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How is the Cost of your Glasses Determined?

When it comes to choosing new glasses, several options are available to customize them. Did you know that we have glasses for all budgets at IRIS? The chosen frame will, of course, have an impact on the total price, but it is especially the lenses that has the largest number of options. Here are the main elements that can determine the total cost of a full pair of glasses.

The Frame
When shopping for glasses, the frame is often the first thing we pick. It is mainly the brand and the materials used that will make the frame vary. Some are affordable, while others are more prestigious and expensive. Throughout the year, many of our collections are on sale, including well known designer frames.

The Range of the Lenses
After your eye exam, the optometrist will be able to determine what type of lenses you should wear. The first step in picking your new lenses will be determined by your optical needs. If you need glasses to see near or far, single vision lenses will be the best and the least expensive option for you. On the other hand, progressive lenses, which allow you to see at all distances, are a little harder to adjust and must be personalized at a higher level. They are retailed at a higher price than single vision lenses.

For each category of lenses, there are also different options, ranging from entry-level to high-end quality lenses.The higher up the range, the higher the price to pay, but the higher the quality of the vision. Our team members at IRIS will always take into consideration your budget when it comes to picking your lenses. Your prescription also has something to do with the cost of your lenses. If you have a strong prescription for example, the optician may recommend opting for high-end lenses to ensure better visual comfort.

Antireflection Treatment
At IRIS, our glasses almost always include lenses with anti-reflective scratch resistant coating amongst several other coating options. For example, we offer basic and new generation coatings and even a coating that protects your eyes from the blue light emitted by the digital screens. For a small fee, you can also choose to add a very specialized antireflection treatment, which enhances contrasts of what you will see through your glasses. Your optician will help you determine which options are best suited for you according to your lifestyle, budget and the use you make of your glasses.

The Thinned
You may have heard of thin lenses before. The type of materials used and the process used to create your lenses can reduce their thickness. If you have a small prescription, you probably will not need to pay extra for thinning your lenses. However, it is sometimes necessary for higher prescriptions, or when you have large frames. The type of frame has to be considered to determine if it would be better to get your lenses thinned. For example, the sides of the lenses will be more visible on a metal frame than they would be on a frame made out of plastic. If you have a strong prescription, we also might recommend that you pay a little extra to make your lenses thinner. Your optician will help you determine if your lenses should be thinned or not.

Photochromic Lenses
Do you often forget to take your sunglasses with you before going outside? Transitions lenses could be a good option for you! They are photochromic, which means they become tinted when you go outside. Adding this option to your lenses will help your eyes to stay protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun, reducing the risk of many eye diseases.

In the end, the best way to know the exact price of a pair of glasses is to go to the store and to talk with your optometrist and your optician. Our opticians will help you pick a frame that will fit you perfectly and will help you choose lenses that suit your budget and lifestyle. Also, do not forget to take into consideration that all our patients benefit from our No Matter What Guarantee on their frame and lenses at no additional cost! 

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