High index lenses are more expensive than regular lenses; but how much will I spend on them?
Do High Index Lenses Cost Much?
High index lenses cost different amounts depending on what index you choose, what lens color you want, and what kind of prescription you have. In general, you can assume that the higher your index is, and the more bells and whistles you have, the more your high index lenses cost.
Lenses are going to range dramatically – from about $100 for clear, 1.67 high index lenses to up to $300 for ultra high index glass lenses.
Here’s what you can expect to pay for different high index lenses:
- High Index Plastic 1.67. These are the most affordable high index lenses. They range from $110 for clear single vision to $270 for Transitions progressive lenses with AR, scratch, and UV coatings.
- High Index Plastic 1.70. These are the most balanced high index lenses. These high index lenses cost between $130 for clear single vision and $260 for progressive, dark brown or gray tinted lenses with all the coatings. They do not come in Transitions.
- High Index Plastic 1.74. These are the thinnest plastic lenses. These high index lenses cost between $165 for clear single vision and $295 for progressive, dark gray or brown tinted lenses with all the coatings. They do not come in Transitions.
- High Index Glass 1.80. These high index lenses cost between $185 for clear single vision and $245 for the same, with coatings. They do not come tinted or with lens types other than progressive.
- High Index Glass 1.90. These are the absolute thinnest high index lenses, though the glass makes them heavier than plastic. These high index lenses cost between $285 for clear single vision and $345 for the same, with coatings. They do not come tinted or with lens types other than progressive.
As you can see, there is a wide variety in pricing for high index lenses depending upon what your preferences are and what type of prescription you have.
If you’re not sure what type of high index lenses are best for you, we have all sorts of posts on the different materials and how to pick which one is right for you. Just take a look at some of our other posts, or you can leave a comment below with any questions or comments you may have. We hope this helps, and thanks for reading! Happy shopping.