In this technology age we expect everything to eventually become cheaper. That is not true for LASIK, as the technology just hasn’t gotten cheaper, and in many ways it has gotten more expensive. Lasers are not less expensive, especially if the technology is up-to-date. Other equipment has actually gotten more expensive as we have added new types to ensure safety and proper analysis. Medical supplies have only gotten more expensive, and servicing for the equipment is a continuous cost. Staff is no less expensive, advertising is no less expensive, rent is no less expensive, and part of the cost is an experienced surgeon who can deliver excellent results. Finally, it is important to remember that you are also paying for the care before and after the surgery, not just the surgery itself. Poor measurements before the surgery are subject to the age old law of garbage-in, garbage-out. In other words, if the measurements aren’t good, and the wrong numbers are fed into the laser, the best laser and the best surgeon in the world can’t give you a good visual result. Poor post-op care can end up with patients not seeing well, having dry eyes, or even with untreated problems such as corneal flap wrinkles, infections, or epithelial ingrowth. Although there are centers that have and will continue to advertise insanely low prices, those prices are bait and switch for procedures that very few people actually qualify for. If you look at the above list of costs just mentioned, you can see what goes into LASIK, and there is no way to magically lower prices. The decreased cost has to come from somewhere, in either inferior equipment, less expensive staff, a “less expensive” surgeon, cheaper supplies, less pre and post-surgical care, etc.