How Much Do Progressive Lenses Cost?
Progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals, are used to correct a condition called presbyopia. Progressive lenses are the preferred type of bifocal lenses because they contain no visible line and are more functional.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of progressive lenses will depend on the brand, type and where they are purchased. On average, plan on spending anywhere from $85 to as much as $400 on progressive lenses. However, most people spend less than $250. These are the prices for those who don’t have a vision insurance plan.
- Progressive lenses at Eyeglasses.com come in different forms and various price ranges, such as:
- CR-39 (Regular Plastic) – $99 to $199
- High Index 1.59 Polycarbonate – $135 to $269
- High Index 1.60 – $225 to $299
- Ultra High Index – $249 to $439
- Trivex – $135 to $269
- Glass – $235 to $355
- GlassesUSA.com offers a range of progressive lenses with prices ranging from $38 to $224. Prices depend on lens type, style, design, material and brand.
What is going to be included?
- Progressive lenses are obtainable in different types. Standard progressive lenses provide a wider reading scope but require a specific-sized frame to ensure a smooth transition from distance vision to near-sight tasks such as reading. Short-corridor progressive lenses are designed to fit into smaller frames and have reading vision “corridors” that are not very wide. Computer progressive lenses are designed for office use and appropriate for people who use a computer for more than 4 hours a day. Premium progressive lenses provide a wider reading area without the usual distortion.
- Depending on the supplier and the brand, progressive lenses come with a free case and cloth and have specific lens edges.
- With bifocals, the wearer would constantly have to adjust his head in order to use the lens above or below the line. With progressive lenses, this is no longer necessary.
What are the extra costs?
- The prices stated are for the lenses alone; you will need to purchase frames in which the lenses can be placed.
- Before you order progressive lenses, you will need to schedule an eye appointment to ensure that your prescription is written correctly. You may have to pay for an office exam depending on insurance.
- Depending on the service provider, various lens options are offered to accommodate the needs of different individuals. These include coating and tinting options. Coating features cost $14 to $99, while tinting options cost $12 to $25.
- Other lens services include mounting of nose pads, edge polishing, edge rolling as well as mounting fees for new nose pads, lens swap, rimless temple installation, and rimless mounting. These services can cost $6 to $30.
Factors that influence the price:
- Lens type. The type of progressive lens chosen affects the overall price paid. Standard progressive lens are the least expensive while premium progressive lens can cost more. Generally, the price of a pair of premium progressive lenses is twice that of the standard type.
- Free-form features. Progressive lenses equipped with digital (High-Definition) technology have vastly improved the quality of the progressive lens. Digital (HD) progressives are fully customized and normally have wider fields of view and smoother vision, and are, therefore, more expensive.
- Source. Where the pair of progressive lenses is bought often influences its overall cost. In some cases, getting progressive lenses at a local optical store can be expensive. In contrast, buying progressive lenses at online stores can be less expensive, depending on the site and type of lenses purchased.
Tips to know:
- There are more than 50 major manufacturers of progressive lenses, each one with its own designs. Seeking the help and advice of a certified optician can help make the right choice, especially as there are numerous factors to take into account when choosing lenses including Rx, lens material, frame type, and use, to name a few.
- When buying progressive lenses online, make sure to get your eyeglass prescription before placing an order. This helps ensure that the progressive lenses you are buying will be the right fit.
- Check the manufacturer’s guarantee and refund policy. Many offer a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee. Be sure to read the return policy in order to find out what items are covered by the guarantee as there are usually some items that, when returned, may require a restocking fee.
How can I save money?
- Many optical shops offer online coupons for discounts and free items. Many of these offer “buy one-take one” specials on progressive lenses and frames, allowing consumers significant discounts on lens purchases.
- Progressive lens makers who have their own labs and equipment often offer low prices since they are able to cut their overhead costs.
- Compare prices of progressive lenses at different optical shops as well as online stores. This can help find sources of reasonably priced progressive lenses. Make sure though to ask what is included in the price.
- Highly consider shopping online before you purchase from a local optical company. 99% of the time, the costs will be cheaper online.