Take away my glasses and I am absolutely helpless. I have horrible vision; I’m so severely near-sighted (which means I can’t see things at a distance) that I’m almost farsighted. Once something is six inches away from my face, it’s reduced to a blurry splotch of colours. Natural selection would have weeded me out a long time ago if we were still pursued by things with claws and teeth out in the wild. Thankfully though, with a pair of glasses, I can see bears and tigers long before they pounce on me.
I’ve worn glasses since I was in Grade 3 and since then, my eyes have gotten progressively worse. As a result, I’ve typically have had to get new glasses every 2 years to keep up with the change in my prescription. When I was younger, my Mom’s employee benefits covered $200 of the cost of glasses every 2 years – great, until you get to the fine print. It’s not per person – and my Mom, myself and my two sisters all need glasses, so that $200 didn’t go very far against 4 pairs of glasses every 2 years. I shudder to think of the costs.
I’m long past being covered by parents’ employee benefits, and my employee benefits don’t include any vision benefits. That means I’m on the hook for the cost of eye exams and new glasses. I decided to estimate how much this would amount to in a lifetime. I generally get new glasses every two years – I wear my glasses everyday, all day, so my glasses can take a beating. I once had a pair snap in half when my cousin whacked me in the face with a pillow! After two years of wearing the same thing on my face everyday, I’m usually ready for a change anyways.
75 years/2 = 37.5 pairs of spectacles.
37.5 pairs of glasses * $450/pair = $16,875 over a lifetime.
My glasses are typically $450 because I have to order the special thin lenses otherwise, I’d be stuck with coke-bottle glasses like Bubbles. Not really the look I’m going for.
$16,875 that’s a fair chunk of change to spend on your eyes. Looking at that number (no pun intended), I think I’m going to ask my optometrist about laser eye surgery at my next appointment. I’ve thought about laser eye surgery for a while, well, ever since my Mom got it done. I would love to be able to see the alarm clock when I wake up, and financially, it may make sense to have it done. Laser eye surgery seems like a lot of money upfront, but I’m pretty sure it will be less than $16,875. Of course, there are factors related to laser eye surgery, like problems with night-vision and age-related changes in eye strength, but financially, laser eye surgery might be the way to go.
Until I talk to my optometrist, I’m going to put away $19/month for glasses so when the time comes for a new pair, I’ll be set.
Anyone else wear glasses/contacts? Or have you had laser eye surgery? Would you say it’s worth it?