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The Smart Choice for Your Wallet - LASIK vs. Glasses vs. Contacts

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When it comes to improving your vision, cost matters. Let's break down the expenses of LASIK, glasses, and contacts to determine which option is the most budget-friendly.


Up-Front Costs:

  • LASIK: Expect to pay between $2,000 and $3,000 per eye for LASIK surgery.
  • Glasses: The initial cost of a pair of glasses can range from $200 to $600, depending on the frames and lenses.
  • Contacts: A box of contacts typically costs between $20 and $70, averaging $500 to $700 per year.


Maintenance Costs:

  • LASIK: Minimal maintenance costs, such as occasional visits to your eye care provider, are all you'll need.
  • Glasses: Repairs or adjustments can add up over time.
  • Contacts: Regular purchases of lenses and solutions amount to around $220 per year.


Long-Term Costs:

  • LASIK: Provides lasting vision correction, reducing the need for new prescriptions and ongoing purchases.
  • Glasses: Over 20 years, expect to spend between $4,000 and $12,000 just on frames, not including repairs or eye visits.
  • Contacts: Over 20 years, the cost can range from $10,000 to $14,000, excluding exams or solutions. Plus, contact lens wearers often need to buy glasses as well.


Additional Expenses:

  • LASIK: Minimal additional costs may include follow-up visits or enhancements.
  • Glasses: Costs for lens coatings, repairs, or replacements can add up.
  • Contacts: Backup glasses, cases, and solutions are additional expenses. Both glasses and contact wearers may also need prescription sunglasses, safety glasses, or goggles.


Lifetime Savings:

  • LASIK: LASIK can save you thousands over a lifetime compared to the ongoing costs of glasses or contacts.
  • Glasses: Initial costs are lower, but long-term expenses can be significant.
  • Contacts: Higher long-term costs due to ongoing purchases of lenses and solutions.


When you consider the savings over time compared to glasses and contacts, LASIK emerges as the clear winner. With its long-term cost savings and convenience, LASIK offers a life-changing solution that enhances both your vision and your wallet. Invest in your vision and schedule your consultation at Wang Vision Institute today!



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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.