Re: Average costs of glasses?
If your nearsightedness is quite bad, you would ideally get "high index" lenses, which are lighter and thinner. I think this adds about $20 - $50 to the price. I also needed progressive lenses (because of aging eyes), and wanted anti-reflective coating because I work with the public. My last 2 pairs of glasses were about $500 - $700 total, with the frame being about $125 of that. Contacs are actually cheaper if you can wear them. Pearle vision regularly has a 50% discount on their frames, which, if you only need a simple, single-vision prescription, could keep the total price under $200 and still give you a good choice of frames.