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Why Are Glasses So Expensive?


Vision Machine

Eyewear is a near-monopolistic, $100-billion industry dominated by a single company. That's why 1,000% markups for frames and lenses are commonplace.

My last pair (2012) from the neighborhood optometrist in private practice cost me $1,100.

Why are these things so expensive?

The answer: Some would say that the entire Optometry Industry is a racket, a near-monopolistic, $100-billion industry that is shamelessly abusing its market power.  Prescription eyewear represents perhaps the single biggest mass-market consumer ripoff to be found.

The stats tell the whole story.

  • The Vision Council, an optical industry trade group, estimates that about three-quarters of U.S. adults use some sort of vision correction. About two-thirds of that number wear eyeglasses.
  • That’s roughly 126 million people, which represents some pretty significant economies of scale.The average cost of a pair of frames is $231, according to VSP, the leading provider of employer eye care benefits.
  • The average cost of a pair of single-vision lenses is $112. Progressive, no-line lenses can run twice that amount.
  • The true cost of a pair of acetate frames — three pieces of plastic and some bits of metal — is as low as $10, according to some estimates. Check out the prices of Chinese designer knockoffs available online.
  • Lenses require precision work, but they are almost entirely made of plastic and almost all production is automated.

The bottom line: You’re paying a markup on glasses that would make a luxury car dealer blush, with retail costs from start to finish bearing no relation to reality.

Why do glasses cost so much?

Because this industry has been getting away with fleecing people for decades.

But the REAL question is "why do so many people need glasses in the first place?"

The World is Rapidly Becoming More Nearsighted

Nearly 5 billion people will be myopic by 2050, is one prediction based on the rapid growth of this "disease". 

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Today, nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population has myopia, or nearsightedness, and it’s only expected to grow. By 2050, 50 percent of the world’s population, a total of nearly 5 billion, will be myopic, according to a new review study published yesterday in the journal Opthalmology.

Much of the increase, the researchers suspect, is due to environmental factors, “principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near work activities." In Asian countries with “high pressure educational systems,” they say, nearsightedness is even more prevalent, probably because children stay inside to study from a young age. Everyone’s increased screen time likely plays a role, too.

Based on that information, the researchers expect that the number of people with myopia in 2050 will be double what it was in 2000; high myopia, a more severe form of the condition, will have quintupled in the same timeframe, possibly due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

And while the researchers acknowledge that their study has limitations--some parts of the world lack information or offer conflicting data on the prevalence of myopia, that prediction has them concerned.

For most, nearsightedness is simply an inconvenience that can be corrected with glasses or contacts. But for the 1 billion people expected to develop high myopia, it also means a higher risk of other eye diseases such as macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma, which could cause blindness. In fact, the researchers predict that myopia will be the leading cause of vision loss by 2050.

There are interventions that opthamologists might recommend to patients to slow the progression of myopia, such as medicated drops and contact lenses and drugs that lower the pressure within the eye (high pressure can be a sign of glaucoma). But the researchers conclude that government, education, and healthcare systems have to work together to change the environmental factors that cause myopia in the first place. Well, researchers don't know about the Perfect Vision Vitara, yet.

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