Free Contact Lenses!
If you were thinking about ditching your eyeglasses and maybe switching to wearing contact lenses, we have good news for you. You are able to receive free contact lenses which you can use to find out if they work out well for you. This article will explain the process and some things to watch out for in getting them and using them.
Why Are They Free?
Well, you know how sometimes you go to the store and you can get free samples of food to try? It’s basically the same way with contact lenses. You can easily get yourself a pair of trial contacts (sample contact lenses) so that you can find out if you like them or not. The process is simple – we will explain it. Why lens manufacturers have these offers is because they found that the best way for you to see if their brand is one that you like is to give you a pair for no cost.
When you get the samples, make sure that you don’t give up on them too early though. They can be a little tough to get in and out at first but you will get used to it after a week or so. Give yourself some time to get used to wearing them before you give up. Also, don’t throw away your glasses because you will want to use them at night or when you don’t feel like wearing contacts – you will now have that option if you want, which is nice.
How Do You Get Free Contacts?
Again, the process is simple. First, go to the websites of companies that make contact lenses. There, you will find offers for free trial lenses. Fill out the form and then they will give you some instructions. Usually, you will get a form to download or something to print out. Do that and then go to another lens manufacturer and do the same thing. You will be able to get free sample contacts from each lens manufacturer out there, so do that.
Next, the instructions usually say that you will need to make an appointment with a local eye doctor. This is for a few reasons. First, they need to give you an eye exam so that they can give you the correct prescription. Second, it’s the law in the USA, Canada, the UK and other places that in order to get contact lenses of any kind (even colored lenses, cosmetic lenses or Halloween contact lenses), you need a prescription. This is true even if you’re not getting or need any vision correction.
You will have to pay for the eye exam – it’s not free, unfortunately. If a contact lens company would offer to give people free eye exams, I think they would do very well and get a lot more customers but they’re just not doing that yet. If you go to a department store that has an Optical department, there you will get the cheapest rate on the exam. They have less costs and still hire experienced optometrists. It’s a good deal. Places like Target, Sears, JC Penny and Wal-Mart do have Optical departments (most do). You might pay something like $80-100 for the exam. The prescription you get is good for a year.
When you are at the exam, present all the free contact lens coupons that you downloaded. The eye doctor can then order the lenses for you after the exam.
The exam is pretty easy. You will have to read some letters on the wall. The exam is a little strange because they usually have to turn off the lights in the room but it’s not too weird. Just answer the doctor honestly. If they ask you if something looks better or worse and you don’t know, then just say so. When looking at the letters on the wall, you can try to guess at some but just let them know that you are guessing and cannot see them too well. When do you this, you will end up with the best prescription for your eyes.
Also remember to get an updated eyeglasses prescription while you are there – just in case that needs to be updated. It makes sense to have your contact lens and glasses prescriptions match up. Also, you cannot do any kind of conversion with a glasses prescription to find out what a prescription for contact lenses would be. That kind of thing doesn’t exist and we get asked that quite a bit here.
Get Your Free Contacts
You will either get your free contacts in the mail shortly or if the doctor has your prescription in stock, they may dispense them there. Just use one pair at a time and only for 30 days at the most. After that, throw them out. There will be too much build up on them at that point. Also, remember to get a contact lens storage case and some contact lens cleaning solution.
It’s also a good idea to stop back in at your eye doctor’s office once you get your trial contacts. They can show you how to put them in and take them out. It really helps to learn the correct way of doing it so that you don’t end up taking 20 minutes to get them in each morning. Like we said, it will get easier and easier.
See Which Brands You Like
Another good idea is to keep a quick and simple log of what you think of each brand. Take some notes so that when you get done with the last brand that you’re trying, you remember what the first brand was like.