In Singapore, LASIK surgery normally costs around $3,000 to $6,000 for both eyes. Initial consultation and examination charges are usually charged separately. Medisave cannot be used except in cases where the patient suffers from imbalanced vision of more than -3.00 dioptres (300 degrees) and not suitable for contact lens use. In this case, you can use your Medisave to pay up to $1,200 of the cost.
While the costs of the lasik surgery should definitely be considered as a factor in your decision on whether or not to go for the LASIK surgery, however, it should not be a factor in choosing a surgeon or clinic. Once you decide to go for LASIK, ensure that you compare, consult and seek recommendations from the people you trust or know; choose a reliable surgeon based on the reputation, experience and qualification of the surgeon rather than the pricing.
The price tag that comes with LASIK may seem high at first, but a life time worth of savings from contact lenses and eye glasses and the freedom to live without them would make it worth it in the end.
Other than the costs associated with LASIK, you must also carefully evaluate your own health condition as well as life style to see if the LASIK surgery is right for you. For example, if you are under the age of 18, the chance is your vision or refractive error will continue to fluctuate, it is best to wait a couple years to re-consider the LASIK surgery. If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications that may cause hormones to fluctuate and affect your vision or refractive error, you should also wait until your refractive error stabilizes. An easy way to determine if your refractive error has stabilized is to check the consistency of your prescription in the past six months. If there was any change, you should wait a little longer until there is no change in prescription in six consecutive months.
Once you are ready for the next step, your doctor will still have to perform a baseline exam on your eyes, this will give you the final answer of if you’re a suitable candidate for the LASIK surgery. Be sure to stop wearing any contact lenses for two to four weeks before your baseline exam. For users of hard contact lenses, a full four weeks of no contact lenses is required, for Rigid Gas permeable (RGP) lenses, it’s three weeks, and two weeks for soft lenses users. This is because contact lenses change the shape of your cornea, which would affect the surgery results greatly.