How to Save Money On Your Glasses And Contact Lenses

By Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso
Chris is a freelance writer who also enjoy going fishing. He enjoys the sunshine and all kinds of outdoor activities. Email Chris at
November 20, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Many times a trip to the optometrist can leave your wallet empty without you feeling like you received much in return. The business of glasses and contacts does not always have to be expensive as there are many places where rebates are given. There are also programs that you can be a part of that will save you money in the long run.


Many people do not make a yearly trip to the eye doctor if they have been checked to have perfect vision. For those of us who aren’t as lucky, the annual trip to the eye doctor can be worrisome. Having insurance for those who go to the optometrist frequently is recommended while those who do not may not need insurance. Bills for the optometrist can start to pile up if you do not have insurance. Doing a cost benefit analysis of the risk you are at versus the money you would save is wise to say the least.


If you are not doing your due diligence and check websites for the best deal then you are just giving money away. Many websites have great rebates as well as discount contact lenses. Doing your research on the contacts that are right for you is also important. Many optometrists might push a certain brand as they could have a good relationship with the rep or a myriad of other things. The websites that carry the most brands of contacts generally have the most information on contacts rather than skewed info to lead you to buying a specific product. 

Reuse When Possible

Many times your prescription does not change by an immense amount and your doctor might tell you that you can use the contacts or glasses you have until the new ones come in. If you have daily contacts, reusing these if kept clean minimizes risk when reusing. Eye glasses can be reused and you can just change your frames and keep the same lenses that you have. Depending on the frames that you want, replacing these can be very uncostly overall.

Just Shop Around

As it is with everything, looking and considering all of your options is the best way to save money. If you are looking to save money then buying at the first store or at the first website you visit is unwise. Talking to your doctor about the most frugal options is always a good idea as well because they know where to look to fit your needs. This also helps the doctor build trust and rapport ensuring you will return so their information will be detailed and helpful.

As you can see, there isn’t a large difference between shopping for prescription lenses and contacts than there is when you are shopping for anything. Knowing all of your options and doing research is the easiest way to save money. Weighing the benefits of each purchase is also paramount, whether you want weekly or daily contacts can be the difference of hundreds of dollars. So shop wisely and save money coming out of your next trip from the optometrist. 

Chris Grasso
Chris is a freelance writer who also enjoy going fishing. He enjoys the sunshine and all kinds of outdoor activities. Email Chris at