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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

'Contact lenses and water don't mix': Woman's warning after swimming in contacts

The next time you're tempted to go swimming or take a shower while wearing contact lenses, Stacey Peoples wants you to remember her ordeal. The veteran educator in suburban Denver, Colorado, went blin...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:19:00 GMT



Ongoing Outbreak of Rare Eye Infection Found Among Contact Lens Wearers

LONDON - An ongoing outbreak of a rare eye infection has been discovered in contact lens wearers in the UK, a new study reveals. Researchers at University College London found that rates of ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:57:00 GMT



Dirty Contacts and Bad Hygiene Are Helping Spread an Amoeba That Can Blind You

People who wear contact lenses are often warned to properly clean their reusable contacts. A new study published Friday provides a sober reminder of why those warnings exist. Since 2011 ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:21:00 GMT



Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contact lens wearers everywhere need to be on the lookout for a rare, but potentially blinding, eye infection, British researchers warn. In southeast England ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:43:00 GMT



Outbreak of preventable eye infection in contact lens wearers

A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study led by UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital researchers.

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:21:00 GMT



I was embarrassed to admit I sleep in my contacts; why you should stop doing it too

Do you sleep in contact lenses Stop it! I admit, I rarely take mine out. The thought of fumbling with each lens and adding minutes to my morning routine each day stresses me out. (If we're really bei...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:08:00 GMT



Lack of hygiene among contact lens wearers may cause infection

London, Sep 22 (IANS) Owing to poor hygiene, contact lens wearers in the UK are more at risk of developing a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, researchers have warned. The t...

Published:  Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:12:00 GMT



What happens when you sleep in your contacts

We spoke to an eye surgeon to find out. Following is a transcript of the video. Irina Belinsky: Some contact lens brands say that it's okay to sleep in them, but as a general rule, it's really not. Co...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:17:00 GMT



There's an Outbreak of This Rare Eye Infection in UK Contact Wearers

Researchers have found a threefold increase in a rare eye infection in the UK that usually affects contact lens wearers-and it's possible it could have been prevented entirely. The infection, called A...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:26:00 GMT



A Rare Eye Infection Is Spreading Among Contact Lens Wearers in the U.K.

The U.K. is in the middle of an outbreak of a rare eye infection, according to a study by University College London published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Over the past seven years, cases ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:50:00 GMT




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