Eyeglasses Can Be an Expensive Investment
If you’ve been diagnosed with vision problems, you aren’t alone. According to the Vision Council of America, 75 percent of U.S. adults require some type of vision correction. Unfortunately, these numbers are only going to rise. As the Baby Boomer generation gets older, we are going to see an increased number of people with vision problems and blindness.
Reports indicate that more than 25 million Americans will face vision problems by 2050. This is double the number of Americans dealing with vision issues today. As of 2015, about 12 million Americans had some type of vision problem. For our nation to adequately address these common eye problems, more education and screenings are imperative for both aging Americans and younger individuals. The key to preventing common eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts is knowing what can be done to protect your eyes.
In recent years, a lot has changed in regard to how we diagnose and treat eye conditions. When you go to the eye doctor today, you will find that there are numerous different ways to treat common issues. From Lasik to vison therapy or corrective lenses, our team is here to help you find the best solutions for your needs.
Eyeglasses are easily one of the most common ways to correct your vision. From glasses sold at your local drug store to high fashion designer frames, your options are endless. But what does a lifetime of wearing glasses look like? With alternatives such as Lasik available, many people are left wondering whether investing in glasses is smart long-term. Today we are going to take a deeper look at some of the most important statistics about glasses. If you’ve never had to buy glasses before, you may be surprised at the range in pricing. There are reasons for the vast difference in price tag, but more on that later. If you have any questions about purchasing eyeglasses through First Eye Care McKinney or would like to learn more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Vision Statistics You Should Know
Studies indicate that more than one billion people worldwide need eyeglasses, many of whom do not have access to vision correction. Furthermore, three out of every four adults require glasses or contacts.
Let’s now take a closer look at some other important vision statistics:
- Of the 75 percent of adults that need vision correction, 64 percent of them wear eyeglasses (11 percent wear contact lenses)
- More than half of women wear glasses
- 42 percent of men wear glasses
- 30 percent of the U.S. population is nearsighted
- 60 percent of the population is farsighted
- Computers are a leading cause of vision complaints in the workplace
- 1 in 4 children has a vision problem
- Over 20 percent of teenagers require vision correction
- 10 million Americans have had Lasik surgery since it was approved in 1999
Breaking Down Glasses Statistics
One of the most frequent questions we get at our McKinney office is, “how often do I have to buy new frames?” While there is no straightforward answer to this, the Vision Council reports that the average person replaces their glasses once every year. Keep in mind that some people have different glasses for different occasions, so this number may multiply.
Regardless of whether you use one pair of glasses or several, the cost can undoubtedly add up quickly. So, is it worth it, and really what choice do we have?
Taking care of your eyes is a necessary part of life. If you are nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism, or are suffering from some other condition that affects your ability to see, you need to do something about it. This isn’t one of those things you can ignore and hope will go away eventually.
So, yes, investing in a good pair of eyeglasses is most definitely worth it. However, because there are other options out there (think contact lenses and vision correction surgery), spending all your hard-earned money on glasses isn’t necessarily your fate. As you will see when you start to shop for eyeglasses, there are great options in all different price ranges. Sure, you can easily spend several hundred dollars or more on a pair of designer frames with all the thinnest lenses and best coatings, but you don’t have to. At First Eye Care McKinney, we strive to provide our patients with options at all different price points. Glasses are always an investment, but we guarantee you will find something within your budget.
Let’s now look at the facts about how much glasses cost:
- Americans spend 23.7 billion dollars on eyewear every single year
- The average cost of one pair of eyeglasses is $268
- The average adult replaces their glasses once every year
- Children typically outgrow or need to replace their glasses two times a year
- The average person will start wearing glasses at age 7
- A family of five will spend $25,728 on designer eyeglasses over a 12-year span
- Low-cost frames are around $150 on average (costing you $7500 over 50 years)
- High-quality frames and lenses cost around $500 per pair (equaling a lifetime cost of $12,500)
- Lasik surgery costs around $1,500 to $3,000 per eye
At First Eye Care McKinney, we offer glasses for all budgets! We want to help you and your family maintain your vision health without breaking the bank. It is important that you understand how much glasses cost so you can plan ahead and purchase your glasses accordingly. This is especially the case if you have children, as they tend to go through glasses more frequently than adults.
Should I Invest in Glasses?
Now that we’ve discussed how much glasses cost and compared it to the price of vision correction surgery, let’s talk about the bottom line. The fact of the matter is that eyeglasses are most certainly an investment, but a worthwhile one. If you take care of your vision and focus on your child’s eye health from an early age, you may be able to prevent common vision problems from developing. However, in some cases, there is nothing that can be done.
The following signs may indicate you need glasses:
- Frequent squinting
- Tired eyes
- Frequent headaches behind your eyes
- Blurred vision
- Halos or aura appear around the light, especially in bright settings
- You need to bring the book closer to you when reading
- You notice you are sitting closer to the TV
- Frequent eye rubbing
If you’ve noticed any of the above, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam at First Eye Care McKinney. Your vision health is our top priority, and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Investing in a good pair of glasses can be a difficult decision, but our eye care team makes it easy and are prepared to relay important glasses statistics to ease your buying experience. Give us a call today to learn more about our designer frames and budget-friendly (yet still fashionable!) options for both adults and children.