Cost Of Lasik In Australia

Laser Eye Surgery, otherwise known as LASIK, is a revolutionary procedure used to correct certain types of vision including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

It is a specific type of refractive surgery which has a 92 to 98 percent satisfaction rate amongst those on the receiving end. But unfortunately, it doesn’t come cheap.

Here’s what you can expect to pay for LASIK in Australia:

CityCost (per eye)

City

Sydney$1,500 - $3,000
Melbourne$2,000 - $3,000
Brisbane$1,750 - $3,250
Perth$1,750 - $3,250
Adelaide$1,500 - $3,000
DarwinN/A
Hobart$2,500 - $3,000
Please note we are not health professionals. The pricing in this table should be used as a guide only. Please contact the relevant health professional for advice based on your personal circumstances.

There you have it – a fairly comprehensive guide to the cost of laser eye surgery.

If you are aware of any institutes or eye specialists charging alternative pricing outside the range, please let us know in the comments below the post.

For those who’d like a little more info about LASIK, read on.

Where’d it come from?

LASIK’s earliest roots date back to the 1950s in Bogota, Colombia. The procedures back then involved an ophthalmologist manually cutting thin (really thin – one hundredth of a mm thick) flaps into the cornea of the eye to alter its shape.

It’s come a long way since then, with the FDA first commencing trials of the excimer laser in 1989.

Excimer Laser Used For Laser Eye Surgery

Excimer Laser Used For Laser Eye Surgery

Following a blurry 9 years of trials, the machine finally received approval for its sole purpose of performing LASIK in 1999, going on to grant millions upon millions of people rejuvenated eyesight.

How many people have had the procedure?

According to the EyeNet Magazine – The Trusted Source of Clinical Insights – 28 million LASIK procedures had been performed around the world by 2009.

In 2018, you could expect to see 4 times, or 8 times that number. Leading to possibly more than 200 million eyesights being corrected across the globe. Massive numbers.

Is it safe?

Most of the time. Actually – the vast majority of the time there are no issues with the procedure.

Lasik.com.au, having now performed over 60,000 procedures in Australia, boast a less than 1% chance of having a serious vision-threatening complication. With risk of infection at an extremely low 0.001% chance of occurring.

How Lasik Works By Re Shaping Your Cornea

How Lasik Works By Re Shaping Your Cornea

Keep in mind, just because the chance of a complication is low, doesn’t mean it won’t happen. There are risks which you should be aware of.

Some of them include:

  • Over or under-correction of eyesight – potentially requiring a second procedure
  • Dry eyes – you can use lubricating eye drops for this
  • Increase eyesight sensitivity – glare and bright lights may make if difficult to drive
  • Blurred vision – rings of fuziness

You can find a full list of potential side effects here.

Is it cheaper overseas?

Similar to many other medical procedures, such as dental work or liposuction, LASIK is offered overseas at a considerably lower price.

Factors which lower the price in these countries include:

  • Cheaper labour
  • Lower standards of safety
  • Fewer government restrictions and/or regulations, and
  • Lower-cost equipment

There are a number of countries which Australians seem to favour when taking a trip for LASIK.

These are their names and the approximate cost of the procedure in the country:

CityCost (per eye)

Country

India$400 - $600
Thailand$1,000 - $2,000
Singapore$1,500 - $2,500
Vietnam$500 - $1,000
Philippines$1,500 - $3,000
Please note we are not health professionals. The pricing in this table should be used as a guide only. Please contact the relevant health professional for advice based on your personal circumstances.

It may be cheaper, but are you willing to risk your eyesight for it? The choice is yours.

Overall, if you’re considering LASIK and have yet to see a specialist in person – that’s your next step.

Disclaimer
We are not affiliated with the above goods/service/organisation in any way. Prices should only be used as a guide.