How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?
Cost is a major consideration for many people when deciding whether to have laser eye surgery. While it may seem like a big upfront investment, laser eye surgery may be a more cost-effective option if you add up the ongoing expense of glasses and contact lenses over the years. Furthermore, there’s also the time and inconvenience of daily maintenance of contact lenses that you save on in the long run.
All treatments with Dr Joanne Goh are customised to suit your eyes, prescription, age and lifestyle. No two eyes are the same; therefore Dr Goh will see all patients at the initial consultation to discuss your treatment plan with you. If other procedures are more suited to your eye condition, this will also be discussed at your appointment.
In Melbourne, the average cost of laser eye surgery ranges anywhere from $2000 to well over $3000 per eye. At our clinic, LASIK and PRK surgery costs between $2600 – $2800 per eye. We will provide you with a detailed quote for your laser eye surgery at your initial consultation.
Our surgery fee covers the following:
- Surgeon and theatre fees
- All postoperative appointments within the first year of surgery
- All tests and investigations carried out within the first year of surgery
- Any enhancements required within the first two years of surgery
Some clinics will include the cost of the initial consultation in their surgery fee; we do not include this in our surgery fee as we do not want this to influence your decision to have surgery. Your consultation fees are payable after your initial assessment so there is no obligation to proceed with surgery if you decide it isn’t right for you. We would like you to have a comprehensive discussion with your surgeon about the risks and benefits of surgery and to make an informed, unbiased decision to proceed with surgery.
Does private health insurance pay for laser eye surgery?
There are several private health insurance providers that do cover some or all of the cost of your laser eye surgery. The following health funds offer their members rebates for laser eye surgery if you have the appropriate level of cover. Even if your health fund is not listed below, we recommend that you contact your private health provider to check if you are covered for your procedure.
|Health Fund ||Cover type ||Procedures ||Waiting period ||Covered |
|BUPA ||Ultimate Hospital and Ultimate Extras Cover ||LASIK and PRK ||36 months ||Full cost of surgery |
|Medibank Private ||Ultra Health Cover ||LASIK and PRK ||36 months ||Up to $3500 |
|Defence Health ||Top Extras ||LASIK and PRK ||36 months ||Up to $1000 per person |
|AHM ||Lifestyle Extras and Super Extra ||LASIK and PRK ||36 months ||$600 per eye under Lifestyle Extras and $900 per eye under Super Extras |
BUPA fully covers LASIK and PRK eye surgery if you have Ultimate Hospital & Ultimate Extras Cover. The waiting period for current members is 12 months, and 36 months for new members after July 1 2018.
If you have Medibank’s Ultra Health Cover, you are required to pay upfront. You can claim back the cost of surgery up to $3500. The waiting period is three years.
If you have Top Extras cover with Defence Health, you are eligible for rebates up to $1000 per person for LASIK and PRK surgery with a 12 month waiting period.
Individuals with Lifestyle Extras Cover can claim $600 per eye and $900 per eye with Super Extras Cover $900 with a two year waiting period.
Payment Options and Finance
We accept payment by EFTPOS, credit card, direct bank deposit or cash. If you are looking for interest-free finance, we recommend the Latitude Gem Visa credit card. Gem Visa provides interest free payment plans for up to 24 months to eligible applicants. For more information, please visit https://www.gemvisa.com.au/health/
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