A very heavily advertised offer for eyeglasses from the big chain stores is 50% off lenses.
Half off normally represents a great deal. With eyeglasses you need to see all the parts. The average person spends $360 with an eye doctor. That’s $134 for the exam and $226 for the eyeglasses. Lenses are only a small part of the purchase.
Eyeglasses are priced by the frames, the lenses, and the protective coatings.
Average Eyeglasses Cost
Eye Exam $134 Frames $ 86 Lenses $ 90 half off lenses saves $45 Coatings $ 50 Subtotal Glasses $226 TOTAL $360 Save $45 or 12%
Savings half on lenses is a nice offer … $45 on the average. But you can do better.
Check out the daily deal offers from Groupon, LivingSocial, Google Offers, and Amazon Local. You can usually buy into an eye exam + eyeglass credit valued at $200 for $75. That’s two to three times more savings than the big chains offering 50% off lenses.
You can also check out BidmyGlasses. We help eye doctors fill open exam times. If your schedule fits one of these special exams then you can save a lot of money. You pick the doctor, the date, the time-of-day, and select from savings that fit your budget. See the exam price in advance. Book online without any phone calls.
If you have vision insurance then expect the $134 eye exam to be free for your monthly premiums better if your employer provides free vision insurance benefits. Most vision insurance plans provide for 20% discount on eyeglasses. Total value $180 or just about equal to the monthly premiums. That’s Okay. It’s great if your employer provides free vision insurance.