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Old 10-09-2015, 04:51 PM
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I always buy contacts from a place where i always bought glasses/contacts. The last time i bought contacts from them was few months ago and they had no issue of ordering it and me not having to get another eye exam.

I also read that walgreen and online sites actually sell contact lenses and they cost less than getting them at the store. However, they require a prescription. Does anyone know how much it would cost to go to a place and just get the prescription so i could purchase the same contacts later on? The thing is i have very bad vision but over 2 years ago i was told by the eye doctor that even though my eyes continuously get worst every year they won't change my biomedics prescription as its already very high.

Can someone explain how this process works so i could order contacts online and have it shipped to me? I could of course go back to the same glasses/contact store to do eye test and buy new contacts but i would want to have a prescription so say in a year or so when i run out, then i can order contacts myself but do it online.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:24 PM
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I don't totally understand the issue or why it's in the NY forum, but what I do is wait til I run out of contacts (almost) and then go to the eye exam place and get a prescription. Should be about $75 if I remember correctly, but you could just call around to a few place to ask.

If I think I'm going to get lucky and have the same prescription two years in a row, I mark my calendar when the one year will be up from when the prescription was written, and I order another year's worth of contacts, and just skip that year's appointment. So if my appointment is October 15, 2014, then on October 10, 2015 or thereabouts, I will place another order so I get two years worth of contacts from only one doctor's visit.

I do this more because I hate appointments vs not wanting to pay the $75. I actually don't think $75 is that much for this type of thing, and it's probably smarter to go every year to make sure you aren't developing a problem like cataracts or macular degeneration, etc.
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:14 PM
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Just go to the place and say you want a prescription only. They'll try to get you to buy contacts anyway, but you don't have to. Pay for the exam, get the script and there you go.
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