What you need to know about LASIK fees before having LASIK.

The Alternative to $499 LASIK

When you are considering something as important as LASIK Eye surgery the lowest price usually is not the best option. LASIK Providers that advertise $499 LASIK fail to disclose several important facts you’ll want to know before having LASIK. 20/20 Institute’s Co-founder Dr. Mark Danzo, OD explains what you need to consider when choosing a LASIK provider.

We have set our LASIK fees to be an Exceptional Value.


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The peace of mind that comes with our 20/20 Institute LASIK Money Back Guarantee as well as making sure that you are not paying too much for LASIK are both very important aspects of choosing the right provider. 20/20 Institute continuously does market research to learn the fees of other LASIK providers. We have set our LASIK fees to be an exceptional value. We are unique in the marketplace in that we offer low LASIK fees combined with advanced technology; all to provide unsurpassed Visual Results.

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Advanced Bladeless Custom LASIK


Thanks to our handpicked experienced LASIK Surgeons, advanced technology and outstanding customer service (which includes our exclusive LASIK Money Back Guarantee)† thousands of Coloradoans have trusted their vision to the Specialists at 20/20 Institute.

Advanced All Laser Custom LASIK at 20/20 Institute

Included — Bladeless Flap Creation Technology
Included — Custom Wavefront (Guided or Optimized) Technology
Included — Treatment of Astigmatism
Included — Treatment of High Prescriptions
Included — Comprehensive Follow-up Care

What if I need Future LASIK Refinements?

20/20 Institute’s LASIK Assurance Plans provide peace of mind.

Our LASIK Assurance Plans (which is an additional fee to the patient) – No Charge Future Laser Vision Correction Refinements (if medically appropriate). Ask for details. You will be provided with a written commitment detailing the specific terms of these refinement programs during your office visit.

Affordable Payment Plans Available on Procedures at 20/20 Institute*

*With Approved Credit, Fixed Monthly Payments Required Until Paid in Full on qualifying purchases made with your CareCredit credit card account. Fixed Monthly Payment amount based on repayment over 24, 36, 48 or 60 month period. Outstanding balance will be charged at 14.90%. $81 a month is based on 60 month repayment period. Purchases of $1,000 or more are eligible for a 24, 36 or 48 month offer and purchases of $2,500 or more are eligible for a 60 month offer.

The Cost Differential Between LASIK Providers Explained

The cost of LASIK depends on which procedure the patient and doctor select as the best vision solution for that individual. Prices vary largely between providers because of four primary procedural items:


  • Prescription Tiered Pricing Provider or Flat Fee Provider – One of the first questions you should ask your potential LASIK provider is: Do you charge a flat fee for all eyeglass prescriptions or do you base your fees on the severity of my eyeglass prescription or astigmatism? A patient should try to determine this fact before committing to visiting a particular provider’s office. At 20/20 Institute we charge one flat fee for all eyeglass prescriptions including no additional fee for astigmatism.
  • Custom (Wavefront Technology) or Standard Corneal Reshaping Laser Technology – This is probably the single most important question patients can ask when it comes to visual outcome related to their LASIK procedure. When these corneal reshaping lasers were first introduced in the 1990s, they used a reshaping method known today as standard or traditional LASIK. Although this type of reshaping does an effective job of treating low to moderate prescriptions, it has a higher incidence of night glare and halos. It is also less effective in treating farsightedness and astigmatism. Many LASIK providers still utilize this older 1990s-based technology today. And, yes, this type of laser technology is less expensive. This most advanced form of LASIK is Wavefront (Guided or Optimized) it provides the patient a greater probability of the best visual result and the best quality of vision, especially at night. Patients should be sure as to what reshaping technology they will be treated with and what they are being charged for that technology. Of course, when it comes to the probability of your visual result this is a “you get what you pay for” scenario. Wavefront technology does not remove the risks and side effects that can come with LASIK.
  • Bladed or Bladeless Flap Creation – In the first step of LASIK, the surgeon fashions a thin corneal flap of tissue and lays it back out of the way prior to reshaping the cornea to treat the patient’s underlying eyeglass prescription with an excimer laser. This first step of flap creation can be performed using a 1990s surgical device called a bladed microkeratome or a more advanced device, a bladeless femtosecond laser. Most patients today choose the bladeless laser flap creation for obvious reasons. The more advanced bladeless laser option is more expensive.
  • Future LASIK Enhancements for Refinements – Although LASIK is an effective means of treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, it has a probability of outcome just like all other medical procedures. The good news is that LASIK is one of the most accurate and effective medical procedures performed in the world today. Still, every LASIK patient has a chance of needing an initial enhancement or refinement (a second procedure) to refine their vision within six months of their original LASIK surgery, even though in most cases that chance of needing an initial refinement is only 5-10% to help the patient achieve their best possible visual result. Patients should check if the cost of an initial enhancement or refinement is included in the original fee they have paid for LASIK. More importantly, a patient should be clear on the fact that a patients vision after LASIK can change over time. A patient should know what is the long-term vision commitment tied to the LASIK plan they are choosing. The term “lifetime vision commitment” is used a lot in the field of LASIK. However, not all LASIK Providers approach future Enhancements or Refinements the same way. The best long-term LASIK care plans contain two important elements. First, that the LASIK commitment being provided is for medically appropriate future refinements if the patient vision would drop below 20/20. 20/20 is the standard of vision that is universally considered clear vision. Unfortunately, patients need to be careful. Many LASIK Providers offer a deceptive “lifetime LASIK commitment” that requires a patient’s vision after LASIK to deteriorate to 20/40 (or approximately 1 Diopter of power) before the LASIK provider will refine or enhance the patient’s vision under the terms of their so called commitment. Patients should be fully educated on these details and know what they are agreeing to based on the details of a written agreement for their future LASIK care. Lastly, some “lifetime LASIK commitments” require patients to be “perfect” in maintaining annual eye exams with their LASIK provider at an additional annual fee of up to $150 per year to keep the “lifetime LASIK commitment” valid. Over a 10-year period that is an additional $1500 the patient is paying to keep the commitment active. Patients should be sure their LASIK Provider does not require annual eye exams to be valid.



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