Cost of No-Line Bifocals: What You Need to Know Before Investing

by , March 28, 2023

Cost of no-line bifocals

No-line bifocals are a type of lens for your eyeglasses that combine several types of vision support. As a specialty lens, the cost of these lenses can be higher than traditional lenses.

In this article, you will learn how much no-line bifocals can cost and whether the investment is worth it for you.

How much do no-line bifocals cost?

No-line bifocals can cost between $100 and $500 for the lenses alone. The frames you choose will add an additional cost.

Part of the reason for the higher cost of no-line bifocals is the fact that these lenses provide an extra level of vision correction beyond traditional lenses and require more work to be made.

Single-vision lenses offer one level of correction, such as improving poor distance vision (myopia) or sharpening your near vision (presbyopia).

Bifocals can correct two types of vision problems, with different parts of the lens targeting specific needs. With traditional bifocals, you can see a subtle line that separates the parts of the lens that correct nearsightedness versus farsightedness, but no-line bifocals take away this visible boundary.

Trifocals are another option that provides near, intermediate, and far vision correction. Progressive lenses also combine one or more levels of correction, but they are designed to correct vision gradually, without clear areas of the lens focused on different vision needs.

Factors that affect the cost of no-line bifocals

Bifocals as a whole cost more than traditional lenses because they combine more than one prescription for vision correction. No-line are usually a bit more expensive because they require more time in manufacturing in order to create the different prescriptions on the back of the lenses.

You may also have some variation in cost depending on what your lenses are made of—glass, versus plastic and other materials—and where you buy them.

At Overnight Glasses, no-line bifocals are priced between single vision and progressive lenses. Single-vision lenses are included in the price of your frame, while no-line bifocals add a cost of $80 per pair. In comparison, bifocals with a line at Overnight Glasses add a cost of $70 per pair, and progressive lenses add $99 to your total price.

Are there any extra costs?

There are extras that can increase the price of your no-line bifocals, too. Outside of the lens material itself, some of the things that can increase the cost of your no-line bifocals include things like:

  • Anti-reflective coating
  • Anti-scratch coatings
  • Ultraviolet light protection
  • Blue light blocking
  • Tinting

At Overnight Glasses, no-line bifocals will cost you $80 more than traditional lenses, but many add-ons are already included in the price.

What makes no-line bifocals more expensive than other kinds of glasses

No-line bifocals are considered a specialty lens because they combine multiple types of vision correction. They can be more expensive than traditional bifocals because of the added benefit of blurring the line between different areas of the lens.

The removal of the line doesn’t really do anything to impact your vision, but it can give your lenses a cleaner appearance and less image jumps.

You may consider no-line bifocals if you have to switch between wearing glasses for reading and another pair for seeing far away, but you don’t want the appearance of traditional bifocals.

Tips on buying no-line bifocals for saving money

When it comes to saving money on buying prescription glasses, it’s important to know what—if anything—your health insurance plan may cover. Most plans have limits on how often you can replace your glasses, as well as how much your plan will pay for frames and lenses. Sometimes insurance companies may also offer a percentage discount on what you spend above the covered limit.

Where you buy your glasses also matters. There are lots of options for prescription lenses, and it’s good to compare prices from a few places before making your decision.

Some things beyond price that may influence where you buy lenses from can include things like:

  • Timing
  • Convenience
  • Location
  • Lens quality
  • Warranty offered
  • Additional services available

A local retailer can offer you the option of trying on different frames and lens combinations, as well as personalized service. There are other companies that can save you money, though, and still provide a quality lens quickly.

At Overnight Glasses, each pair of glasses—whether they are single lens, bifocals, or progressives—include the following extras at no additional cost:

  • Free shipping
  • UV protection
  • Easy-clean coating
  • Premium anti-glare coating
  • Anti-smudge coating
  • Water repellent coating
  • Scratch resistant coating
  • Frame insurance

Now you are ready to invest in no-line bifocals

No-line bifocals are more expensive than single-vision lenses or even traditional bifocals, but they also give you the freedom of having more than one level of vision correction in a seamless lens.

Shop around for the best price with your benefit plan before you order lenses, and consider what extras are included in the total cost of your eyeglasses or replacement lenses.

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Rachael Zimlich, RN, BSN, has been writing for a variety of news and health publications for more than 20 years.... "Read More"