In our Member Discounts series, we explore additional benefits that are included with your Highmark insurance plan, including discounts on professional services and products across the country.

Do you remember the Mr. Magoo cartoon? He was very nearsighted, and since I started wearing Coke-bottle glasses in the first grade, I could relate to his inability to see more than a few inches ahead of him.

If you share my situation and wish you could see the alarm clock in the morning without fumbling for your glasses like Scooby Doo’s buddy Velma or yearn to wear sunglasses without wrestling with contacts, then possibly you’ve considered vision correction eye surgery.

The cost for me, however, has always been a deterrent, and I have continued to deal with glasses and contacts. But there’s good news for people like us. Highmark members receive discounts on LASIK services provided by QualSight and LasikPlus. Both companies have locations across the country and can offer significant savings to Highmark health plan members.

What Is LASIK Surgery?

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery is a type of laser eye surgery that corrects how your eye focuses light. LASIK is the most common type of laser eye surgery. LASIK was approved by the FDA in 1998, and approximately 700,000 Americans have the procedure performed each year. Many surgeons prefer this type of corrective eye surgery due to its precision and relatively few complications.

LASIK surgery alters the shape of the eye’s cornea. This change in shape treats refractive errors to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Who Benefits From LASIK Surgery?

LASIK surgery can help people with moderate vision problems, including:

Based on the severity of your vision problem and other factors, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. You will undergo screenings before your surgery that will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Many surgeons include the costs for these preoperative exams in the total price of the surgery, but it is always a good idea to ask if there is an additional charge.

How Much Does LASIK Surgery Cost?

LASIK is usually considered an elective surgery, so most health insurance companies won’t cover the cost of the procedure. While the cost varies based on the severity of your vision problem, you can plan to pay between $1,000 and $5,000 to have the vision in both eyes corrected.

However, many health plans will allow patients to use their flexible spending accounts to pay for the surgery. Some vision correction providers, including the two we’ve partnered with for member discounts, also offer financing options.

Highmark Offers LASIK Discounts for Members

Eyeglasses Resting Atop a NovelHighmark partners with two vision-correction providers to offer member discounts for LASIK services: LasikPlus and QualSight. Surgery costs and discounts vary by company as well as by procedure type.

Each company can provide more detailed information about Highmark member discounts and more, but here is a quick overview.

  • LasikPlus offers preferred pricing for Highmark members. Prices start as low as $695 per eye, including a preoperative consultation and comprehensive exam with no obligation to purchase the vision correction service. Zero-percent-interest financing and other features are also available.
  • Highmark members save 40 to 50 percent off the overall national average price for LASIK at 750 QualSight locations, with a credentialed network of 250 experienced LASIK surgeons. Flexible financing is available, with payments as low as $43 per month.

In addition to direct surgery savings, both LasikPlus and QualSight offer extras as part of the Highmark discount partnerships. Log in to your Highmark member site and visit the Member Discounts section (see sidebar) for additional details about member discounts for each company.

If you’re considering LASIK surgery, Highmark’s member discounts may help make your surgery more affordable.