” What is the cost of contact lenses ” is the first question we get asked when patients are considering moving from glasses to contact lenses. Here we are talking about the contact lens price with power. It is a very valid question, however, the answer is not always easy.
The price of contact lenses or rather your total cost would depend on the following factors. Here you would have to consider the cost of eye examinations at your ophthalmologist clinic.
Contact lenses could be only a spherical power which would look something like this, -5.00 DS or -1.00 DS. You could also have a cylindrical power or astigmatism and this could look like -5.00 DS / -1.5 * 180. The lenses which help with astigmatism are called Toric lenses. Toric lenses are more expensive than spherical lenses. Thus the contact lenses price with power would depend on the power of the contact lens.
The quantity of contact lenses you chosse to buy at one time will also dictate the amount you pay for your first purchase. Some may choose to buy only monthly stock if they are buying daily disposable lenses. If you are buy biweekly or monthly disposable lenses your minimum purchase would have to be of 3 or 6 months depending on your eye power. People may choose to buy a larger quantity of lenses to reduce the need to buy every month or every few months. Sometimes, there are special offers for buying larger quantities and you may choose to take that offer.
We feel that it makes a lot of sense buying contact lenses for 6 months or a year if you are getting good discounts. You would anyway have spent the money on the lenses and these lenses dont go bad. Infact, at Eye Solutions we sell yearly stocks of contact lenses to patients and offer them discounts. A lot of our younger patients who study abroad buy yearly lens stock before their travels so that they dont have to buy these lenses from the foreign contries they are in.
As mentioned in the article on daily disposable contact lenses, the contact lenses collect deposits of different materials. These deposits need to be cleaned and one needs contact lens solutions for the same. These contact lens solutions are not needed for daily disposable contact lenses but are required for all other types of contact lenses. You should be able to get a 500ml bottle for Rs 600 which would last you for about 1.5 to 2 months. These solutions are also available in lesser quantities.
The cost of contact lenses would depend on where you buy them from. To put it simply, there are three places where you can buy lenses from. Online shopping, Optical Shops or Eye Hospitals.
Online shopping would definately be the cheapest but then there would be no service associated with that purchase. If your eye power changes, the lenses that you have would be wasted. Also if you face any difficulty with the lenses you would have to visit an ophthalmologist to help you with your eye condtion.
Opticians and Eye hospitals would almost charge the same. Opticians sometimes maybe slightly cheaper than an Eye Hospital. However, at both these places you would be more sure of your eye power before you buy the lenses. However, lens exchange would not be possible at an optician.
Eye hospitals offer discounts as well as lens exchanges when needed. At Eye Solutions, we offer free trials before you actually have to buy the lenses. These free trials help you in deciding if the lenses are comfortable and you can see clearly with them on. If not happy you are not expected to buy the box of lenses and end up wasting money. We also offer dicounts for 6 monthly and yearly purchases to our patients. If the eye power changes we also offer to take back the unopened boxes of lenses and replace them with the new eye power.
You can book your contact lens trial or order you contact lenses from us.
Contact lenses are worn on the front surface of the cornea. It is always a good idea to have an ophthalmologist who can have a look at you if you face any difficulties with the lenses. Many Eye Hospitals offer these services as a value add if you purchase lenses from them. At Eye Solutions we offer free power check ups for our patients who buy 6 months to 1 year contact lenss from us. In short there is relationship established between the contact lens wearer and the team at the Eye Hospital and this relationship comes handy when the need arises.
Here is a chart showing the contact lenses price with power in India. What we have listed here is the MRP. We also have made a note of the discounts we offer.