If you want to get low cost contact lenses and save money, then buying contact lenses is really like buying anything else if you think about it.
Don’t just look at the first price you find but shop around a bit. That’s the great thing about the Internet. It’s really easy to do some quick shopping for the best price on contact lenses. Here are some tips:
- Know exactly what you’re looking for. Know the manufacturer name and refer to your contact lens prescription. Know what the prescription means, too. You don’t want to get the settings wrong and end up with the wrong contact lenses because they might be difficult to return.
- Read reviews from other customers. Any good website will post both good and bad reviews. If it’s all good reviews, then it might be too good to be true. Some other websites might offer reviews of a certain lens retailer as well. Search around for reviews.
- Know the terms and conditions of sale. Find out what their return policy is in case there are problems. You might even want to test the retailer by asking them a pre-sales question over email. See how long it takes them to reply to you.
- Correctly enter your prescription. We already mentioned this but it’s worth mentioning again. Before you click the check out button, have someone else near by look at your prescription and what you entered. Have them confirm that it’s correct.
- Send in a copy of your prescription. After the sale, either scan or fax your prescription in to the retailer. Reference your order number so that they can confirm that you have placed your order correctly.
When you receive your order, look it over carefully. Check out the prescription written on the box before you open the box. Make sure it matches your contact lens prescription exactly. Call the retailer if you have any questions at all. Once you’re sure, open the box and open a set of lenses and try them out. Even if you plan to wear them later, make sure they work right and are not defective. If you wait too long and there is a defect, then you might not be able to get a refund later.
Other Ways to Save Money on Contact Lenses:
- Use your Health Saving Account (HSA) or Flex Plan to be able to use your tax-free earnings. This alone can save you 20-30% or whatever your income tax rate is because you’re not taxed on that money.
- If any retailers have e-newsletter lists, then sign up for them. They will let you know when they are having sale events.
- Your contact lens prescription is good for one year. If your vision doesn’t change much and you’re comfortable doing it, then try to order another set of lenses before that prescription expires. This will save you a trip to the eye doctor and save you money on doctor examination fees.
- Ask your friends who wear contact lenses where they got their lenses and how much they paid.
If you want discount contact lenses, then you can get them. It might take a little work but you’ll save money, so your time spent doing it is worth it!