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The Cost of LASIK

in New York City and New Jersey​

How Much Does LASIK Cost?

When people call our office for LASIK, the very first question that they often ask is, “How much does it cost?” Why is that? It is because most people don’t know what else to ask! It is difficult to quantify safety and visual sharpness. How do you assess that objectively? This is perhaps why they get so easily lured into bait-and-switch tactics employed by many of the commercial LASIK centers.

Here, we make the process more transparent. By listing our prices clearly in the chart below and by making comparisons more transparent.

Is LASIK the Best Procedure for Me?

Most people know about LASIK. But few know about other alternatives like EVO ICL,PRK, SMILE, and
Clear (Refractive) Lens Exchange. That’s why many start their search backward by going for a LASIK screening in a commercial LASIK center.

Here is a better question to ask: “What is the procedure that will give me the best vision in the long term in the safest fashion?” The answer to this question will be unveiled by a comprehensive vision correction screening but not by a free LASIK screening offered to get you through the door in many commercial LASIK centers.

Depending on your age, prescription range, and individual eyes, you may be much better served with one of the LASIK alternatives. In fact, if you are over 45, and want to be able to read without glasses LASIK or SMILE are probably not your best bet. They can both correct your vision for distance, but they’re not very good for fixing near vision in both eyes. Some surgeons resort to monovision as an option. But it’s not ideal. Instead, look into Clear (Refractive) Lens Exchange.

Is LASIK the Best Procedure for Me?

How much is lasik

The Cost of Ignorance about the LASIK Process

LASIK and SMILE are not reversible procedures. You want to do it right the first time. Getting the wrong type of LASIK, or getting LASIK with a surgeon that is inexperienced, or one who uses equipment that is suboptimal can cost you more money in the end as well as lead to disappointing results. So, make sure you know exactly what you are getting for your money.

Know Precisely What Kind of LASIK You’re Getting

To make matters even more complex, there are many types of LASIK. There are two separate processes that you must consider.

The creation of the flap: The flap can be created using a blade or be bladeless as with All-Laser LASIK where the flap is created with a laser. The latter is generally considered a safer option.

The corrective laser treatment: Once the flap has been created, a second type of laser is applied to the cornea. This treatment laser is what actually determines the quality of your vision after the surgery. There are many ways to cut corners here by using cheaper and substandard lasers. The best laser platform as of 2023 is the Allegretto 500 Wavelight machine with VISX as the second best and NIDEK as a distant third. One type of treatment called “Contoura®” offers a vision that can be potentially better than 20/20. It is only available on the Wavelight device.

Know Precisely What Kind of LASIK You’re Getting

Dr. Cohen in the News & Media

Fox News

Dr. Sapna Parikh reports on the very first case of an ICL in New York performed by Dr. Ilan Cohen.

ABC 7 News

The surgeon, Dr. Ilan Cohen talks about “the unique” features of Implantable Collamer® Lens surgery as compared with LASIK.

CBS 2 News
An artificial corneal transplant is a complex surgery that is reserved for patients that have corneal blindness and are not otherwise candidates for a traditional corneal transplant.

The Surgeon

The skill, experience, and conscientiousness of your surgeon is the single most important factor to the success of the surgery. Besides performing the surgery, the surgeon decides which procedure is best suited for you. If the surgeon only performs a certain type of surgery like LASIK or SMILE and doesn’t do intra-ocular surgeries like Clear (Refractive) Lens Exchange, you will get a biased opinion. You want to make sure that your surgeon is a cornea specialist and can perform all of the wide range of vision correction procedures available. Meet Dr. Cohen

The Surgeon

What is Included in the Price?

Many centers quote you a very low price but then charge you for every exam. Some may or may not include possible enhancements in the price, so if you need a touch-up, there might be an extra charge. Some may provide a lifetime guarantee, but you must read the fine print.

How Do Commercial LASIK Centers Cut Corners to Provide the Lowest Price?

Prices could be lowered using the following tactics:

Using a substandard laser system that costs a lot less

Using mass production procedures that ignore individual variations and are more prone to errors

Bragging about their main doctor’s vast experience but switching you to another doctor for the surgery at the quoted price

Using free screening exams as bait to bring you in

Often the price advertised is significantly lower than what they will charge you for the procedure that they offer.

Offering you what is most convenient/profitable for them rather than what's best for you

Insurances & Vision Plans

Some vision plans offer up to 15% off the cost of LASIK. You may get some discounts with medical insurance as well. Each plan is different. Contact us to find out.

Financing Options

Almost all centers provide a 12-18 months interest-free financing option.

The Cost of LASIK/SMILE/PRK at Cohen Eye Institute

All-Laser LASIK
All-Laser Contoura® LASIK
Topography-Guided PRK *

What other Doctors say about Dr. Cohen

Doctor Testimonial

When looking for a doctor to do my LASIK surgery, I was searching for someone with deep subject matter expertise, who is precise with a high degree of attention to detail, and who enjoyed and was enthusiastic about what they did.

Doctor Testimonial

I met Dr. Cohen through the recommendation of one of my ophthalmology friends when I was looking to get LASIK surgery. I am 20/15 in both eyes and have never had a problem. Thank you Dr. Cohen!

Doctor Testimonial

I chose Dr. Cohen for my cataract surgery with a multifocal lens implant because over the last 20 years of knowing him and referring many of my patients to him, he never made a mistake. I couldn’t be happier with my vision.

Doctor Testimonial

Dr. Ilan Cohen is one of the finest surgeons I could possibly imagine. He has done multiple surgeries, he’s handled incredibly complicated cases. He is one of the finest doctors and I am more than happy to recommend him.

Doctor Testimonial

When it comes to mine or my family’s eyes, Dr. Cohen is my number one choice. Why? Because I have seen his results, and they are far superior than most surgeons in the area. If you want the best results, it’s Dr. Cohen that you have to go to.

Doctor Testimonial

Dr. Cohen is one of the finest surgeons I know. I have seen plenty of his LASIK post op results which have been excellent. I would not hesitate to send any of my family members to him. 

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I have known Dr. Cohen for over 10 years through his reputation and personal interaction. He is one of the best surgeons that I know. When working on a complicated case, I will call Dr. Cohen because his opinion is very important to me.

Doctor Testimonial

I have co-managed hundreds of patients with Dr. Cohen who have had all kinds of refractive surgery. Each procedure is tailored to the patient's particular eye. 

Doctor Testimonial

I have been the director of an ophthalmology surgical center for the last 30 years. I personally know over 100 eye surgeons. If a member of my family needed eye surgery, Dr. Cohen would be the one to perform it.

Doctor Testimonial

I've been an optometrist for 19 years, and I've worked with a number of different surgeons. I think Dr. Ilan Cohen has some of the best hands that I've ever seen.

Doctor Testimonial

When I think of doctor Ilan Cohen, I think of the best. Dr. Cohen and I have been involved in some of the most exciting research projects. Dr. Cohen, in my opinion is one of the best surgeons on this plant.

Patients Testimonials

Refractive Surgery Quiz

At Cohen eye Institute we offer a wide menu of Refractive Surgery. From Lasik to EVO- ICL. This quiz will help us help you tailor your vision to your lifestyle needs.