How much does ReLEx SMILE cost?
It’s important to remember that the cost of any laser eye surgical procedure includes not just the cost of the procedure, but the cost of the assessment and all the investigations as to suitability. It also includes all the aftercare and all the drops that you may require.
The Cost of SMILE.
The cost of SMILE is over £2,000 an eye, which is a little more than LASEK, and the reason for this is that the technology is new, and it’s advanced, and so ZEISS need to cover their costs, and they pass that cost on with the cost of the laser. As with all companies who are developing technology, it’s a cliché, but it’s true, they need to cover their research and development costs. And we also want SMILE to improve and be able to treat a wider range of patients, such as long-sighted patients and higher astigmatism, and hopefully, presbyopic patients. So, there is a slightly increased cost to SMILE over laser eye surgery.
So, if you come and see me for a laser eye surgery consultation, the costs include the investigations and my opinions as to what would be the most suitable procedure for you. That may be LASEK, or it may be SMILE.
And of course, when you come, my staff will be able to give you a detailed breakdown of the true cost of your surgery. What we feel is very important is that our costs are transparent. And the cost you will be given will be the only fee you will pay. This includes any re-treatment that you may require. A small percentage of patients may require an enhancement procedure 3-6 months down the line, and this is of course covered in any costs that you pay. Because I feel it’s really important that you don’t get any surprises in terms of cost. And our obligation is to get your vision to the best possible level. And if that requires more than one procedure, you’ve paid to get to where you want to be, and it’s our obligation to get you there in the safest, most accurate, reliable way.
More about Robert Morris
Rob Morris is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at The Grange Eye Consultants. His special expertise is in cataract and refractive surgery, including Refractive Lens Exchange, and adult squint. He has over 30 years experience in treating people with eye problems. Rob Morris founded Grange Eye Consultants to manage the increasing demand for more complex refractive surgery. He leads clinical trials investigating novel eye treatments. He is currently Medical Director at Optegra Eye Hospitals.