I’m all about saving money. In difficult economic times, it’s even more important to squeeze every penny out of your purchases. Sometimes that means selecting lower quality items. Not everything needs to last for centuries or provide professional quality results. If my preschooler wants to learn to paint, I’m not going to buy the same quality, costly materials my college art major might need.
Where your eyes are concerned, however, you can’t afford to cut corners on quality. But you can still get a great price on quality eyeglasses — by cutting out the middleman.
For years now, we’ve been ordering our contact lenses and glasses online, straight from the manufacturer. It has saved us substantial amounts of money, given that we have two eyeglass wearers, two contact wearers, and one middle-aged, soon-to-be-getting-glasses-under-duress-because-she-can’t-read-anything-up-close family member who shall remain nameless. All those purchases can really add up — and so can the savings if you order direct.
The process is simple:
- Schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist
- Have a thorough checkup
- Get a copy of your prescription
- Select the cheap eyeglasses you prefer
- Enter you prescription information
- Enter your eye doctor contact information
- Complete the purchase
Glasses manufacturers, such as Zenni Optical, will then confirm your prescription with your doctor and fill the order.
Next time you are looking for eyeglasses or contacts, check the online sources available to you. You may be surprised at how much you can save on your purchases. And if you have a medical reimbursement plan in place, remember that any out-of-pocket expenses (charge or co-pay for doctor visits, filling prescriptions, etc.) can usually be submitted for reimbursement with pre-tax dollars. That will save you even more.