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Contact Lenses Money Saving Shopping Tips

Aug 17, 2007
All correcting contact lenses must have a valid prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Contact lens wearers are usually surprised and happy with the level of comfort that lenses provide. You'll want to take simple precautions to make any lens purchase safe and effective.

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. With a contact lens prescription in hand, it's possible to buy your contact lenses from stores, the Internet, over the phone, or by mail.

Soft lenses also come as disposable products, that is, used once and discarded, or as planned-replacement lenses. There are differences in the water content and shape of the lens between different brands. If you live an active lifestyle, NIGHT & DAY breathable lenses will allow you 30 hours of continuous wear.

Soft lenses have the added benefit in that soft lenses aren't as likely as rigid lenses to pop out or get foreign material like dust underneath. Contacts provide for excellent peripheral vision for sports, driving, safety, and performing. Newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels to provide more oxygen to your eyes.

Bifocal correction is possible with both soft and rigid lenses. You can mark rigid lenses to show which lens is for which eye; they don't rip or tear, so they're easy to handle. Rigid gas permeable lenses tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft lenses.

Disposable lenses don't come with instructions for cleaning and disinfecting, while those labeled specifically for planned replacement do. In some models, each lens corrects for near and distance vision and in others, one lens is for near vision, and the other is for distance.

When you place your order make sure your lenses are available and not out of stock, because you'll need them now. Get a feel for how the retailer handles customer service calls; in case you have a problem after your order arrives. There are many good contact lens retailers now on the Internet making their lenses available at a good discount for prescription and non-prescription lenses.

When you place your contact lens order, request the manufacturer's written patient information for your contact lenses; it'll give you important risk and benefit information as well as instructions for use. Ask about prices at your doctor's office when you have your eye examination, or during a follow-up visit after you get your prescription. If you have an insurance plan, the insurance plan's seller's prices may or may not be better than what you can find elsewhere; this should be just one option when you're shopping for lenses.

Check out how long the online supplier has been in business before you buy. Before you buy online, check to see if there are any testimonials at the online supplier's website. Check to see if you have a health insurance plan that includes vision coverage.
Getting a proper fit is essential; contact lenses that are poorly fitted can lead to eyesores, eye inflammation, and eye abrasions. 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. When the eyes are open, tears carry adequate oxygen to the cornea to keep it healthy, but during sleep, the eye produces fewer tears, causing the cornea to swell.

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. 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. Always throw away disposable lenses after the recommended wearing period.

If you're looking for cheap contact lenses, you may find that cheap materials or other ways of cutting costs will affect the quality you'll want for your precious eyes. No matter which lenses your doctor prescribes, be sure to ask for written instructions and follow them carefully. Shopping for contacts online will save you a lot of money; contact lenses are deeply discounted.
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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