Actually, some health insurance plans are starting to cover a portion. A lot of times, you can purchase an eye plan in addition to your regular health insurance. It sometimes covers some of the cost.
I think I spent around $4,000 to have mine done. But, we had done the pre-tax medical reimbursement (money is taken out of paycheck before taxes). We had planned on my son getting braces, but when the orthodontist said he didn't need them that year, we didn't want to lose the money and decided to investigate the eye surgery.
The doctor did his surgeries on Fridays, and the OR had a big window with chairs in front of it so everyone could watch (with closed-circuit TV to see a closeup of the eye). My kids and dh watched the surgery.
The surgery itself is pretty cool. You lie on a table, and the machine is over your head. You're just staring straight up, but because your vision isn't good yet, you can't really see what's going on. BUT, you smell the flesh burning. Kind of gross, but painless due to the numbing drops they put in your eyes.
I have to say, though, that when I sat up when they finished, I could read the clock on the wall -- ACROSS the room. I cried with joy. I had worn corrective vision my entire life. I even remember my first pair of glasses, when the ground looked like it was up in my face, and I kept raising my feet to walk because the sidewalk seemed so high.
It was an AMAZING thing to be able to see without contacts!!!! :happydance: