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How Much Do Transitions Lenses Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: Copays + 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $100-$400+
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Photochromic lenses, sometimes referred to as "transition lenses" after the well-known brand name, Transitions, are eyeglass lenses that can change from clear to dark, depending on the environment.

Typical costs:

  • For patients with health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of doctor visit copays and coinsurance of 10%-50% for the glasses. Photochromic lenses typically are covered, at least partially, by vision insurance.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, transition lenses typically add $100-$400 to the cost of prescription eyeglasses, which can cost up to $1,000, depending on the frames, lenses and any additional features chosen. While the average pair of prescription eyeglasses costs less than $200, a pair with photochromic lenses could cost $400-$650 or more. And pre-made, non-prescription safety glasses or sunglasses with photochromic lenses can cost as much as $200-$400.
  • For example, at, prescription photochromic lenses[1] cost about $100-$450 per pair, not including the frame, which could add several hundred dollars to the total cost. And at, it costs an additional $75-$95, on top of the cost of the glasses, to get Transitions[2] brand photochromic lenses.
  • At, light-adjusting safety glasses[3] cost about $40-$220. And at, photochromic sunglasses[4] , cost about $75-$400 per pair.
Related articles: Eyeglasses, Prescription Sunglasses, Eye Exam, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Photochromic lenses commonly are used by people who work or spend a lot of time outdoors, by people who wear glasses and don't want to get separate prescription sunglasses, and by people with sensitivity to light. They are available from a variety of manufacturers with several options for color (for example, brown or grey) and darkness of tint, and other features.
  • Like other types of eyeglass lenses, photochromic lenses can be placed in a frame of the patient's choice. Frame choices range from basic to designer.
  • offers a guide to photochromic lenses[5] .
Additional costs:
  • Eyeglass cases typically cost from about $5-$30.
  • Microfiber cloths and lens cleaner typically cost less than $10.
  • Some online retailers offer discounts. For example, has an offer[6] of $15 off any frame with the purchase of Transitions brand lenses.
Shopping for transitions lenses:
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides an ophthalmologist locator[7] , and it is recommended to verify board certification by contacting the American Board of Ophthalmology[8] . WebMD offers a guide[9] on how to choose an eye doctor.
  • Transition lenses typically would be purchased through an eye doctor or an optical shop. Online retailers, such as[10] and[11] also offer photochromic lenses.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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transitional lenses
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Vee Cacioppo in slidell, LA.Posted: July 3rd, 2015 03:07PM
Optometrist: walmart
Not dark at all, still have to wear sunglasses, didn't know they had different strengths till fter I purchased them
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