system. This technology will create a custom map of your eyes and use computerized data to develop precise prescription measurements that will aid in the development of your specific treatment. This procedure is 100% customized to meet the needs of each individual patient and is effective in correcting lower and higher-order aberrations;
  • All-Laser LASIK: As the name suggests, all-laser LASIK (also known as bladeless LASIK) doesn’t involve any surgical cutting of the cornea. Instead, it relies on computer-guided control of a femtosecond laser, allowing your surgeon to carefully refine the corneal flap and help to create a secure flap edge. This helps patients to heal faster and reduces the risk of flap complications such as displacement.

LASIK for One Eye or Both Eyes

Some patients seek LASIK to improve both of their eyes while others opt to only get it on one eye that needs correction. Whether you decide to get it for one, or both eyes, will play a large part in how much it will cost.

By Eye Condition

Many refractive errors can be improved through LASIK, and some conditions are more expensive to treat than others.

  • Amblyopia: Amblyopia is commonly referred to as lazy eye and can be a safe option for patients with lazy eye. On average, LASIK for amblyopia costs around $2,500 per eye in the United States;
  • Hyperopia: Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is another common condition that can be treated with LASIK. During this procedure, the corneal tissue will be reshaped. LASIK for farsightedness costs $2,400-$3,200 per eye;
  • Myopia: LASIK is an excellent procedure for patients with nearsightedness, or myopia. Lasik for myopia costs $2,400-$3,200 per eye.


Another factor in LASIK eye surgery cost is the location in which you live. In some markets, such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, etc., the cost of living is higher. You should expect to pay a bit more in these locations.

Surgeon's Experience

The skill and experience of the surgeon will play a pivotal role in the cost structure. A seasoned surgeon, with a long history of successful surgeries and fewer complications, might charge more due to their established reputation and proven expertise.

Facility and Equipment

The location where the laser eye surgery takes place, along with the technology employed, can significantly influence the cost. Facilities equipped with the latest advancements in LASIK technology often have higher overheads due to the investment in state-of-the-art equipment. Although these clinics might charge more, the cutting-edge technology they use can ensure better results and a smoother post-operative experience.

What's Included in the Cost Of LASIK?

Here at our practice, we pride ourselves on the fact that there are no hidden fees associated with your LASIK surgery.

Our fee is a global fee, which includes:

  • All your pre-and post-operative care and visits for 1 year;
  • The cost of enhancement laser eye surgery procedure, if needed, within the first 2 years from the date of the original treatment;
  • Pre-operative measurements, including those measurements performed utilizing the iDesign 2.0 technology. This technology allows us to customize each treatment based on a patient's precise and unique visual needs;
  • In rare circumstances where a retreatment is needed, the cost of an enhancement procedure is included in the cost if performed within 2 years of the date of the primary surgery.
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LASIK Eye Surgery Payment Options

The decision to undergo LASIK surgery is not just a medical one, but also a financial one. Understanding your financing options can make the laser eye surgery procedure more accessible and manageable for your budget. Our practice accepts many forms of payment for your LASIK procedure. These include cash, cashier's checks, all major credit cards, and more.

Does Insurance Cover LASIK?

LASIK surgery is considered an elective procedure and is not typically covered by major medical insurance plans. Check with your insurance provider to see if any part of the procedure is covered, and if so, how much.

Are There Financing Plans for LASIK Eye Surgery?

Kraff Eye Institute offers financing through CareCredit, America’s top patient payment program. CareCredit offers flexible monthly payment plans which help with the upfront costs of LASIK. To find out more about our financing options, visit our Financing page.*The Kraff Eye Institute does not have any influence over who is approved for financing and who is not. Care Credit is not part of the Kraff Eye Institute.


Discounts & Promotions

Kraff Eye works with many outstanding optometrists and offers their patients special pricing towards LASIK eye surgery. Dr. Kraff also partners with many companies throughout the Chicago area and we offer employees of those companies special pricing for LASIK and PRK surgery.

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

HSAs and FSAs allow individuals to set aside pre-tax dollars from their salaries for medical expenses. While the funds are primarily used for deductibles and medical costs not covered by insurance, they can also be used for LASIK surgery.

Is LASIK Worth the Investment?

The majority of LASIK patients attain 20/20 vision, and over 99% express satisfaction with their outcomes. But by choosing LASIK surgery you aren’t only achieving a clear vision but also embracing its long-term financial benefits. Many find that the upfront cost of LASIK is offset by years of savings from not purchasing glasses, contact lenses, and associated maintenance products. To understand how much you could save, try our LASIK savings calculator. It provides a clear insight into the potential financial advantages, helping you decide if LASIK is a worthwhile investment for you.

Is LASIK Worth the Investment?

Why Should I Choose Kraff Eye for LASIK Surgery?

At the Kraff Eye Institute, patient trust and exceptional outcomes converge:

  • Proven expertise: Dr. Colman Kraff is a pioneer of LASIK and PRK surgery and has participated in dozens of studies over the past 3 decades to help with the advancement of these procedures. With having performed over 70,000 procedures, you will not find another LASIK surgeon with as much experience as Dr. Kraff; his experience is second to none;
  • State-of-the-art technology: The iDesign 2.0 is the most advanced, highest-definition, way of mapping and treating the cornea. Dr. Kraff helped develop and participated in the 2012 clinical study that helped get the iDesign approved by the FDA. The additional effort helped with the development of iDesign 2.0, which is where the technology stands today;
  • Reputation for excellence: Dr. Kraff has played a pivotal role in developing both LASIK and PRK surgery over the years by working with the FDA on customizing treatments based on each patient's specific and unique characteristics.

Choose excellence, precision, and care. Choose Kraff Eye for your LASIK journey.

Is LASIK Worth the Investment?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does LASIK cost for astigmatism?

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The cost of LASIK surgery for astigmatism generally falls within the same range as LASIK for myopia or hyperopia. In the U.S., the average cost for LASIK for astigmatism can hover around $2,000 to $3,000 per eye.

Are there any risks in choosing a cheaper LASIK option?

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Cheaper LASIK might include outdated technology or less experienced surgeons, potentially increasing risks or reducing success rates.

Are there any hidden fees?

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Some clinics might have additional fees for pre/post-operative care or medication. Always request a detailed cost breakdown.

Why is there such a variation in LASIK prices?

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LASIK prices vary due to differing surgical techniques, surgeon experience, facility quality, and regional costs of living.

Can you use HSA money for LASIK?

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A patient can use their HSA funds towards the cost of their LASER procedure.

Can you pay for LASIK with FSA?

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FSA funds can be used towards the cost of a patient's LASER surgery.