How much does it cost to get contacts?
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How much does it cost to get contacts?

October 9, 2017

How much does it cost to get contacts?

Are you considering making the switch to contact lenses after wearing glasses for as long as you can remember? Perhaps you are ready for a change, or perhaps you just found out that you need a prescription to improve your vision. Either way, one of the first things that you will likely think about is the cost of contact lenses. At ContactsDirect, we understand that life is expensive and we want you to be honestly informed about the cost of purchasing contact lenses. We also want to remind you to help yourself out by taking advantage of our price match guarantee!

The cost of contact lenses depends on a few factors: the brand of contacts, the modality (the frequency of replacement: 2 weeks, daily, monthly, etc.) and where you choose to buy them. Other factors that can alter this cost include complex vision problems, manufacturer rebates, and discounts—either coupons or rebates. For example, some websites offer coupons on purchases, but make you pay shipping. Others will offer annual supply rebates if you buy larger quantities and submit for reimbursement. ContactsDirect provides instant annual supply discounts. As soon as you hit the annual supply quantity, we’ll reduce the per-box price right upfront, with no paperwork or rebates to file. And ground shipping is ALWAYS free.

A ballpark estimate of an annual supply of contacts for a nearsighted individual is between $220-$260. Depending on your modality, you will likely need between 6-10 boxes of contacts for the year, with boxes typically costing between $22-$26. However, if you need contact lenses for astigmatism, the price will increase. These contacts typically cost between $50-$70 per box, leading to an annual cost of $500-$700. The cost is similar for corrective lenses for presbyopia.

If you are interested in daily disposable contacts, contacts that are discarded after a single use, the cost will also change. An annual supply of daily disposables also may cost between $500-$700, but if you purchase an annual supply, you will likely receive a substantial discount.

It is also important to remember that, along with your contact lenses, you will also need to purchase bottles of contact lens solution for cleaning and protecting your contacts. Typically, the solution costs between $150-$200 a year. However, if you and your doctor agree that daily lenses are the best choice, you can skip the contact lens solution purchase since the lenses are discarded after every use.

While the price of contacts may sound expensive initially, do not let that scare you away. At ContactsDirect, we accept most vision insurance benefits—both as an in and out of network provider, which can significantly assist with the costs. Make sure to find out what vision benefits you have, there is a good chance you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find. If your insurance does cover your contact lenses, your vision benefit allowance could be $100-130 annually.

If you ask a contact lens wearer, they will likely tell that you that the benefits of wearing contacts outweigh the costs. You will love the convenience of your contacts. If you consistently and carefully follow the instructions and care for your lenses, you will enjoy them!