Daily disposable contact lenses, in general, are more expensive than lenses used for longer replacement periods of time. This is because of the increased number of lenses being purchased. But, cost can vary widely, depending on the brand and the lens material. Daily disposable contact lenses made from silicone hydrogel materials are often positioned by lens manufacturers as “premium” daily disposables with the greatest benefit and the highest cost.
Even before the advent of disposable lenses, it was well known that replacing lenses often was a healthy thing to do. Problem was, contacts were too expensive to discard very often — so various cleaning solutions and devices were used to prolong the life of the lens. Then contact lens manufacturers developed new manufacturing methods to produce high-quality lenses in greater volume, at lower cost. These advances led to lower lens prices, making it affordable to replace lenses more often.
Some of today’s daily contact lenses are made of the same materials as traditional lenses; other disposables are made from new materials and designs developed especially for disposability. Therefore, you can see there are a lot of variables for the cost differences.
Spherical Daily Disposables at our office start at around $200 for a year supply after rebates and instant discounts ($27.50 a box). This equals about 54 cents per day. Much less then a soda or cup of coffee. Also remember that no rinsing and cleaning solutions or cases are needed which can easily total more than $100 per year. Some people have vision insurance that helps reduce this cost even further.
Monthly contacts average $50 a box each eye or $200 + $100 solution costs/ year = $300
There are other options and price levels for different brand options. In my Practices, astigmatism dailies start at around $315 for an annual supply with rebates and instant discounts. Multifocal dailies start at $380 for an annual supply with rebates and instant discounts.
Dailies are the healthiest modality of wearing contacts and our vision is vital to our daily function. My family wears daily disposables. I wouldn’t want them in anything else. Our patients deserve the best options available and that is why our group recommends all our patients to try daily disposable lenses!
Torrey Carlson, O.D.