Wearing contact lenses is not always a matter of preference. You may be extremely nearsighted or farsighted and achieve better vision correction with contact lenses than eyeglasses. Before you switch to eyeglasses due to the cost of contact lenses, try a few tactics to make your contact lenses more affordable.
Skip The Vision Coverage
Unless you have a serious eye condition or make frequent trips to the eye doctor, you might pay more for vision coverage than you would pay out of pocket. Vision coverage can also limit you to specific eye doctors and opticians that take your insurance. Before you consider dropping your vision coverage, shop around and determine if there are significant price differences between self-payment and your yearly cost for insurance.
Many eye doctors offer a discount to patients who are self-paying. If you are facing a serious financial struggle and dropping your vision coverage is necessary, make sure you look around for area medical schools with discounted services through their residency training programs. You can use the money you would normally pay for an eye exam to pay for your contact lenses.
Do Your Research Before You Go
Like most people, you probably stick with the brand and type of contact lenses your eye doctor suggests. Before your next exam for contact lenses, shop around to determine the best price. You may find based on the number of days you wear contacts and your specific eye needs, monthly disposables are more economical than two-week disposables.
Once you have settled on the type of lenses you are interested in, compare prices between brands. Make a list and talk with your doctor. Unless you have a certain prescription strength or eye problems that can only be corrected by a specific type of lens, there is no reason for you to stick with the suggested brand.
Give Your Contacts A Rest
When possible, switch to wearing glasses for a couple of days between opening a new pair of contact lenses. For example, if you wear two-week disposables, you might toss your old pair on a Friday night and opt to wear glasses over the weekend. If you do this every two weeks, those extra days can significantly add up. The typical yearly prescription for two-week disposable contact lenses is eight boxes. By routinely giving your eyes a small break from contact lenses, you could make your prescription last an extra month or two, without wearing a pair longer than prescribed.
Saving on the costs of a contact lens exam or contact lenses can make your vision correction more affordable and help you avoid unsafe practices, such as wearing your lenses longer than prescribed.
To learn more, contact a company like Glacier Eye Clinic.Share
5 August 2015
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