I’m lucky enough to have avoided most health problems in my life, with one exception: my eyesight is terrible. When I was twelve, my dad (who also has bad eyesight) tried on my glasses and was amazed that the prescription was so close to his own. Luckily, my prescription has tapered off by now, but I still need glasses and/or contacts to function like a normal human.
I went to the eye doctor last week to update my prescription and order new contacts and glasses. I have one pair of contacts left, so I need to reorder. I haven’t had new glasses in years, but the anti-glare coating on my current pair has started flaking off, so they need to be replaced.
Right now I’m going through a little bit of sticker shock!
For contacts, the doctor is saying I should go for daily lenses. They gave me some free daily lenses to try out, and let me tell you, those things are luxurious. No need to worry about remembering to pack a contact case or solution, no need to track how long it has been since I last swapped to a fresh pair.
However, do you know how much those things cost?? It’s $650 per year. Normal 2-week lenses are only $250 for a year. I am also worried about how much waste goes into the daily lenses. That’s 730 little plastic blister packs with foil seals. That’s a lot! And it seems like such a stupid thing to worry about (especially since I contribute my fair share of waste to landfills), but seeing the pile from just a week of these babies made me feel like a bad global citizen.
I was considering getting a 6-month supply of daily lenses and then just wearing them half-time with glasses, which would at least decrease the cost/guilt slightly.
Unfortunately, it looks like glasses are going to be expensive too! My insurance will only cover a specific amount for either glasses or contacts, so either way I’ll have to cover a chunk of cash. Here is the glasses breakdown:
Frames: $250 (The cheapest pair they had were about $200, my favorites were, of course, around the $400 mark)
Lenses: $100 for thicker lenses OR $200 for thinner lenses, + $100 for anti-glare coatings
I could keep my old frames, but in all honesty, they have not fit properly since I bought them. They look good on my face, but they slide down my nose. Plus the plastic is discolored in places (and oh my gosh I walk around like that all the time, what is wrong with me). The lenses would definitely need to be replaced, which I might end up also doing to have a backup pair.
I’ve also been looking at some of the online retailers that promise glasses for $100, but I’m a little wary of them. Maybe as a backup, but that still means spending the $400 – $600 on the primary pair.
The debate in my mind seems a little silly since obviously I need to see, but at the same time, it makes sense to optimize my spending, especially when we’re talking about over $1000.
Do you wear glasses/contacts? What kind do you use, and how much do you pay?