Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
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my lasik consultation today

Did you know you can haggle for your lasik surgery? Seriously. I didn't do it on purpose. It just happened.



As I mentioned in this post I have never had lasik done because the lasers are not made to cover larger pupils like mine. So the result would be a "halo" effect at night. The new wavefront laser technology would eliminate that problem. But today I found out that because my prescription is so unusually high the new technology can't be used on it. I was told it may be developed and FDA approved to do so sometimes in the next 2 years. So I'm stuck using the old fashion kind of lasik known as VISX.

There is a "standard" VISX procedure for $999 per eye. But they said due to my super high prescription there is a good chance I will need the procedure repeated. And the "extended" package at $1,200 per eye includes one year of free enhancements (which will cover this).

After all the medical examinations they sit you down with a consultant who tries to get you to make the appointment (I'm assuming she works on commission). I wasn't trying to haggle, I just told her the flat out truth: I'm not getting the procedure I want (wavefront laser) because I don't qualify and I only wanted to spend $2,000. Since I don't want to pay $400 more than I expected for the older laser technology I didn't want...I'm going to have to think about it.

At that point she told me she would give me the "extended" $1,200 per eye procedure at the cost of the "standard" $999 per eye. To sweeten the deal she gave me a coupon for $100 off on top of that.

Damn, is this like buying a car or what? What would have happened if I had told her the truth, that I didn't want to pay more than $1,500? Well at this point even at $1,900 I'll still be paying $400 more than I planned for - and for a procedure that will most likely result in seeing that halo or flare effect on lights at night. I can wait another two years for them to test and approve wavefront technology for higher prescriptions or wait for the newer stuff on the market like the permanent contact lenses they are developing now. But if I wait 2 to 3 years for this I will have blown another $1,000 to $1,500 on eye exams, glasses, contacts and lense solutions.


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I'm thinking I should just go for it. What do you think? And if you've had this procedure done what did you pay for it?
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