A Lifetime Of Glasses Or Laser Eye Surgery?

A childhood friend of my was christened early by his peers with the name of ‘foggy’, simply because his glasses would always fog up when the temperature suddenly changed. It’s a silly story, but it touches on an important point that is part of a much larger problem for the frequent glasses wearer.

Waking up to a blurry alarm clock, struggling to find where you placed them last, breaking a lens, going in for frequent eye tests, not being able to see when exercising; these are just a few more of the issues commonly associated with wearing glasses.

We would be here for hours if we went through the whole list, but that isn’t to say glasses don’t have their strong points. Much like with renting a car, they offer a great temporary solution to an immediate need. They are suitable for almost anyone, easy to change or upgrade when necessary, and are accessible to people with all types of budgets.

However, when you have a long-term need, such as getting to work everyday for the foreseeable future, renting usually isn’t the best option.

The Long Term Cost Of Glasses

The daily troubles of wearing glasses can get annoying. But when you look at their long term cost, it truly is something to worry about.

In terms of social life and health, glasses present an awkward barrier to engaging in many sports and forms of exercise; even just taking a short jog on a treadmill can raise problems for the regular gym goer. Therefore amateur sports people and enthusiasts alike tend to opt for contact lens as the next best option, but even then can run into similar issues.

Aside from the above, and the permanent marks on your nose, the main cost of glasses is monetary. In an earlier post, we calculated exactly how much you could be spending on glasses over the course of 10 years.

In the calculation, the cost of eye examinations are not included as you should have one every two years no matter if you wear contacts, glasses, or have had Laser Eye Surgery. Therefore, with the price of one pair of glasses estimated at between £250 and £500, replaced every two years, the average daily cost of wearing glasses was calculated at 34.2p per day on the low end, and 69.4p per day on the high end.

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Over 10 years, that makes the cost of glasses to be £1,523.74 on the low side, and £3,047.49 on the high side (assuming a yearly inflation rate of 4.5%). This goes to show that rather than renting your vision and putting up with all the associated problems that come with it, you could actually opt for Laser Eye Surgery and own an improved level of vision, do away with all the daily hassles, and open doors to whole new opportunities, for a lot less than you would pay for glasses over a lifetime.

The great thing here is that the effects of Laser Eye Surgery last considerably longer than 10 years—they’re permanent. Slight changes may occur in your vision with age (presbyopia), but instead of upgrading to bifocals or varifocals, or getting a few pairs of reading glasses to leave around the house, adjustments can easily be made with a short alteration surgery.

Read more about treating ageing eyes (presbyopia).

With our standard treatment—suitable for most patients—costing £5,200 or £216/month, you can afford to live a life free of glasses. If you would like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or find out more about the benefits of Laser Eye Surgery over glasses, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

Dr Tim Archer
Dr Tim Archer

Dr Timothy Archer graduated from Oxford and Cambridge Universities with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a postgraduate degree in Computer Science. He joined the clinic in 2003, where he established his career specialising in laser refractive surgery research alongside Professor Reinstein. Today, he manages the in-house research team, of which achievements include 124 peer-reviewed papers, 32 book chapters, over 100 scientific articles and a published textbook. He also oversees and edits the content on London Vision Clinic’s website.

A Lifetime Of Glasses Or Laser Eye Surgery?

  1. Alireza 30/12/2015 at 05:52

    Hi. I saw an eye surgery on manoto tv from your clinic, what was the method?prk? Lasik?… Because for prk we shoud drop for some months but at the video i saw that these drops were not necessary. Can i come from iran to your clinic. thx alot.

    • Bethany Kingsley 13/03/2016 at 17:23

      Hi Alireza,

      In all laser eye surgery you may need to use lubricating drops (artificial tears) for a period of time after surgery. Your surgeon will recommend what treatment is best for you, to achieve the best possible results in the safest possible way. We have many patients coming from all over the world, please let us know if there are particular dates you are looking to travel and we will do our best to accommodate them.


  2. Lillian Schaeffer 02/03/2016 at 21:56

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that laser eye surgery lasts a lifetime. I have some problems with my vision, and I’ve had glasses since high school, but I’d like to be able to see well without them. I’ll definitely look into getting laser eye surgery to improve my vision for my lifetime. Thanks for the great post!

    • Bethany Kingsley 13/03/2016 at 17:24

      Hi Lillian,

      Thanks for your feedback. Please let us know if you wanted any more information about your eyes and what laser eye surgery could do for you. One of our Patient Care Coordinators would be happy to chat with you.


  3. Finn Stewart 06/12/2016 at 15:49

    I’ve worn glasses my whole life, but I’ve always hated wearing them. That’s why I like how you mention that getting laser eye surgery will probably cost less than wearing glasses for 10 years. If I can have the same vision that glasses give me but without having to push glasses back up my nose, then I think laser eye surgery is definitely worth the investment.

    • Bethany Kingsley 06/12/2016 at 22:36

      Hi Finn,

      Thanks for your comment. Thats exactly right and many patients have felt the same way as you. Laser eye surgery can usually achieve the same vision as your glasses, the best way to determine your suitability and get all the facts is to have a consultation. Once you are happy with the expected outcome and risk involved (Laser eye surgery is a very safe medical procedure) then you can start the journey to being specs free. Call the clinic on 0207 224 1005 for more information.
      London Vision Clinic

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