The Average Cost of Eye Glasses


Eyeglasses range in price depending on the complexity of the prescription, the type of frames chosen, and where the glasses are purchased. Different add-on features also increase the price of the eyewear.

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woman and man wearing glasses (Image: Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images)


According to the National Association of Vision Care Plans, the average price of eyeglasses is $263 including both frames and lenses. An eye examination will cost another $50 to $100 on average.

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boy getting eye exam (Image: tyler olson/iStock/Getty Images)


Bifocals or trifocals are more costly than standard lenses, and no-line bifocals are priced even higher. Having extras such as scratch-resistant coating or anti-glare coating will edge up the price as well.

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man looking at glasses (Image: kzenon/iStock/Getty Images)


Along with the types of lenses and frames chosen, choosing where to purchase eyeglasses is a big factor in cost. Generally, warehouse clubs and internet retailers have lower prices than optometrists' offices or chain stores. However, for quality follow-up service you might consider paying a little more if you can afford to.

woman trying on glasses at store
woman trying on glasses at store (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

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