Cheap Contacts | How to Save MONEY on Contact Lenses (3-Tips) | Doctor Eye Health


so finding cheap contacts can be really
difficult without sacrificing quality or putting your eyes at risk well in this
video I’m gonna be sharing three insider secrets on how you can save money when
buying contacts without sacrificing quality of your contact lens let’s take
a look hello and welcome i am dr. joe allen
here from the doctor eye health show helping you learn about the eyes vision
and finding the best vision product so if you new here to the channel make sure
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don’t miss any of my future videos also if you’re new to contact lenses this
video is part of a complete video series helping out beginners in contact lenses
if you’d like to check out that series I’ll hook that up in a link in the
description below so recently I fit a patient with a contact lens and about a
week later he actually called back asking to be refit with a different
brand of lenses cuz he could get them much cheaper and honestly I refused the
lens that he wanted was not only a very old lens technology but wasn’t correct
for his eye shape his power or his wear schedule and I get it we all want to
save money where we can but sacrificing your eye health and potentially revision
is just not something I think people want to do it’s kind of like asking you
a cardiologist to implant an outdated pacemaker it’s just not worth it but if
you’re looking to save money and still get a high quality contact lens here’s
three tips that’ll help you out the first tip is to buy in bulk just
like most other things on the market if you purchase in bulk usually the price
will drop most contact lens retailers will offer a huge discount when buying
at least six months supplies but you’ll get even a bigger discount if you
purchase a full year supply now I notice that people like to buy things online
for the convenience however keep in mind that some opticals and eye clinics
actually have access to manufacturer rebates these manufacturer rebates
depending on what lens you’re wearing could save you up to $200 off when
buying a year supply hit that like button for me if you like saving money
and pretty much every contact lens brand will have some type of a rebate
available in fact some eye clinics and opticals may even have bigger rebates
available than some of the others now for the second tip you want to listen up
because I’ve actually heard that less than 5% of all contact lens wearers
actually use this Ben and that is to utilize the point system
if you happen to be aware of a Bausch and Lomb product such as the Bausch and Lomb
ultra, the ultra lens for astigmatism or a biotrue one day lens where then you
can actually submit the actual purchase of those lenses to the boshin loans
website they actually have a rewards program will you actually earn points by
purchasing their products when you earn these points you can then use that to
get gift cards special other bonuses and prizes you can even donate them to
charity you can even receive tokens that you can
use for online games to again win more prizes and these things can add up I
think it’s pretty awesome I mean who doesn’t like playing games and winning
gift cards I don’t think every brand offers this but again just about all of
them offer some sort of rewards or discount program
now tip number three is to consider signing up for some type of a vision
benefit plan or vision discount plan these are usually available through your
employer but sometimes they are also available on the open market and it does
depend on what type of coverage that you sign up for but I have seen these plans
cover things like your contact lens fitting fees as well as contributing
toward the purchase of lenses it’s not uncommon to see a carrier offer up to
like a hundred and twenty dollars us toward contact lenses and then if you
use tip number one from before using a rebate you can save even more that adds
up pretty quickly and I can’t guarantee this would happen for you but I have
actually seen people make money when purchasing contacts because they were
able to use their vision benefit plan then get a rebate for it and they
actually came out ahead when does the last time you ever purchased a product
then you got a rebate in the mail and actually made money I’m not sure how the
math works on that but it’s still pretty awesome now I know a lot of people try
to save money with their contacts by either stretching out or over wearing
their lenses but that is not a good idea by over wearing lenses you’re actually
putting in your eyes at a greater risk of complications or infections and the
cost for doctors fees medications or a corneal transplant is way more expensive
than any contact lens on the market remember that you only get two eyes so
please take care of them so I health question of the day which one of these
tips was your favorite and have you ever made money when purchasing contacts go
ahead and connect in the comment section below
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51 Responses

  1. Doctor Eye Health

    October 4, 2019 9:59 pm

    Eye Health QOTD: Which one of these tips was your favorite? Do you have any money saving tips for contacts of your own? Have you ever made money with contacts???

  2. Mark

    October 4, 2019 10:25 pm

    Got accepted into three optometry schools so far and have one final interview at Indiana University. Glad I found your channel recently and am becoming far more informed!

  3. vanessa

    October 4, 2019 10:31 pm

    How to save money on contacts lenses!? Become an optometry student! Hahaha I'm in school right now & we get a free year-supply of contacts every year 🙂 Of course there are many other fee's that come along with program – either way great video!

  4. Gerald L

    October 4, 2019 10:56 pm

    I love the Alcon DT1's multifocal but are far too expensive for my budget. I wear Alcon Air Optix w/hydraglyde monthlies when working or playing sports.However my most expensive lenses are custom multifocal rgp's which i wear as my daily lens. Multifocal options are the most expensive lenses. But buying a year supply of the Air Optix does offer a rebate so i saved there. My custom multifocal rgp's by far are the most expensive lenses i wear and they also cannot be ordered online,whereas shperical rgp's can.

  5. Johannes Brahms

    October 4, 2019 11:18 pm

    I hope you explained to that patient who wanted a different, cheaper lens the reason for you refusing to accommodate him. I had been wearing 70's technology for many decades until recently with no complications. I would have been pissed if a doctor forced me to stop wearing my soflens 38 lenses when they were perfectly fine for me at a relatively cheap cost. Now I pay four times what my old lenses cost just to have the luxury of throwing them away every day.

  6. Vietzerker

    October 5, 2019 3:26 am

    Bet you anything that the first patient wanted to switch their prescription in order to purchase hubble contact lens. yuckkkkkk!

  7. Better With Improv

    October 5, 2019 4:22 am

    Good Stuff. I understand eye shape and wear schedule but what does his "power" actually mean?

  8. Chaztel Bonifacio

    October 5, 2019 5:22 am

    I've been to the optometrist 5x (3 different people and through different establishments, too) in the last 2 years and none of them can get my right eye's prescription to where it isnt blurry. 🙁 What should my next step be?

  9. W Sun

    October 5, 2019 6:03 am

    Thanks for the tips. I always buy a year supply and do rebates. For the contacts I wear, buying online isn’t always cheaper because my clinic has higher rebates. I don’t have vision plan but now I’m interested to see whether I should sign up for it.

  10. Aaron Schuster

    October 5, 2019 7:07 am

    Walgreens pharmacy in my area almost continuously has 20 percent off contact coupons available.

  11. Akshay More

    October 5, 2019 7:53 am

    Hello, in daily contact lenses we get 30 pair of contact lenses so is there any thing like we should use it in 30 days from start or as per are need and convince? Please let me know.

  12. Ξοи

    October 5, 2019 3:03 pm

    as i said in a previous video, i be extremely bad vision, and the only contacts that i can wear are from a single company, and they’re like $100+ a pair, lol

  13. Otie Brown

    October 5, 2019 3:16 pm

    I do not want to save money.
    I want to go from 20/50, to 20/20.
    Refractive change of +0.75 Diopters.
    Is that possible, or impossible?

  14. Kat N Nerdvana

    October 5, 2019 10:24 pm

    All of your suggestions are good. They're just not practical/doable for everyone. I alternate between glasses and contacts, but prefer contacts. On my income, I cannot afford to save money the way you've described, by buying in bulk. Also, I live in a state where eye exams are required annually in order to purchase. I have developed Presbyopia and haven't needed correction my whole life. My prescription didn't change for 5yrs. Every one of those exams costs $150 each. $150 is a lot of money to me.

    So, I started ordering contacts from the UK for a few reasons VisiondirectUK sells the same brands sold here. Not in every variation though. For instance, they don't have those new color dailies you posted about recently. But, they sell the ones I've been prescribed. I can buy a single box, if that's all I can afford at the time, without having to upload my prescription. So far, the same prescription is working just fine. I'll make another eye appointment if my glasses/contacts feel off, or when I hit the 5yr mark since my last exam — whichever happens first. I'm not recommending people whose vision gets progressively worse between exams to do this. Just saying this is what works for me.

  15. V

    October 6, 2019 3:13 am

    What's your opinion on Scleral lenses? I'm a patient with around -13 myopia and -3 astigmatism on both eyes, though I never endured normal RGP lenses, they were unbearable to me, gave me a million headaches and VERY dry eyes.

  16. Dusty

    October 7, 2019 5:37 am

    I do have some questions (Not on topic with this video) if you might be able to answer them.

    I recently ordered some coloured Sclera contacts from the website "Pinky Paradise" as my friend is an avid cosplayer. I know you're probably a busy man but does the website look trustworthy and well-informed? Also would you possibly be able to make a video on Sclera contacts at some point before halloween (if possible, if not totes fine). Normally I would ask my eye doctor but he's booking 3 months in advance as I live in a small town >.<

    Also: I just found your channel and I adore you! Subscribed

  17. C Moore

    October 7, 2019 4:21 pm

    Been watching your videos while researching how my eyes work and how bad they are compared to perfect vision, gotta say you seem kinda biased against glasses and for contacts lol. I have both nearsightedness and astigmatisms in both eyes, you’ve helped me gather a more solid understanding of whats wrong with my eyes. However i cant seem to determine how bad my eyes are, in your opinion how bad is OD SPHERE -4.75 cylinder -.75
    Axis 171 / OS SPHERE -4.50 cylinder -.50 axis 052?

  18. Crossed Rifles

    October 8, 2019 12:53 am

    I’ve been wearing glasses for 25 years and I just got contacts. I have a bad astigmatism in my right eye. My eyes and my head hurt when wearing them. Is it because I just need to get used to wearing them? I also got a new pair of glasses along with the contacts and I don’t have that problem with my glasses on. I have the Acuvue Oasis contact lenses.

  19. Boylan’s Happily Ever After

    October 8, 2019 5:38 pm

    This is so true. I have tried some samples and end up with headaches. These were helpful. Thank you!

  20. Flavius Airinei

    October 9, 2019 12:13 pm

    Hi! Can i swich from PureVision2 to Biofinity Coopervision?
    I just don't like PureVision2. Outside they are really good, but inside, after an hour they feel bad in the eyes and it's kinda uncomfortable.

  21. Casey Rondeau

    October 9, 2019 4:00 pm

    New subscriber here; loving your videos! Can you make a video about all the different eye tests optometrists perform during an eye exam? I feel like every time I go I magically end up with the clearest prescription but have no idea what the optometrist did to get there.

  22. Cellomoji

    October 9, 2019 6:13 pm

    Super helpful tips! I didnt know about the points program. Do you think it's better to go to dailies versus having monthlies?

  23. Ken Checkeye

    October 30, 2019 5:27 pm

    So, where do you stand on generic medications? I agree 100 percent on getting the best, but then again, what’s the best? We compromise on cars we buy, tires, oil, food at stores, and so many others. If you can purchase Equate brand, 90-day supply of dailies for $50, why not? Aren’t they made by cooper-vision? Not sure the answer, but of you’re selling contacts, isn’t there always a possibility that you will favor that brand? Again, I’m not suggesting we get contacts from someone in a dark alley, but there is a balance. Something to consider.

  24. Ju5tix

    January 25, 2020 12:06 pm

    I know that you are talking about lenses but, do you have a video about how to clean my glasses? Im about to get my brand new glasses because i scratched the lens of glasses that i used, and i dont want to happen again because we both know they aren't cheap. By the way i like your videos 😀😁

  25. James Grant

    January 26, 2020 3:56 pm

    My insurance provides a $150 allowance towards contacts. That more than covers the annual cost of Biofinity lenses when I buy them from Costco. This time I had a $70 rebate for Biofinity Energys, but my doctor gave me a trial pair and told me to try them for a week before ordering. If I do that I will have to pay about $30 out of pocket for the annual supply and get a $70 rebate.

  26. Kevin Gonzalez

    March 1, 2020 5:21 am

    Great to know about the rebates. I recently got fitted for the bausch + lomb contact lenses and it doesn't feel as comfortable as I would have hoped. Is it possible to get fitted for another brand (air optix, coopervision) before purchasing any boxes? If so, do you think I will get charged another fitting fee?


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