Contact Lenses Prescription Question

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by jboriii, Aug 15, 2005.

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    jboriii Guest

    Hi and thanks in advance for your help.

    I want to buy contact lenses online.

    My prescription is . BC: 8.6, D:14.2, PWR: -2.25.

    However, everytime I go to fill this out online, I am unable to get the
    exact prescription.

    eg on one site all I can get is(for the same type of lenses I'm using
    at the moment) : BC: 8.6, D:13.8, PWR: -2.25. As you can see I can't
    get 14.2 for the diameter.

    On another site , there is on an option for a base curve of 8.5 or 9.0.
    (Johnson & Johnson 1-Day Acuvue)

    I am new to contact lense so any info would be helpful.
    jboriii, Aug 15, 2005
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    jboriii Guest

    Thanks for that Mike,

    I went into a chain store called specsavers. They gave me one of their
    own brands called easyvision. They were also try to get me to buy J&J
    Acuvue one day lenses. I thought I'd take the cheap ones first and then
    buy the Acuvue ones online.(or similar).Trying to save money!

    So what you're saying is that I would have to get a special
    prescription for a brand like Acuvue or someother brand that I could
    buy online?

    I don't think places like specsaves should test your eyes and sell
    prescriptions. Its a conflict of interest.

    jboriii, Aug 16, 2005
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    AJ Guest


    I assume that if you are using SpecSavers, you are in the UK.

    Currently, UK optical practices (independants and multiple stores) do
    not cover their costs by charging for eye examinations. Historically,
    professional fees are build in to the cost of optical appliances and
    contact lenses. This is partly due to the eye examination fees received
    for carrying out NHS examinations.

    If optometrists were not able to sell prescription glasses and contact
    lenses, you would see a huge increase in appointment fees.

    The sale of contact lenses was de-regulated at the start of this month
    allowing non-optical stores to sell lenses. This may mean that in the
    future, you will be able buy your glasses and contact lenses at a lower
    price and higher professional fees are charged for consultations.

    I hope this helps explain the "conflict of interest".

    As for the brand of contact lenses, I would only advise that you change
    from you current prescription following a full assessment. If you then
    choose to purchase lenses over the internet, ensure that you have
    after-care appointments at the intervals recommended by your

    I hope this helps,

    AJ, Aug 16, 2005
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    Dan Abel Guest

    Most of our purchases, whether goods or services, involve this same
    conflict of interest. It's a matter of judgement as to when to separate
    these things. For instance, if you have a leaky faucet, it is a conflict
    of interest for the plumber to diagnose the problem and then fix it. They
    have a financial incentive to do more work than is necessary, replace more
    parts than need replacing, and use more expensive materials than are
    appropriate for what they are doing. You should hire an engineer to
    diagnose the problem, figure out how to fix it and then provide detailed
    written specifications as to what to do, what materials are needed and
    what quality materials are required. Then you go out to bid with several
    plumbers. After the low bidder has completed the job and left, then you
    discover that it still leaks. You call the plumber, who states that they
    did exactly what was in the specs and so they must have been flawed. You
    call the engineer, who states that the specs were fine and the plumber
    must not have followed them correctly. Now what do you do? Hire a third
    expert who comes in and determines who made the error?

    Exactly this same situation has been reported on this group several
    times. The poster has gotten their eyes examined in one place and
    purchased their glasses/contacts at another. Then they don't work
    correctly, so they post here asking what to do. If you have everything
    done at one shop, then you just take them back and they take care of the
    problem without worrying who pays for it.
    Dan Abel, Aug 16, 2005
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    The Real Bev Guest

    I'm finally mostly satisfied with the fit of the latest contacts -- they're
    better than anything so far and I doubt that I'll get anything better. I asked
    the optometrist if they matched on-line prices. The answer was yes, and "the
    girl" gave me a quote. I went home, went on line and found out that all the
    contacts-by-mail places charge the same, coincidentally the same as the quote.
    Costco's price was $20 less. Called the optometrist back, and they'll be
    happy to meet Costco's price. Much better than having two organizations
    pointing the fingers at one another.

    Please, dear lord, PLEASE let this work out right this time. I'm due for it!
    The Real Bev, Aug 17, 2005
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