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Old 11-08-04, 04:50 PM
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Buying contact lenses

so my insurance gives me $130 for contact lenses total. I have to pay for the eye exam, fitting fee, and the contacts out of that money.

Well I have my prescription from last time off the boxes and my vision hasn't changed enough for me to even notice so I was thinking of just ordering them on my own and paying for them with the $130.

I found: http://www.lensprice.com/ and they have sites with lenses for really cheap. Anyone know if sites off there are reputable? Also, anyone know if my prescription from last time will work? (its from 2002)
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ask your optometrist

my wife found a new one recently and she is better than the one she used to go to. She gave her good advice about proper cleaning and which lenses to get.
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there is only one in my area that is covered by my insurance. they said the fitting fee would be $35-55 and 120/box of lenses (whereas the websites have them for $40/box). Plus I already know what size my eyes are because of the lenses i use now.
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(800) Contacts usually has good rebate deals.
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I go to my optometrist and have them price match Wal-mart for the contacts $17 a box.
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Don't you need some specific information beyond just your -/+ numbers to order online?

I seem to remember some curve number...
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I've used the a-1-a place (http://www.1-a-1-bargain-contacts.com) that shows up there a couple of times for the wife. They are ok, and were the cheapest for her brand of contacts.

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Oh, and for the prescription part, the place I bought from, you have to fax over a current script (within 12 months I think) or give a number for the Dr they can call to verify. Photoshop seemed to think the script from 2002 was still good when I ordered a few months ago...

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I've used 800 Contacts and that worked out good for me.
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I use lens.com. I don't think they check the prescription info, cuz I've lied before when my prescription was two years old and they still filled it for me...

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Originally posted by Draven
Don't you need some specific information beyond just your -/+ numbers to order online?

I seem to remember some curve number...
yeah, all that info is on my old box
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Is there a "standard" price to pay for most monthly disposable contacts? I pay $120 for a 6 month supply. Does that sound high/low?
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Originally posted by Joem
Is there a "standard" price to pay for most monthly disposable contacts? I pay $120 for a 6 month supply. Does that sound high/low?
I'm new to the contact game, but I got 2 week disposables for ~$30 for 2 boxes (3 month supply, so $60 for 6) from the doctors shop, sure can find cheaper somewhere else. Guess the longer wearing ones are more expensive, but go to one of the discount sites to see what it is for your particular type.
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Originally posted by Joem
Is there a "standard" price to pay for most monthly disposable contacts? I pay $120 for a 6 month supply. Does that sound high/low?
that is what my doctor charges. but the exact same brand is listed for 1/3 that price on the site i listed above
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I need to get some new lenses as well, but my scrip is old so I have to go through the hassle of an exam.

Luckily for me, my prescription is the exact same in both eyes. So, I was getting by cheaply. I'd buy one box of lenses(6 lenses = 3 pair) and they last me about a year. They are disposables but I clean them daily and they last.
A friend knew an eye doc who said the disposables are the same thing as the regular soft contacts. I just wear mine until I can feel they need to be disposed of or they tear.
It saves me money and works out for me.

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