If you’ve been diagnosed with vision problems, you’re probably faced with two options: a lifetime of corrective lenses or LASIK eye surgery.
Most likely, you’re not one of the lucky few out there who’ve been gifted with an incredible vision insurance plan.
Inconvenience, fashion woes and complications aside, you may be wondering “how much is all of this going to cost me?”
In poor and developing countries it’s not uncommon for folks to go without glasses or eye surgery because they simply can’t afford them. It’s true that visits to the eye doctor, exams, frames and lenses all add up.
Hold on to your seats (and wallets): in this post we’ll talk about the potential damage that contacts, glasses and eye surgery can have on your bottom line.
Obviously there are regional, personal, price increases and doctor to doctor variables in talking about the cost of corrective lenses and surgeries so keep in mind that the following is more of a ballpark estimate.
What You’ll Spend on Corrective Contact Lenses
If you are, as many people are, nearsighted, it’s likely that your contacts will cost you anywhere from $25 to $35 for a box of six pairs of lenses.
Because most people replace their contacts once every two weeks, we can assume that you may need to buy as many as 10 boxes of contact lenses a year. Before exam fees, you can guess that your contacts will cost around $250-$300 every single year.
If you have special issues such as astigmatism, presbyopia or dry eyes, it’s possible that you may need special contacts which can run up to $70 a box ($700 a year). As you can see, the cost of contact lenses can add up very quickly.
What You’ll Spend on Corrective Eyeglasses
The cost of eyeglasses is a bit more tricky to pin down as there’s so much price variation out there. If you’re very concerned about how you look to the world, you may want a fairly expensive pair of glasses that make you feel your best.
It’s not uncommon for people to pay as much as $500 for the “right” pair of eyeglasses. If you’re more moderate and less fashionable, $150 or so is a fairly average price folks pay (depending upon where they shop).
If you’re a true cheapskate, you may be able to find glasses online for $30 or less, but keep in mind that internet glasses have not been fitted to your face shape.
You’ll also have to consider that you may need a couple pairs of eyeglasses, depending upon what your visual and fashion needs are!
What You’ll Spend on Corrective Eye Surgery
Surgery isn’t cheap and LASIK eye surgery is no exception to this rule! Though you can find a doctor to operate on your eyes for less, it appears that somewhere in the $2,500 is the most common price folks pay for eye surgery.
Some doctors will charge much, much more and some will charge much, much less. A doctor that seems like a good deal today may not look so hot after a surgery that leaves you with side effects so think twice before you choose the cheapest doc on the market!
If all this info has left you with a small case of sticker shock, it may be worth your time to investigate natural alternatives to corrective lenses and eye surgery.
Just by taking a vision-enhancing vitamin supplement every day, you can improve your vision and keep it strong for years and years. Imagine what you could do with all the money you’ll be saving on corrective lenses or unnecessary surgery!