What goes into the cost of contact lenses?
Know what to expect as you budget
Truth be told, the cost of contacts can vary significantly depending on a number of factors— including which contacts you are prescribed, which eye doctor you see, and how much vision insurance covers, if you have it.
With that in mind, we'll walk you through the basics so you know where to follow up for more info.
Lens prices can vary by type
Reusable contact lenses tend to be less expensive per year than disposable contact lenses, but the range varies depending on the type of contact lens you and your doctor decide are best.
Ranges of costs above based on average prices from ACUVUE Shop. Contact lenses are a medical device and require a prescription from an eye care professional.
Insurance can give you a lift
Before you make an appointment, check with your employer or vision insurance provider to understand what’s covered under your plan. Typically, the exam and fitting fee are covered or require a small co-pay, while your materials allowance can help cover the cost of the contact lenses. Your doctor's office can also help you understand any applicable insurance coverage you may have.
Tip: Bring your insurance card
Your doctor's office can submit a claim more easily with a copy of your insurance card.
Tip: Know your insurance plan
Some vision insurance plans allow you to book exams on a calendar year basis, so you may not have to wait a full 365 days until your next exam.
Frequently asked questions
How much can vision insurance save me?
What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)?
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Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional, call 1-800-843-2020, or download the Patient Instruction Guides.