When it comes to getting LASIK surgery, there’s a bevy of deals and discounts out there. Many laser eye centers are attempting to bring in new clients by offering “lifetime guarantees,” which seem to indicate that you’ll be able to get updated LASIK surgery for the duration of your life.
But if you take the time to take a closer look at the fine print, you’ll quickly discover that these lifetime guarantees are intentionally vague. After all, many lifetime guarantees are hesitant to spell out which “lifetime” they’re actually guaranteeing. Does this apply to your lifetime, or the surgeon? What happens if the eye surgery center closes? What if you want to undergo updated LASIK surgery?
As it turns out, not all lifetime guarantees are created equal – and it’s vital for patients to educate themselves before signing up for LASIK surgery. At NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA – also serving the greater Washington, DC and Northern Virginia areas – Dr. Griffiths and her staff pride themselves on offering high-quality LASIK surgeries, along with the education patients need to enjoy the results of their LASIK surgeries long after the procedure is done.
So what should you know about lifetime guarantees and LASIK surgery?
- First, it’s important to know that nothing is absolutely for free. An eye center may claim that they’re offering you a lifetime guarantee for free, but they might disqualify you if you want updated LASIK surgery with the latest technologies. For example, if you had LASIK surgery performed on one platform, and you want your eyes touched up on another platform, you may not qualify under the “lifetime guarantee.”
- You may also discover that your “lifetime guarantee” is actually a “lifetime commitment” on your part. They commit you to come back every year for an annual eye exam paid by you out-of-pocket. Since corporate centers do not participate with insurances carriers, you won’t be able to use yours. And to add insult to injury, if you miss an annual exam, your “lifetime guarantee” is void.
- You may also discover that your “lifetime guarantee” only lasts for the first couple of years after your procedure. Most touch-ups are only needed during this time, which means that the “lifetime guarantee” isn’t necessary. If you’re paying extra for the lifetime guarantee, you may find that you’re just throwing money down the drain.
Ultimately, you should make your LASIK surgery decision based on the surgeon, not based on the discount or the lifetime guarantee. Saving money may help you in the short-term, but you don’t want to sacrifice the quality of your vision and eye health for the sake of saving a few dollars.
If you want to experience high-quality LASIK surgery with no hidden fine print, visit NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today! Our practice serves the greater Washington DC area and Northern Virginia, including Herndon, Sterling & Fairfax County.
Schedule your free LASIK consultation by calling (703)834-9777 or filling out the form in the top left corner.