7 Tips to Help You Find Cheap Prescription Glasses

Vision Council of America

According to the Vision Council of America, an estimated 75% of the worldwide adult population wear glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. If you’re one of these people, you don’t have to spend a lot to take care of your sight.  Before you purchase your new eyeglasses, there are a few ways that you can save even more.

Check Your Insurance Coverage First

If you are still working and have health insurance at work, check to see what your benefits will cover. There’s a chance that your vision insurance will cover the full cost of your glasses, as well as eye exams. You may also be able to use funds from your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) if your employer offers these.

Avoid Buying from the Optometrist’s Office

Your eye doctor’s office likely has walls of glasses available for purchase. While there’s no harm in browsing the different frames to see what style best suits you, there is usually a significant mark up in prices if you purchase through them or from boutiques. You can easily find similar frames (if not the same ones) elsewhere for much less.

Skip the Unnecessary Add-Ons

Paying extra for add-ons like scratch-resistant coating or blue light coating might not be necessary. Polycarbonate lenses, for example, already have UV-protection and are more durable than plastic lenses. Anti-glare or anti-reflective coating is one of the few upgrades that comes recommended.

Only Replace Your Lenses

You don’t have to replace your frames and lenses every time your prescription changes. I’ve kept my eyecare costs down by only replacing the lenses and not the whole frames.

Get a Second Pair

Buying more than one pair of new glasses can work to your advantage as many eyewear stores offer promotions like buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO). Having a back-up pair of glasses is smart, but you could also get a pair of prescription sunglasses with these sorts of deals.

Buy Glasses Online

Online retailers can sell prescription glasses, contacts, and sunglasses at a much lower cost than most offline retailers can. They don’t have the same overhead costs (such as rent, bills, and wages for in-store staff) and often run their own manufacturing facilities, which means they can sell at lower prices.

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