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How to get contact lenses when your prescription is expired?

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My contact lens prescription has expired. I can still see just fine, my current contacts are comfortable, and I don't have a lot of extra cash right now, so I'd rather not pay $90 for an eye exam in addition to the not cheap contacts. Is there some business that you think will be willing to look the other way with respect to expiration issue and just sell me the contacts anyway?

I promise I'll go back to getting regular eye exams when I have more cash on hand.
asked Feb 12 in Health by smyadmin

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I'm sure there's some reason my eye doc says to wear them only for 4-6 weeks then crack open a new pair, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to toss a pair in the garbage that feels no different after 3 months of use than they did the day I opened them.

lease don't do this.

Basically -- a lot of scientists spent a great deal of time developing special plastics which let a good amount of oxygen through into the eye. Now the only problem is that the protein that floats around in your eyes starts to bind to the plastic of the contact lens, and, over time, less and less oxygen goes through the contact lens.

Since the cells of the eye require oxygen to live, the cells signal the body to start growing blood vessels. Unfortunately, blood vessels are not transparent, so if this gets way out of hand, you can go blind. (Corneal Neovascularization)

You only get one set of eyes, please don't ruin them over $60. If you really can't afford it, consider glasses.
answered Feb 12 by ksnake10
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Yep...Canada doesn't require a prescription for purchase of contacts. I guess they figure you're a big girl/boy and if you don't have the right prescription, that's tough for you. Which makes TONS of sense. Anyway, I found the best deal on my particular lenses here, and it looks like they'll ship to the U.S.
answered Feb 12 by nosila
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1-800-contacts asks for your doctor's name and phone number. Give it to them, you'll still get contacts no matter what. As long as your doc has your name and prescription on file, that's good enough.

I have been ordering from them for the past few years. The last exam I had was in 2007 and got contacts as recently as a few months ago.
answered Feb 12 by ijoyner
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As long as they are comfortable, just keep wearing them until you either can't stand to any more, or get the $$$. I've had my current prescription for 2 years now; I ordered a 6-month supply then ($5-60 total) and I've only gone through 5 of the 6 packs. The pair I'm wearing right now have been used daily since late December. On average I wear them 14 to 16 hours a day.

I wear mine until:
1. they're still burning my eyes after a few minutes of putting them in, and no amount of taking them back out and rinsing them helps.
or
2. I start getting some chronic eye fatigue, where I'm not remotely tired but my eyelids feel like they're sagging shut.

I'm sure there's some reason my eye doc says to wear them only for 4-6 weeks then crack open a new pair, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to toss a pair in the garbage that feels no different after 3 months of use than they did the day I opened them.
answered Feb 12 by ChrisLSU
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I had an experience similar to the one that ijoyner mentioned, although it was several years ago. What happens is that 1-800-Contacts will contact your optometrist to verify the prescription and if they don't hear back from him or her within a certain time frame (24 or 48 hours?), they'll just go ahead and fill the prescription. A lot of this probably depends on who your optometrist is and how they feel about it or how responsive they are to these sorts of requests.

Again, this may have changed but I've been able to get prescriptions at least a year or two after they officially expired. I finally had to get a new prescription when the optometrist mentioned to them that it had been too long. At that point, someone from 1-800-Contacts called me to apologize for the inconvenience of having to cancel my order. She even gave me a $20 coupon to use in the future. It might be worth a shot. The worst that happens is that they don't process the order
answered Feb 12 by dhammond

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