Last Updated on July 19, 2023 By Emma W. Thomas
The cost of replacing lenses in glasses varies depending on several factors, including the type of lenses, prescription strength, and any additional coatings or features. On average, basic plastic lenses can cost around $50 to $200 per pair. Upgrading to high-index lenses or adding coatings like anti-glare, UV protection, or scratch resistance can increase the price to $100 to $400 or more. For those requiring multifocal or progressive lenses, the cost can be higher, ranging from $150 to $500.
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Overview of the Cost To Replace Lenses In Glasses
The costs for replacement lenses vary from place to place, so here are some places where you can get estimates for replacing your lens:
- Online eyeglasses retailer websites
- Local optical shop – if you already have your new prescription
- Your old glasses’ manufacturer – after purchasing new lenses; if multiple pairs need their service charge may be different
The cost for replacement lenses can vary by place and lens type, but it is important to note that these prices are average. People with extreme prescriptions or brands of glasses may pay more or less than what’s stated below:
Contacts (per year)
- Daily disposable – $8-$15 per lens set
- 30-day wear – $40-$60 per box of 30 sets
- 90-day wear – $90 for 1 pair of lenses only / $150-180 for 2 pairs of lenses.
If you purchase a second subscription as an auto-refill option, you will pay about $55 per month for additional refills until you cancel the service.
- 3-month lenses – $100-$140 per lens set
- 6-month lenses – $180-$240 per lens set
- 1-year lenses – $300-$390 per lens set
Lenses for Glasses (per year)
- Single vision, plastic lens – $130
- Single vision, high index lens – $230
- Bifocal, plastic lens – $220
- Trifocal, plastic lens – $320
- Progressive, plastic lens – $420
- Photochromic lenses – $320-$420
- Lens replacement with anti-reflective coating – additional cost of about $50
As you can see, the costs for replacement lenses can vary greatly. It is important to factor in the original price of your glasses and the cost of your lenses. If you try to save money on new glasses, it may be worthwhile to pay for quality over price.
However, if you need new lenses and only have the money to replace just one lens, it may be wise to purchase contact lenses instead since there is no difference in price between replacement lenses for bifocals or trifocals when each lens must be replaced individually.
How Much Does It Cost To Change The Lenses In Your Glasses?
Though most people can replace the lenses in their glasses, many opt for a professional service. If you prefer to do it yourself, this article will show you how much it costs to replace lenses in glasses.
The cost of lenses can vary depending on prescription, frame type and material, personal preference, insurance coverage, and an individual’s skill level.
On average, though, switch plate lenses can cost anywhere between $50 – $150 per pair of eyeglasses if purchased online or through an eye care professional who offers free lens replacement services.
Additionally, low vision centers offer low prices for replacing lenses in glasses. Whether you pay out-of-pocket or have insurance cover the procedure, there is generally a cost associated with having lenses replaced in eyeglasses.
Prices for purchasing CR-39 or polycarbonate plastic lenses can be as low as $10 to $20 per pair at online stores. In contrast, premium/high index 1.67 or thinner high-end lenses may cost up to anywhere between $150 -$300 per pair based on where you buy them from and the lens design desired by the customer.
There are also specialty lens makers who create coatings specifically designed to cut down on glare, reduce the amount of light passing through your glasses and enhance contrast to provide crisper vision during daytime use.
Is It Cheaper To Replace Your Lenses In Glasses?
For most people who wear glasses, adjusting to having a lens in one eye can be a difficult experience. When your glasses break, or you lose a pair, the cost of replacing the lenses along with the frames is very expensive.
If you want to save some money on your new prescription eyewear, there are ways of re-purposing old frames and lenses rather than buying new ones. Even if only one lens breaks or gets lost, you still have plenty of options for keeping costs down.
How Much Does It Cost To Get New Prescription Glasses?
This is not an easy question to answer. It varies depending on where you live, your budget, the style of lenses you want, and how much free time you have available. If you are looking for a ballpark figure, glasses with single vision lenses will likely cost somewhere between £70-£100 ($110-$150).
Designer frames may push this upwards to around £120 ($190), but if you have no interest in looks or are willing to compromise, then something along the lines of £60 ($95) could be closer to being accurate.
If your new specs need high index lenses (thinner and lighter), advanced coatings such as anti-reflective, scratch-resistant, and Transitions (phototropic lenses which change from clear to dark in response to UV light), then the price will jump again. Expect to pay £130-£200 ($210-$325) for this level of service.
For those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses, the cost of a new prescription rises significantly, typically costing between £175-£250 ($280-$400).
Replacing just the lenses in your glasses can be expensive, but it’s still cheaper than buying an entirely new pair of glasses. If you have a current pair of specs that you like, but the lenses are scratched or damaged, consider replacing them rather than buying a fresh set. Speak to your optician about the cost and options available to you.
How Much Is It To Put New Lenses In Old Frames?
This is a commonly asked question, and the answer can depend on a few factors. Generally, the cost of new lenses will be less than the cost of a new pair of glasses. However, there are a few things that will affect the price.
The first factor is the type of lens you need. If you need a prescription lens, the cost will be higher than needing a new lens for sunglasses or reading glasses.
The second factor is the type of frame you have. Some frames are more expensive to replace than others. The third factor is where you live. Prices may vary depending on the country or region.
Generally speaking, though, the average cost to replace lenses in glasses is around $60-70. This price can vary depending on the factors mentioned above. If you need a new prescription, the cost will be higher. If you have an expensive frame, the cost will be higher. And if you live in a more expensive region, the cost will be higher.
If you are looking to save money, it is often cheaper to buy a new pair of glasses than to replace the lenses in an old pair. However, replacing the lenses can be a more affordable option if you have a favorite frame that you don’t want to part with.
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