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Tips For Buying Quality Discount Contact Lenses Online

Aug 17, 2007
Among the many kinds of contact lenses you can buy are: novelty, colored, crazy, Halloween, special effects, theatrical, costume, scary, glow in the dark, wild eyes, mirrored, black, white, and red. Contact lens wearers are usually surprised and happy with the level of comfort that lenses provide. Now it's easy to order the perfect quality contact lenses online at a great discount.

The choice of which lens is right for you should be based only on an examination by your doctor or eye care professional, not over the phone. If you've always wanted to change your eye color, color contact lenses can provide baby blues, gorgeous greens, heavenly hazels -- even various patterns and designs.

Extended wear contact lenses are used for overnight or continuous wear ranging from one to six nights or up to 30 days. There are also a few rigid gas permeable lenses that are designed and approved for overnight wear. The length of continuous lens wear depends on the lens type and your doctor's evaluation of your tolerance for overnight wear.

Contact lenses are often more complex than they appear to be. If you plan to wear lenses for more than 18 hours for the purpose of eye color change, then buy colored soft lenses. People who have good distance vision but need help for reading can get a monovision reading lens for one eye.

Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow for oxygen to pass through to the cornea. There are several types of lenses including: soft contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, extended wear lenses and disposables. Although easier to handle and less likely to tear, rigid gas permeable lenses are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing the RGPs, compared to just a few days for soft contacts.

Rigid gas permeable lenses tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft lenses. Extra-thin soft lenses are on the market for very sensitive people.

Make sure you have a current, valid prescription when you order contact lenses. Always buy from a reputable company; you can buy contact lenses without a prescription, but the company is selling you a prescription device as if it were an over-the-counter device violating FTC regulations by selling you contact lenses without having your prescription. When you receive your order, if you think you've received an incorrect contact lens, check with your doctor or eye care professional right away; don't accept any substitution unless your eye care professional approves it.

When you place your order make sure your lenses are available and not out of stock, because you'll need them now. Check to see if you have a health insurance plan that includes vision coverage. You can buy contact lenses from an eye doctor, on the Internet, from an optical store or a warehouse club.

Always ask what rebates are available. Rebates may be available from the seller, from the manufacturer, for first-time contact lens wearers and for individuals who buy lenses and get an eye exam. Get a feel for how the retailer handles customer service calls; in case you have a problem after your order arrives.

Microorganisms may be present in distilled water, so always use commercial sterile saline solutions, if you plan to use enzyme tablets in water for disinfections. Under the binding down of a rigid contact lens during sleep, the flow of tears and oxygen to the cornea is reduced; lack of oxygen leaves the eye vulnerable to infection. Extended-wear rigid lenses can cause unexpected, undesirable, reshaping of the cornea.

To be sure your eyes remain healthy you shouldn't order lenses with a prescription that's expired or stock up on lenses right before the prescription is about to expire; it's much safer to be re-checked by your eye doctor. Be aware that extended-wear (overnight) contact lenses - rigid or soft - increase the risk of corneal ulcers, which are infection-caused eruptions on the cornea that can lead to blindness; symptoms include vision changes, eye redness, eye discomfort or pain, and excessive tearing. Always throw away disposable lenses after the recommended wearing period.

Make sure you've done your homework before you buy any pair of contact lenses. Remember to use only contact lenses that are FDA-approved and only if prescribed by a licensed eyecare professional. It's becoming easier and easier all the time to shop online and often the shipping is free.
About the Author
For more information on color contact lenses and where to buy discount contact lenses visit http://www.VisionNurse.com Helen Hecker R.N.'s popular website which offers tips, advice and resources, including information on LASIK eye surgery, sunglasses, eyeglasses and affordable quality contact lenses
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