The Lifetime Cost of Glasses & Eye Surgery

The Lifetime Cost of Glasses & Eye Surgery

The Lifetime Cost of Glasses & Eye SurgeryIf 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 $30 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. These 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. Of course, it really just depends on where you shop.

If you’re a true cheapskate, you may be able to find glasses online for $30 or less. The problem with this is 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, reports say that the average price is about $2,000 per eye.

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!

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  1. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    I have had 1 cataract removed but would like to reverse the other one (it is “ripe” now) what supplements would you suggest? i take 200 mg bilberry, 200mg eyebright along with 800 iu of vit E 20 mg lutein with zeaxanthin? daily

  2. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Anonymous says:

    Doctors say that cataract is developing in my eyes. Do you think vitamin supplements will cure my eyes?

  3. Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Ramona Garcia says:

    To Rebuild Your Vision: I can attest to every word that Tyler Sorenson says about glasses…. they are costly.. need to be replaced at least every 2 years and go up each time…. I no longer need my glasses for anything except to drive to an unfamiliar street or place… I am near sighted…. I have been on OCUPLUS for some time and love the way my eyes just keep ‘seeing better and better each day”….. it sure beats wearing glasses…. Seems like the glasses they make each year are made to where if something breaks like the temples…. they always recommend a new pair…. it got to where I found a place on line that fixes eyeglasses for less than $50 and come out like brand new…. owned by folks who got tired of being ripped off too…. I recommend these eye supplements very much and will continue using them for the rest of my life… I am 75 yrs old and don’t wear glasses at home at all… it is a wonderful feeling… Try Ocuplus…. you won’t regret it…. Ramona Denver CO

    • Avatar for Tyler Sorensen Tyler Sorensen says:

      Thank you Ramona and congratulations on your success. Stories like this make our day and motivates us to work hard for you and all of our readers.

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics (just like his brother) with the dream of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he joined Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent nearly two decades studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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