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How to Save on Contact Lenses

The first consideration when thinking about how to save on contact lenses is the type. It is important to discuss with your doctor which lens type is best for your condition.

Many lens types are designed to last a specific period of time, such as two weeks or a month before replacement.

Since 2004, the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act has given the consumer many of the same benefits enjoyed by users of standard glasses. This act allows you to choose where to shop for your lenses. With some exceptions, you do not have to purchase your lenses from the same doctor who writes the prescription. The act gives you the right to take a copy of your own contact lens prescription and fill the prescription at the business of your choice, including online discount sites.

Read your prescription and understand it. Even if a prescription is for a specific brand of contact lens, many manufacturers sell identical lenses under multiple brand names. Ask your doctor when you receive your prescription if he or she knows of additional brands supplying an identical lens.

It pays to shop around. Compare prices between multiple sources, including:

On average, the wholesale clubs offer the lowest prices. If you don't have access to one of these, online sources average only slightly higher and are the most convenient to shop. Independent eye-care professionals and specialty chain stores generally have the highest prices.

Review your insurance coverage. The total cost of purchasing contact lenses includes the cost of the eye examination by a doctor who writes the prescription, as well as the cost of buying the contact lenses that the doctor prescribes. Most vision plans include a yearly exam and discounted prices on lenses.

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Contact Lenses In The News

Google sister company puts glucose-sensing contact lenses on hold

Alphabet's life sciences arm, Verily, is putting a hold on its work with glucose-sensing contact lenses, Chief Technical Officer Brian Otis said in a blog post Friday. Verily, part of Google parent co...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:16:00 GMT



Alphabet stops its project to create a glucose-measuring contact lens for diabetes patients

In a show of transparency, Verily posted a blog post on Friday explaining why it is hitting the pause button on its glucose-sensing contact lens. The project was first announced in 2014, back when Ver...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:35:00 GMT



Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

An ambitious project to make contact lenses that could track glucose levels for people with diabetes has been shelved, with Alphabet's Verily admitting the technology just wasn't up to scratch yet. Th...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:01:00 GMT



Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

The lenses haven't been able to reliably measure glucose in tears. In 2014, Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose level...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:01:00 GMT



After five years, Verily shelves project to create glucose-sensing contact lens

SAN FRANCISCO - Verily, the life sciences-focused Google offshoot, has shelved the ambitious project to develop a glucose-sensing contact lens that inspired its founding. In a blog post on Friday, Ver...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:02:00 GMT



Texas sues contact-lens retailer in Bexar court

The state has filed a lawsuit in San Antonio accusing an online retailer of breaking the law by selling contact lenses to consumers without prescriptions. It marks the second time in 17 months that Te...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:05:00 GMT



Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact lens designed to help monitor sugar ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:03:00 GMT



Verily pauses research on glucose-sensing contact lens

Verily, previously Google Life Sciences, is putting a hold on its program to build a contact lens that can monitor glucose in tears. First announced in 2014, the glucose lens has been one of Verily's ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:18:00 GMT




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