There are many causes for contact lens intolerance (the inability to wear contact lenses without pain), including allergens, wearing your contacts for too long, ill-fitting lenses, wearing makeup, and even allergies. But perhaps one of the most annoying symptoms of contact lens intolerance is how much you pay for the contacts and all of the supplies needed to wear them every day.
What Does It Really Cost You to Have Contact Lenses?
Ninety percent of Americans who wear contact lenses use soft disposable lenses. The average yearly cost for bi-weekly disposable lenses is about $220 to $260. For those with astigmatism or wearing daily disposable lenses it’s even higher at around $480-$720 annually. But wait, don’t forget the contact lens solution and cleaners. That’s an additional $150 to $200 a year. Those supplies will set you back a minimum of about $370 to $920, each year. Oh, wait, there’s more. The annual eye exam, after-all your contact lens prescriptions needs to be renewed each year. If you do not have optical insurance, expect to pay on average $200. So what do contact lenses really cost? By the time a 21 year old contact lens wearer reaches 60 years old, they will have spent between $22,230 to $43,680 on a lifetime of contact lenses. This lifetime estimate doesn’t even include the eyeglasses you need to wear at night or any time you experience that nagging contact lens irritation. Many don’t realize the high true cost of contact lenses because they are paying it over-time in small payments once or twice a year, but the costs really start to add up. More importantly, let’s not forget the health concerns of wearing contact lenses. If you’re not 100% compliant in your lens care, you could cause eye irritation and inflammation, along with contact lens intolerance (CLI), leaving you unable to wear contact lenses at all without severe discomfort. You risk more serious conditions, too, like eye ulceration.