How much do progressive lenses cost in Alberta (2024)?
Progressive Eyeglass Packages (Frame + Lenses) Typically Begin at ~$300-350 in Alberta (circa, 2024)Progressive eyeglass lenses have a higher price point than single vision prescription lenses and traditional lined bifocal/trifocal lenses because of their no line multifocal design. Unlike single vision glasses that offer clear vision at a single focal length, and bifocal/trifocal lenses that offer clear vision at 2 and 3 distinct focal lengths, respectively, progressive lenses have the ability to provide clear vision at almost every focal length.
Further factoring into their price is the need for progressive lenses to be surfaced and customized specifically to the individual to provide clear, crisp vision at all focal distances. Like all custom tailored products (i.e., suits, wedding dresses, etc.), this requires numerous precision measurements. These include near and distance pupillary distances, optical centres, heights, vertex, pantoscopic tilt, frame wrap angle, and more. Prescription eyeglass packages (frame + lenses) with progressive lenses typically begin at $300-350 in Alberta (circa 2024).
Progressive Lenses Cost FactorsNumerous additional elements factor into the price of progressive lenses:
- Traditional vs. Digit Freeform Technology;
- Lens Refractive Index;
- Lifestyle Customizations
- Included Lens Coatings;
- Professional Measurents & Fitting; and
- Inclusion of Advanced Features like Binocular Harmonization
You wouldn't expect a pair of pants pulled from a lost & found box to fit like a glove. Therefore, you shouldn't expect the clearest vision and widest field of view from eyeglasses that are not fully fit and measured to you.
What Is The Average Cost of Progressive Glasses in Alberta (2024)?First, it's important to note that, in general, eyeglasses are comprised of two main components: 1. Lenses; and 2. Frame - each can factor significantly into the overall price of eyeglasses. Second, average is just a number and it would extremely rare to be an individual that aligns to the statistical average in terms of prescription and lifestyle needs and all of the lens features (lens design, lens index, lens coatings, etc.) that need to be adjusted to serve them. Accordingly, it is extremely difficult to establish an average when a multitude of variables must be considered. With that being said, in an attempt to establish a benchmark, for mid-tier modern digital freeform progressive lenses (as opposed to less costly traditional progressive lenses) with mid-performance lens coatings, manufacturer's warranty, etc. the average cost would be approximately $550-650 per pair plus the cost of a frame. Please note that being the average cost, numerous progressive lens options are available at price points both below and above that figure.
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Multifocal / Progressive Lens Comparison
2 Prescriptions (Lined)
If you require glasses for both distance vision and reading, then traditional bifocal lenses may be an option for you as they are designed to incorporate two different prescriptions, usually distance (e.g., driving) and up-close (e.g., reading) vision. Several types of bifocal lenses are available.More About Bifocal Lenses
Traditional Progressive Lenses
Traditional progressive lenses offer multiple focal zones and are the most economical progressive option. However, they are characterized by a narrow corridor, or field of vision, making adapton to them a challenge for many individuals.More About Progressive Lenses
Digital Freeform Progressive Lenses
3+ Prescriptions & Wide Field Of View
Digital freeform progressive lenses offer multiple focal zones and offer wider corridor, or field of vision, compared to traditional progressive lenses. The wider corridor enables greater lateral natural eye movement and makes adapting to progressive lenses easy.More About Progressive Lenses
Digital Freeform Lifestyle Lenses
Lifestyle-Tailored Progressive Lenses
Want progressive eye glass lenses with more viewing area devoted to your favourite activites? Digital Freeform Lifestyle Lenses offer the ability to devote more of the lens to distance (e.g., driving), intermediate (e.g., computer), or near (e.g., reading) activites.More About Lifestyle Lenses
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Clear Vision At All Distances: Progressive lenses provide clear, crisp vision at all focal distances - not just 2 or 3 distinct viewing distances.
- Eliminates Image Shift/Jump: Progressive lenses eliminate the frustrating image shift/jump experienced with bifocals and trifocals. Image shift/jump is when the clarity and apparent position objects abruptly change as the eyes pass across the visible lines in these traditional lenses.
- Ageless Appearance: Because progressive lenses have no visible bifocal lines, they offer a more youthful appearance than traditional bifocals or trifocals. The absence of visual age indicators in progressive lenses helps maintain the philosophy that age is just number.
- Advanced Personalization: Modern digital freeform progressive lenses can be customized to an individual's unique lifestyle preferences.