Authentic Care & Straightforward Pricing for LASIK
No bait and switch tactics or fast talk about LASIK prices at 20/20 Institute. We offer straightforward pricing and Denver’s best fee for our advanced Bladeless All-Laser Wavefront-Optimized® LASIK*.
20/20 Institute’s LASIK Pledge
We are the ONLY provider in Denver that offers this Simple Pledge: You will achieve 20/20 vision after your LASIK procedure with us or you will receive a full refund*
What Type of LASIK Technology do You Want?
Most patients are surprised to hear that there are different types of LASIK offered in the Denver Metro area. Patients generally believe that all LASIK is the same everywhere. This is very far from the truth. One of the best ways to appreciate the advancements in LASIK technology is to recall how much cellphone technology has advanced in the last 20 years. Remember the old “brick” cell phone? What a difference between that and today’s ultra-thin and fast smart phones! Similarly, significant advancements in technology to improve speed, safety and efficacy have happened in LASIK since its introduction nearly 20 years ago.
Our fee includes our advanced technology along with one year of comprehensive follow up care. During your initial telephone conversation with one of our experienced LASIK Counselors we will provide you with answers to all of your questions. If you choose to proceed, of course a complimentary doctor evaluation will be required to confirm your medical LASIK candidacy. If you medically qualify, you will be offered the option to add our Lifetime LASIK Assurance Plan*.
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97% of Our Patients Achieve 20/20 Vision or Better*
Greater Than 99% Achieve Legal Driving Vision**
To understand the true cost of their LASIK, a patient should understand the choices that they have when choosing a LASIK provider. It is common for a patient to think the doctor will make all the choices for them related to the LASIK procedure. True, the doctor will address many of the candidacy questions. However, there are still some key decisions that are left up to the patient, mostly driven by which LASIK Provider the patient selects to perform his or her LASIK. You should be fully informed on these key decisions. After all, they are your eyes.
A patient considering LASIK in Denver has four (4) primary areas of choice that usually determine the price of their procedure.
- 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 charge me based on the severity of my eyeglass prescription and astigmatism?” A patient should try to find this fact out before committing to visiting a particular provider’s office. At 20/20 Institute, we provide a simple and straightforward single fee over the telephone and on this website that you will receive for your LASIK procedure with us.
- Bladed or Bladeless Flap Creation – In the first step of the LASIK procedure, the surgeon creates a thin corneal flap of tissue and lays it back out of the way prior to reshaping the cornea to treat the patient’s 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 all-laser option is more expensive. Patients having LASIK today at 20/20 Institute all receive a Bladeless Laser Flap Creation.
- Which Corneal Reshaping Laser Technology – This is probably the single most important question patients can ask when it comes to the visual outcome related to their LASIK procedures, especially as it pertains to their night vision after LASIK. The FDA approved the use of excimer lasers (the type of laser used in LASIK) in 1995 in the United States*. Some LASIK Providers may rely on older lasers that were built for Standard LASIK treatments when they were originally approved by the FDA in the 1990s. These older lasers may have had some upgrades done to them to be able to perform more advanced treatments, however these lasers were not originally engineered for Custom Wavefront or Topography LASIK. Therefore, these older lasers still perform both older standard treatments and possibly the more advanced Wavefront and Topography treatments, however none of these older Lasers can perform Wavefront-Optimized® LASIK. Some LASIK providers may still utilize this older technology on their patients’ eyes today, so a patient should be sure as to what reshaping technology will be used for their treatment and what they are being charged for that technology. Of course, when it comes to the probability of your visual result, LASIK is a “you get what you pay for” scenario. All Patients having LASIK today at 20/20 Institute receive Wavefront-Optimized® corneal reshaping.
- Vision Commitment Period – Although LASIK is one of the most accurate and effective medical procedures performed in the world today, there are no outcome guarantees in any medical procedure, and LASIK has a probability of outcome just like all other medical procedures. Even though over 97% of patients that have LASIK at 20/20 achieve 20/20 uncorrected vison at distance*, long term a patient’s prescription can change after having LASIK. You should discuss your particular probabilities with your doctor. Patients should check to see if the cost of an enhancement or refinement is included in the original fee they have paid for LASIK. More importantly a patient should be clear on the details of the long-term vision commitment tied to the LASIK plan they are choosing. The term “Lifetime Vision Commitment” (or similar) is used very frequently in the field of LASIK, however very frequently the definition of “Lifetime” varies from provider to provider. 20/20 Institute provides the most comprehensive, lowest long-term cost LASIK Lifetime Plan in the country.
The 3 important Lifetime Vision Commitment elements to watch out for:
- Patient may want to check to be sure that All LASIK refinements are at NO CHARGE to the patient, not simply a reduced charge.
- 20/20 is the standard of vision that is universally considered to be clear vision. Unfortunately patients need to be careful. Some LASIK providers may offer a Lifetime Vision Commitment that requires a patient’s vision after LASIK to deteriorate to a certain level before the LASIK provider will provide a complimentary refinement or enhancement. Patients should be fully educated on these details and know what they are agreeing to for their future LASIK care.
- Lastly, patients may want to be sure that their Lifetime Vision Commitment does not require annual eye exams to be valid. Some LASIK providers offer a Lifetime Vision Commitment that requires the patient to be “perfect” in maintaining annual eye exams with their LASIK provider (or sometimes at any eye doctor) at an additional annual fee of up to $150 per year in order to keep the Lifetime Vision Commitment valid. Miss an eye exam and you may void the Lifetime Commitment you purchased. Of course, required annual eye exams become an ongoing cost to the patient in order to maintain this type of Lifetime LASIK commitment that has already been purchased. By example, over the first 10 years at $150/year, it would cost you an additional $1,500 to keep the Lifetime Vision Commitment active, and, if you miss year 11’s required annual eye exam, you may void your Lifetime Vision Commitment. Yes, you should absolutely maintain your eye health with regular eye exams; however we do not require you to be “perfect” with annual exams for you to maintain your 20/20 Institute Lifetime LASIK Assurance Plan.
**20/20 Vision is defined as the ability of the patient to correctly identify a majority of the letters on the 20/20 line of the Snellen distance visual acuity chart, without the use of glasses or corrective prescription lenses of any kind. 20/20 Vision is NOT defined as perfect vision, and is NOT a measurement of the quality of a patient’s vision. Quality of vision issues may exist, including but not limited to glare, haloes, ghosting, fluctuating vision, loss of contrast sensitivity, even if you achieve 20/20 vision. Monocular is defined as one eye at a time and Binocular is defined as using both eyes at the same time. Some patients over 40 years of age choose a final visual goal “target” in one of their two eyes for near vision to be 20/20 instead of distance vision for 20/20 in that eye. This strategy (monovision or blended vision) allows them to see better at distance and near at the same time when both eyes are open. Those target 20/20 near visual goals are also included in these reported outcomes.
Like any surgical procedure, there is variability in the outcome of any Procedure; therefore any Lasik or PRK Procedure may result in less than 20/20 Vision. If, after an Initial Lasik or PRK Procedure, your vision is not 20/20, a Refinement Procedure is usually performed between 3 and 6 months after the Initial LVC Procedure in order to treat the residual prescription. The above numbers include patients that have received a refinement procedure. The stability of your distance prescription is not 100% predictable long term; therefore, it is possible that your distance prescription may change in the future. If you have a change in your distance prescription, a Refinement Procedure may be able to restore your distance vision to 20/20 Vision.
Laser Vision Correction surgery may not eliminate your need for glasses, as it is possible to have LVC Surgery and still require glasses or contact lenses for everyday vision, reading, close-up work, night driving, and other activities. Laser Vision Correction Surgery for nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism does not eliminate the need for reading glasses due to normal aging of the eye, the condition called presbyopia. Medical and surgical outcomes cannot be guaranteed.