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LASIK Cost: More or Less Than a Lifetime of Glasses?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

If you’ve purchased prescription glasses in the last two years, you know it can be expensive. Fashionable frames, and good quality lenses with an anti-reflective coating, tint, or bifocal can put the price point anywhere from $200 to $800. The average spectacle dependent American gets new prescription glasses every other year, so the cost of glasses can add up to $2,000-$8,000 over 20 years.

Contact lens costs are similar, except that they can cost even more than glasses over time. People who are dependent on contact lenses spend $250 per year on average.  The expenditure can be greater if the contact lenses correct for astigmatism, or include a bifocal correction.  Most people who wear contact lenses will spend about $5,000 over 20 years.  Additionally, there are health risks associated with long hours of contact lens usage as well as contact lens maintenance.

Evaluating the one-time cost of LASIK surgery

LASIK surgery is an elective procedure that is considered non-essential by insurance companies.  Most people who elect to have LASIK will only need it once.  At Clear Choice, our LASIK packages range between $1599 per eye to $2249 per eye.  When you compare this one time fee to a lifetime of buying glasses and contact lenses, you’ll realize it doesn’t take long to recoup the cost of the LASIK procedure. And cost is just one benefit of the procedure.  Being able to see the alarm clock with glasses and contact lenses is certainly more convenient. 

Clear Choice offers a variety of payment plans to make LASIK affordable to almost everyone. Read more about our Fall and Winter Specials!

An Inspiration for All

Friday, March 04, 2016

Working at a LASIK center allows one the opportunity to meet and work with some incredible people. Refractive surgery seems to be a magnet for a wide variety of life styles. We meet some incredible people every day, but sometimes you meet someone whose story jumps off the page.  Katie Spotz was definitely a page jumper.

A partner of Clear Choice LASIK met Katie Spotz shortly before she planned to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean. Hearing her goals, we decided to sponsor her journey, even though we were all a little concerned that she might not make it.

We knew that rowing across the Atlantic would be tough to say the least.  Rowing across the Atlantic in contact lenses or glasses could make the trip unfathomable. By providing Katie with LASIK, her eyesight would not be a concern.

Katie’s motivation and desire to row the Atlantic impressed our office.  However, Katie’s mission goes far greater than athletic accomplishments.  Katie has raised over $150,000 to provide clean water to poverty filled areas, and continues to speak at events around the country to share her story. Katie partners with H2O for Life, whom organizes clean water programs to fight this endless battle.

Once Katie had visited us, there was an energy throughout Clear Choice Custom LASIK Center. Each staff member truly was inspired by her amazing story. To this day, we enjoy following Katie’s success, and keep a copy of her book Just Keep Rowing on hand. All of our patients have unique stories that we love hearing about, and make work an exciting place to be. We would love to hear your story, so schedule your free consultation here with us today!


Watch 'Eddie the Eagle' at Clear Choice Custom LASIK Center!

Monday, February 15, 2016

5 Things You’ll Hate About the Clear Choice Waiting Room- and One thing You’ll Love.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


There are always fresh baked cookies and Malley’s chocolates in the waiting room.  So forget about cutting carbs.


During winter, the double-sided fireplace makes it hard to leave.

The sound of the fountain will make you want to pee.

It can be difficult to get out of the massage chair.

There are too many coffees to choose from.


The doctors at Clear Choice know that your time is important.  It is their goal to never make you wait.  Sometimes there are days when they don’t run right on schedule, but those days are few and and far between.

Average Cost of LASIK vs. Cost of a Lifetime of Glasses or Contacts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The average cost for laser eye surgery is between $1,000 to $4,000 per eye. This includes the pre-surgery consultations and post-surgery care. On average, it is estimated that you will spend $3,900 to $4,500 on LASIK in total for both of your eyes.  Now, before you stop reading this because of the price, allow me to discuss how much more you are going to spend on glasses and/or contacts throughout your lifetime.

On average a person will buy a new pair of glasses every other year, and spend anywhere from $200 to $600 per pair. That means in 20 years’ time—if you replace your glasses every year—you could be spending $2,000 to $6,000 on glasses. This is only over the course of 20 years; imagine what you will spend throughout your entire life!

Contact lenses will end up costing you quite a bit over the same 20-year period as well.  On average, contacts will cost you more than glasses.  The average person's yearly spend on contact lenses is around $250, but this price fluctuates quite a bit depending on brand preference, and if you have an astigmatism or not. The average contact wearer will spend around $5,000 every 20 years on contact lenses.

In both of these cases, LASIK will most likely pay itself off over the course of 20 years, and you will have the added benefit of not needing to wear glasses or put in contacts every day. For more information on the cost of LASIK, schedule your free consultation today.

Eye Exams: The Basics of What to Expect

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Exams can make anyone nervous.  Typically, the word exam is associated with a task that involves a lot of effort on your part or you might fail—a type of great undertaking. Eye exams don’t exist to make patients feel like failures, they exist to help them and protect their vision. For the most part when it comes to getting an eye exam you sit in a chair and let your eye doctor take care of everything.

Here is What to Expect when you go in for an eye exam:

  1. First time? If this is your first time getting an eye exam with a practice, then you will most likely have to fill out an eye and medical history form. This will essentially just be a checklist with a bunch of potential symptoms you might be experiencing. Your eye doctor will use this for reference when he/she looks at your eyes during the exam.


  1. Snellen Chart: This isn’t as exotic as it sounds, in fact you have probably seen this a million times in movies, TV shows, advertisements, etc… The Snellen Chart (pictured above) is just a bunch of rows of text of varying sizes—the highest row being the largest and the lowest row the small.  Your eye doctor will ask what is the furthest row down that you can read clearly.


  1. Retinoscope: Your eye doctor will use a little device called a retinoscope—A combination light/microscope.  The retinoscope will be shined into your left and right eye so that your eye doctor can get an accurate read on your vision and estimate your strength of prescription.


  1. Lens one or lens two? This is the fun part of the eye exam! Your eye doctor will now have you look through multiple lenses and ask which one makes the Snellen Chart appear more clearly. You will hear “Does the chart appear clearer with lens one, or lens two?” a lot during this part.


  1. Occluder: At this point in the eye exam, the doctor will use mostly likely use a little paddle called an occluder. The occluder is used to block your vision one eye at a time to test how clear the individual sight in each eye is.


  1. Glaucoma Test: Commonly referred to as “the puff test,” involves a little puff of air from a machine into each of your eyes.  This helps your eye doctor determine the fluid pressure inside your eyes.


  1. Eye dilation: You may or may not have to go through this part of the exam. If your doctor determines that he/she needs to dilate your eyes to get a closer look he will use special eye dilation drops.

That is the basics of what to expect when you go in for an eye exam. You should be getting your eyes checked at least once a year to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. 

Two Effective Methods of Battling Digital Eye Strain

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The reason this isn’t healthy is that digital devices produce a certain type of light called “blue light.”  Blue light has the highest wavelength of visible light, this allows it to penetrate all the way to the back of the eye, through the eyes’ natural filters causing your eyes to get strained quicker.

Digital Eye strain is becoming increasingly common among people of all ages.  Have your eyes ever gone blurry after prolonged computer use? If you answered “yes,” then you have experienced digital eye strain.  There are many other symptoms of digital eye strain: recurring headaches, dry or tired eyes, etc… If you regularly experience these symptoms, then it is time to start taking precautions to mitigate this issue.

First off there is the “20-20-20 Rule,” perhaps you have heard of this one? It is fairly simple!  Every 20 minutes of digital screen use, you look approximately 20 feet off into the distance, for 20 seconds. You might be thinking “what could something like that do to help?” It actually does quite a bit! What it helps your eyes do is engage your distance vision, which essentially resets your eyes for the next 20 minute hurdle.  

Over increasingly long periods of digital screen usage the “20-20-20 Rule” won’t always solve all your eye strain problems, and this is where I recommend the use of special lenses that filter out blue light. You can buy glasses especially made for the filtering of blue light for a relatively low amount of money. Preventative eye strain glasses can cost as little as $15, naturally if you need a prescription you will be spending quite a bit more.

Both of these preventative measures is recommended if you spend a lot of time staring at digital screens.  A combination of both the “20-20-20 Rule” and blue light filtering glasses is your best option to protect your eyes from digital eye strain.

7 Different Foods That Are Good For Your Eyes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Orange Vegetables

I’m sure you remember at least one person telling you when you were a child that “you need to eat your carrots because it’s good for your eyes!” The reason we were all told this as children is that carrots and other orange vegetables contain high levels of beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that plays a key role in powering your vision. It is also no coincidence that all orange vegetables are good for your eyes, because beta-carotene is also what makes vegetables have an orange hue.

Leafy Greens

This is a very broad category, essentially if it’s a vegetable and its green chances are it has got lutein and zeaxanthin in it. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids—a class of more than 600 naturally occurring pigments synthesized by plants—that help filter out harmful blue wavelengths of light. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids that are deposited in high quantities in the retina of the eye. Leafy greens act as an antioxidant of sorts for your eyes which helps to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. So make sure not to forget to eat your spinach!


The yolk of an egg is high in lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc. We discussed the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin above, but zinc is another nutrient that is considered to be good for your eyes. Much like lutein and zeaxanthin, it said to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, but as an added benefit it can also help with night blindness.


Oranges and grapefruits are just a couple of the citrus fruits out there that are jam packed full of vitamin C.  Why is this important for eye health? Because vitamin C does a lot more than just help you get over the common cold. Virtually every cell in the body depends on vitamin C, this includes those of the eye.  It helps support the health of your ocular blood vessels.  Having a little citrus every day can help prevent age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.


Within these little berries lies: vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc.  Some could consider the blueberry to be a “jack of all trades” in regards to the nutrients it provides.

  • Vitamin C, as discussed above, is said to help prevent glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

  • Vitamin A (which beta-carotene stems from) can help prevent dry eyes, and generally promotes good eye health.

  • Vitamin E may help prevent the formation of cataracts and the clouding of the eye lens.

  • Zinc, as discussed above, can help protect your eyes against macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as reduce night blindness.

Blueberries are great antioxidants for your entire body, and they are fantastic in a bowl of cereal.



One handful of almonds (approximately an ounce) provides about half of your daily vitamin E.  As covered in the blueberry portion of this article; Vitamin E can help prevent the formation of cataracts and the clouding of the eye lens.

Fatty Fish

This may not sound the most appetizing, but you might be surprised to learn that some of the post popular fish out there are fatty fish.  Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and trout are all considered to be fatty fish, making them rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the retina.  If you suffer from low levels of DHA in your diet, you might have issues with dry eye syndrome.

So there you have it! While including all of these foods into your diet may not ensure perfect eye health, the fact remains that eating healthy does help to ensure a better quality of life.


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