What is the cost of glasses?

Hi, it’s Dr. Chotiner from Memorial Eye Institute. In this post, I’ll address the common concern: “What is the cost of glasses and how does it compare to laser eye surgery”.

Laser vision correction seems like an expensive option to correct vision in the short term, but in the long run, most patients will find that they pay much less for laser eye surgery than they would for their glasses over the course of their lifetime.

One easy way to assess this is to go to our website, which will indicate how much you’re likely to pay for glasses over your lifetime.

After you consider the cost of refilling prescriptions, lens solutions, the cost of glasses, and the amount of time you can waste looking for your glasses, you’ll be excited to stop renting your vision and start owning it.

Typically, a LASIK patient spends a fraction of what they might spend on glasses over a lifetime, which for many can exceed tens of thousands of dollars. When it comes to cost, the reality is that you’re spending the money anyway, you might as well have the benefits of laser eye surgery to go with it.

In addition, for those people that don’t have the full laser eye surgery cost to hand, it is possible in most cases to spread the payment of laser treatment out over the course of 1-2 years interest-free.

But before even considering the cost, the most important thing you need to know is whether you’re a candidate for one of the procedures we offer.

To learn more about LASIK and know which laser eye surgery treatment is best for you, please book a free virtual vision assessment online on our website today.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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