Save Money | Cost of LASIK in St. Louis

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 150 million Americans use glasses or contacts to compensate for vision problems and spend more than $15 billion each year on corrective eyewear.

For many, if not most people, those recurring costs (and the hassles related to them) can be eliminated with LASIK or other refractive procedures. Not only do these treatments provide clear, natural vision without the burden of glasses or contacts, but they can ultimately save money in the long-run. Here’s a little primer on the cost of LASIK in St. Louis, as well as a comparison to ponder.

The Cost of Glasses

The price you pay for annual exams, lenses and frames can be pricey. Plus, glasses break, they get misplaced, and they get scratched. Most people buy new glasses every year or two, which really adds up!

Most pairs of glasses cost somewhere around $200, and trendy designer brands cost even more. If you add up that cost over an adult’s lifetime, that cost can easily reach anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 or more.

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The Cost of Contacts

When it comes to estimating the lifetime cost of contacts, it’s a little trickier. The type of lens (toric versus soft, or types), how often they need to be changed (single use or multiple use), and cost of lens solution are all variables to consider.

A conservative average of the cost of contacts per year can be estimated at about $240, but daily disposables, which many people use, are even more. At $20-$30 per box, their yearly average cost is about $450-$650. That means, over a period of 60 adult years (for the average U.S. lifetime of 78 years), you’ll spend a whopping $27,000 to $39,000 on contacts alone!

Cost of LASIK in St. Louis

When we talk about LASIK, we’re often talking about one of several refractive procedures available today. At Brinton Vision, we offer SBK LASIK plus all six modern variations so that we can provide the best option for your unique eyes. Some procedures can be done effectively in only one eye, and the cost begins at about $2,200 per eye. That’s a one-time cost that won’t need to be repeated later. That means that, over a lifetime, LASIK or other refractive procedures can actually save you money. With financing options available for little or no interest, it’s a no-brainer—plus, other advantages like the convenience of spending life without the hassle of contacts or glasses and the reduced risk of eye infections and other problems, make it a worthwhile investment for nearly anyone.

To estimate how much you could save by opting for LASIK, scroll down on this page to check out our calculator.

To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK or any of its six modern variations, schedule your Brinton Vision Ocular Analysis today! Visit or call 314.375.2020.


Dr. Jason P. Brinton is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of LASIK and refractive surgery. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.