Eyeglasses range in price depending on the complexity of the prescription, the type of frames chosen, and where the glasses are purchased. Different add-on features also increase the price of the eyewear.
According to the National Association of Vision Care Plans, the average price of eyeglasses is £170 including both frames and lenses. An eye examination will cost another £32 to £65 on average.
Bifocals or trifocals are more costly than standard lenses, and no-line bifocals are priced even higher. Having extras such as scratch-resistant coating or antiglare coating will edge up the price as well.
Along with the types of lenses and frames chosen, choosing where to purchase eyeglasses is a big factor in cost. Generally, warehouse clubs and Internet retailers have lower prices than optometrists' offices or chain stores. However, for quality follow-up service you might consider paying a little more if you can afford to.