NEW YORK, Aug. 11 A team of financial planners at DiamondVision (www.diamondvision.com) has devised a free online tool to help thepublic calculate how much they can save on glasses and contact lenses with theLASIK procedure.
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The calculator, available at www.savewithlasik.com, projects savings overa lifetime, and can work accurately by using actual costs, not just estimates.
The results are stunning:
-- Even using discount contact lens prices, a 25 year old can expect tospend at least $28,500 over a lifetime on glasses, solutions and contactlenses. After LASIK (average price: $3,000 for both eyes), the savings cometo $25,500 -- the price of a car.
-- For users of daily disposable contact lenses, the savings easily fallinto the $50,000 range.
-- The younger the patient, of course, the bigger the savings over time.
Every year, Americans spend 13.8 billion dollars on glasses, contactlenses and solutions. Ninety-percent of them continue to wear and pay for themyear after year. By contrast, spending on laser vision correction istypically a one-time event.
Diamond Vision concludes that in addition to being a passport to a freerlifestyle, LASIK can be part of sound financial planning--an advantage that islargely overlooked when people focus only on the one-time fee for theprocedure.
Cost savings is not the only advantage: last year, Diamond Vision debunkedanother myth by drawing attention to a scientific study suggesting that LASIKwas five times safer for eyes than wearing contact lenses(http://www.diamondvision.com/whatsNew.cfm#safer ).
Dr. Stetson, Medical Director at Diamond Vision, cautions that for certainpatients, glasses or contacts are still needed after LASIK, for example fornight driving. Also, after age 40 most people need (inexpensive) readingglasses whether or not they have had LASIK.
Still, most patients report that LASIK is the best money they ever spent.Now they can finally put a dollar figure on that statement.
About Diamond Vision
Diamond Vision is the largest and most technologically advanced LASIKpractice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, with eight locations and tenphysicians specializing exclusively in LASIK and other specialty procedures.Diamond Vision has performed more than 55,000 laser vision procedures and wasthe first to introduce iLASIK in the area and to teach it to other doctors.
About LASIK (Laser Guided In Situ Keratomeleusis)
LASIK uses a precision laser to gently reshape the front of the eye, orcornea, correcting near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Morethan 15 million people have had the procedure worldwide since it was approvedin 1995. ILASIK is a customized, bladeless variant of LASIK designed forbetter night vision and enhanced reliability.
SOURCE Diamond Vision