A Lifetime of Lenses: Cost of Corrective Lenses vs. LASIK Surgery over the Next 30 Years

October 26, 2017

“I’d love to have LASIK done, but is it worth the cost?”

It’s a common question asked by people considering solutions for their vision problems. Living the comfort and convenience of LASIK-improved eyesight seems like a luxury reserved for those with a lot of cushion in their bank account. But when you consider the long-term cost of corrective lenses, you may discover that LASIK is not only affordable but one of the best investments you can make.

The Price of Contacts and Glasses 

Dr. Gary Heiting, the editor of AllAboutVision.com and an ophthalmologist with over 25 years of experience, estimates that the average annual cost of biweekly disposable contacts (the most commonly prescribed) runs between $220 and $260 per year. Add another $150-$200 for solutions, and you’re shelling out between $370 and $460 annually. Add in the cost of backup glasses, and you are now spending even more money over the years, surpassing the average cost of LASIK.cidunt tell us.

 

"Over the course of a decade, contact lenses will run somewhere near the $4,000 range, close to the average price of getting LASIK surgery on both eyes."

Isn’t it cheaper to just get glasses–forgetting contacts and LASIK altogether?

Isn’t it cheaper to just get glasses–forgetting contacts and LASIK altogether?

It depends. Designer glasses with a number of add-on features, such as progressive lenses and anti-reflective coating, can run upwards of $800. Add prescription sunglasses and the occasional loss or breakage of your frames (read: kids, dogs, and jobs), and you’re multiplying the costs.

 

Isn’t it cheaper to just get glasses–forgetting contacts and LASIK altogether?

It depends. Designer glasses with a number of add-on features, such as progressive lenses and anti-reflective coating, can run upwards of $800. Add prescription sunglasses and the occasional loss or breakage of your frames (read: kids, dogs, and jobs), and you’re multiplying the costs.

Other Costs with Contacts and Glasses

Cost is about more than numbers, though. Contacts are time-consuming, adding more time to your morning and bedtime routines. Most contact-wearers can recall those late-night runs to the store to get more solution. Glasses, too, can be a pain when you live an active life. Pool parties become more trouble than they’re worth. (“Do I go in with my glasses and deal with the fog and water drops? Or do I leave them poolside and pretend I know whom I’m talking to?”) Switching back and forth between glasses and sunglasses (or worse, those clips) can be a hassle when driving, hiking, or walking in and out of stores. Dealing with protective sports wear can be impossible. It’s hard to put a price on these hassles!

Other Factors to Consider when Considering LASIK

It’s important to know that whether or not you get LASIK, you will most likely need reading glasses with age. No surgical procedure, including LASIK, can provide a lifetime guarantee. However, talking with a doctor about your lifestyle and expectations can help you make an informed decision about what route is best for you. For more information about how you can improve your vision and way of life, call (419) 289-6466 or schedule a consultation.

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