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Old 06-22-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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Average costs of glasses?

When I had insurance, it only covered a very small cost of eye exams or glasses/contacts. I pretty much had to pay full price for everything. I don't recall how much the eye exam was but I do know that I ended up paying about $70 for my glasses (I'm nearsighted) and they were one of the two cheapest pairs in there. My other family members payed around $100, I think.

What do you all pay for your glasses (for nearsightedness)? What do you pay for your eye exams?
I'm asking because I need another pair of glasses but I don't have insurance and am currently unemployed. I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for new glasses and an eye exam but I don't know what the average costs are. I'm hoping I can find a good deal/discount somewhere. I know Lenscrafters and Hour Eyes sometimes have discounts on glasses. I bet Walmart or Costco has decent pricees for eye exams and glasses.

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Old 06-23-2005, 11:39 AM   #2
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Re: Average costs of glasses?

Cost of glasses will vary according to the prescription and frames you choose plus cost of lens material used. You should count on around $100 for the exam if you go to a doctor instead of an optician. Lens and frames would be extra if you bought frames again. I always use the frames I already have as long as possible.

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Old 06-24-2005, 04:45 AM   #3
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Re: Average costs of glasses?

The frames run from $120-250, the lenses about $120-150. It is very expensive! Well, I only get wire rims, maybe the plastic rims are cheaper, I never looked! The eye exams are $100. But these are just the prices in the places I've gone. Maybe there's cut rate place out there somewhere. Maybe you could check on the internet for prices around your area?

Old 06-26-2005, 12:04 AM   #4
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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.

Old 06-27-2005, 11:57 AM   #5
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Re: Average costs of glasses?

when I was a kid my glasses were usually only about $100. The frames of my last pair (the super awesome silhouettes) were something like $500 (I got a huge discount and only paid $200). My boyfriend works for a contact lens distributor said that my (eyeglass) lenses, which are a really good lens (high index AR, whatever that means) literally cost $18-20 to make, but they are sold to us for about $200. Ugh!

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