Now that you have gotten your prescription, you are trying to figure out the best place to buy your contact lenses. Even though you are confident about the safety and quality you will get buying from your eye care health professional, you wouldn’t mind saving some money either. The contacts may be just as good from a warehouse store or an online service and they are probably cheaper as well so why not get them there? Here are some considerations to help guide you through your contact lens purchase.
A prescription for eyeglasses is not the same as a prescription for contact lenses and try to keep that in mind. For glasses, you need to know how much and what type of correction each eye needs. Your contact lens prescription also has to have information about certain dimensions of your eye because contact lenses fit directly on your eye. In other words, you need to be fitted for contact lenses, and that part needs to be done by an eye care professional. It’s possible that you will buy at least your first lenses or an initial disposable pair.
After that, you are free to purchase anywhere that sells contacts, of which there are thousands. What next? Determine which factors are most important to you. Even if a low price is good, it’s not going to be convenient if the source from which you are buying your contact lenses rarely has your brand or prescription in stock. If vision coverage that helps you offset the cost of contact lenses is what your health insurance has, then will the provider bill your insurance directly, or do you have to pay up front and submit a claim yourself? Also, customer service is an important factor. This is not a toaster oven or CD you are buying. You will want to make sure that you can get a hold of someone now, and preferably someone who is knowledgeable enough to help if you have another question or problem or if your order is wrong.
Even which provider has the lowest price can vary depending on different factors. An example would be an online distributor having the best price for some brands but is not at all necessary. If your eye care professional offers services that give you discounts for either your eye exam or your contact lenses if you get both in his or her office, the overall cost may be less than getting the eye exam and contact lenses from separate sources.
If you consider these questions before choosing your contact lens provider, you are more likely to get the right lenses, when you need them, for the best price. And isn’t that all you wanted in the first place?
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