Tips to save money on eyewear for the family

Good eyesight is such an essential part of you and your family’s day-to-day life that you need to ensure that your vision is the best it can be. Sure, there are many folks who don’t need eyewear for a very long time, but whether poor vision catches up with you later in life or in your earlier years, you need to deal with it as soon as you can.

In the past, one of the prime reasons for putting off finding a solution for longer than might be desirable was the cost of eye examinations and eyewear. It can still be expensive, but nowadays it doesn’t have to be. The main thing is to do your research and look out for options that needn’t cost you a fortune.

Before looking at what you could do to reduce your eyewear costs, you might want to think about laser eye surgery that can correct your vision with specialist treatment and, for some people, can be part of a work or private insurance plan. This type of treatment, known as Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), removes the need for glasses or contact lenses, and if you live in the area, you can easily find your LASIK practice in Houston.

Cutting your costs

Firstly, you don’t have to buy your eyewear from an optometrist or eye doctor, though sometimes it can be less of a hassle than getting your prescription and seeking out another provider, even though you may be paying more.

Remember that when you have an eye exam, the Federal Trade Commission states: “Your eye care provider must give you a copy of your contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions — whether or not you ask for them.” Make sure you get the basics from your doctor such as your pupillary distance, and make sure the doctor gives you information in writing about what type of lenses are prescribed, their power, diameter, base curve and their manufacturer.

Armed with this information, you can now seek out a wide range of retailers that can frequently offer very reasonably priced eyewear. You can, of course, splash out and go for designer brands for your glasses, but bear in mind that some of the manufacturers who supply frames for the big, high-end brands will also make very good quality frames for labels that are considered less exotic.

Always be on the look out for discounts or offers where you can get two for one. You’ll need to do your research carefully to see if that type of offer – which could include a free eye exam – is a better deal than elsewhere, but as retailers are always looking to increase their customer base, you could find something that suits you and, where necessary, members of your family. Having more than one person with eyesight problems in a family can be expensive, which is why hunting down the best (but quality) bargains is always worthwhile.

Eyecare your way

Use the phone, use the internet and find those deals. You could easily save hundreds.

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  1. Adam Bockler says:

    Thanks for your tips about how to save money while buying contact lenses. I didn’t know that the FTC made it mandatory for your optometrist to give you your eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. I have an eye appointment in a week. Maybe I’ll have to shop around and see what prices I can find online for contact lenses.