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LASIK eye surgery is an effective option for vision correction, but patients often worry that the procedure is too expensive.

Primary Eye Care Associates partners with skilled surgeons in the Chicago area who help make LASIK affordable.

Learn why patients start their LASIK journey with Dr. Steven Chander at his Garfield Ridge office near Chicago Midway International Airport.

The Average Cost of LASIK

The price of LASIK surgery is $1,500 to $3,000 per eye, according to national averages. The range varies since it typically costs more to perform bladeless LASIK and custom LASIK than other types of LASIK surgery.

Keep in mind that this is just an average price range and that multiple factors can affect the cost of your individual LASIK eye surgery.

Factors Affecting Cost


  • The laser technology used
  • The surgical technique performed
  • Patient's degree of refractive error
  • The need for pre-op and post-op care

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Is It Covered by Insurance?


No. LASIK is considered an elective procedure and is not covered by most health plans. Insurance plans only cover LASIK when a person is unable to wear corrective lenses, which is often the result of injury, disability, or disfigurement.

What About PRK?


PRK is another refractive surgery that people may undergo if they are poor candidates for LASIK. The national average cost of PRK is around $1,000 to $3,000 per eye, which is comparable to the average LASIK price.

Financing for LASIK Eye Surgery

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Given that LASIK costs can put a financial burden on households, our Chicago optometry center partners with ophthalmologists who accept CareCredit® financing. CareCredit payment plans divide the total cost of laser correction procedures into a series of monthly installments.

CareCredit helps patients experience the benefits of laser eye surgery without putting a major strain on their finances. It's part of our commitment to flexible and understanding patient care. Ultimately, we want to help you see clearly.

We can discuss all your payment and treatment options in more detail during your visit to Primary Eye Care Associates.

Beware of Bargains Low-Cost LASIK Warning


You may see ads or posts offering LASIK for as little as $500 an eye. Cheap LASIK deals like these may come with hidden fees. You may also get a less advanced version of the LASIK procedure from a low-quality surgeon. As always, do your research about the vision practice, look up reviews for that eye doctor, and use your best judgment based on the facts you find.

Is LASIK Worth the Cost?

Laser procedures like LASIK and PRK allow people to experience great eyesight without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Given how effective LASIK can be at treating nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism, many patients feel that their results justify the cost. LASIK surgery is an investment in your eyes.

However, not all patients are candidates for surgery, and some may prefer prescription eyewear to laser correction of the corneas. During a consultation with Dr. Chander, you can get a professional opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of LASIK surgery and what option may be right for you.

Take that first step to clearer vision by scheduling a consultation.

Quality Eye Care and Vision Correction Helping the People of Chicago See Clearly


Guadalupe Godinez


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I enjoyed my visit with the clinic and Dr. Chandler. They are very professional and make you feel at home. They also speak both English and Spanish. They have the top technology to check eye vision and run any tests you need and overall it’s a great eye vision clinic.

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Rosalind Bush


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I'm a long time patient if Dr. Chander that relocated to another state. Due to the pandemic I've not been able to see him but finally made my way here today. He and his staff are the best to ever do it. Thanks to Joslyn for assisting me with my visit today. See ya next year!!!!!

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Dr. Steven Chander

Primary Eye Care Associates

Primary Eye Care Associates is a family-friendly vision care practice in Chicago. Led by our eye doctor, Dr. Steven Chander, our practice provides a variety of services, features a state-of-the-art optical laboratory, and includes an optical boutique with designer frames. Dr. Chander is certified by:

  • The National Board of Examiners in Optometry
  • The American Optometric Association

To schedule an appointment with our team, please fill out our online form or call (773) 735-6090.

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