If you have worn glasses for a while you will know that the cost of glasses can vary greatly, depending on a number of factors such as the material they are made of, the lens type, and any special features you might need or want.
As everyone’s needs are different, there is no one answer to how much glasses cost, but in this blog we want to break down the factors that contribute to the cost and options you can add or remove to suit your needs and budget.
Three Key Elements
There are three main elements to your glasses, all of which vary in price depending on a number of factors, these are:
- Coatings/special features
Let’s look at each of these in turn and consider how they contribute to the overall cost of your eyewear.
Your frames are probably the thing you will spend most of your time debating on as these are what you will have to look at everyday for at least the next two years.
Our frames range from £20 to £200 – though it is certainly possible to get frames that cost much more than this (the opticians in Harrods is worth a look if you are ever in London and feeling flush!). It’s possible to have simple plastic or metal frames at the lower end of the scale, and hand made acetate or titanium frames will tend to cost more.
Lenses though, are where the prices can really start to fluctuate, as these are the parts that are custom-made to your needs. Historically, lenses were made almost exclusively out of glass, but as times have changed so has technology, and today most lenses are made out of high-tech plastics which are hard-wearing, thinner, lighter, and can be easily treated with a range of different coatings.
The most basic lenses are single vision, which means they have one prescription to either help you with near or long-sightedness, starting around £50.
However, if your prescription is more complex, you may need varifocals, which spread two prescriptions across various parts of the lens surface, giving you clear, natural vision regardless of which way you are looking. These are most commonly prescribed to people with ‘presbyopia’ – where the eye struggles to focus on a subject.
The third main type of lens is the bifocal. These have a noticeable segmentation towards the bottom of the lens where a reading prescription is added, while the rest of the lens will help with distance. Most people choose varifocals nowadays as they are not aging the way bifocals are. But for some people they are still the best optical solution.
Upgrades and Special Features
Finally, there are various coatings such as UV protection, scratch resistance, and lenses which transition to sunglasses in strong light. We can also add an anti-fog treatment to these, and while it’s worth mentioning that this isn’t perfect in all scenarios, this can be really useful if your glasses steaming up is a real problem for you. All of these add an additional layer of protection as well as cost to your glasses.
As you can see, because glasses are individually tailored to your eyes, there is no one size fits all price, however we aim to be as competitive as possible and get you your glasses as quickly as possible.
We believe in charging a fair price for quality products, and deliberately keep things as simple as possible when it comes to prices. We’ll choose a lens and a frame to give a total price, with no complicated offers or upselling.
To find out more about our range of glasses, get in touch!