Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
My first thought when they fell to the floor and snapped in half like they were made of toothpicks was “Shit my mom’s gonna be pissed…”
Then I remembered that I’m an adult now with my own insurance. Insurance that only covers glasses OR contacts every year.
So, I guess technically, the smart thing to do would be to get new glasses (They do frames every two and lenses every one, I am assuming that I can get frames AND lenses at the same time, and then next year I would only be able to get new lenses, etc…) and then wait until next year to make the jump to contacts. Then I have good glasses as backup.
But… I really don’t WANT to wait a whole year for contacts, since this kind of forces the issue, I sort of want to get them (and maybe semi-repair my glasses with super glue and maybe some tape? So lame, but…)
A few of the ladies in the office said that to pay out of pocket for contacts is more expensive than glasses, since even if insurance only COVERS one, we still get a discount on the other, so that also leans me towards contacts… thoughts? Advice?
Post # 3
@Sunnyday278: Sorry, I voted more wine lol. But my real vote is for contacts! Out of pocket, you could get a nice pair of glasses for probably around $100, if you feel comfortable with that. Not sure what contacts would be without insurance though, but I’m assuming more.
Post # 4
Why not try to fix the glasses as best you can first? No point committing to contacts if your MacGyver repair job can’t hold up or looks terrible. So try it out first to see if you can live with repairing them yourself.
Then go get a quote on new glasses and a quote on new contacts. Get the more expensive one through insurance and pay out of pocket for the other one.
And if you can’t swing it out of pocket and your repair doesn’t hold up, you know what your option is.
That’s what I’d do, anyway. 🙂
Post # 5
@Sunnyday278: There are many options for getting glasses for under $200 online. So I’d suggest doing something like what my fiance did: use insurance for your year of contacts & then go online and find a great pair of glasses!
Some places I’ve used for glasses:
glassesusa.com which has specials quite often & reasonable rates. You can upload a photo of yourself and if you have your pupil distance, it will correctly scale the glasses to your face and you can preview them all to get a good idea of how they fit.
warbyparker.com which has a more hipster vibe, but most pairs are under $100. Also they send you pairs to try on so that you’re not deciding over the interwebs.
zennioptical.com some of my friends swear by them
Post # 6
If you need glasses enough to need to wear them all the time, you will still need them if you get contacts. I’d at least get the exam for both and then you can decide. Howver, contacts can run fairly cheap (30 bucks or less per 6 month supply box depending on brand) whereas glasses seem (at least for me) to cost a fortune. So if it was me I’d replace the glasses and buy the contacts out of pocket.
Post # 7
Getting contacts out of pocket are probably going to end up being cheaper than buying glasses out of pocket. Have your insurance pay for the glasses and then go to a place like America’s Best or something to get your contacts. I don’t have vision insurance because my employer doesn’t offer it so this is what I do.
Post # 8
If you’re getting contacts, you still really do need to get glasses. If you should end up with bad allergies or an eye infection, you shouldn’t put lenses in your eyes because it will only make it worse and could cause permanent damage to the cornea.
Post # 9
My insurance covers new frames every 2 years, and new lenses every year. But I have a pair of glasses thats 2 years old, and my prescription hasn’t changed.
PERSONALLY, I prefer contacts. My insurance gives me, like, $100 allowance towards contacts, and this doesn’t nearly cover the cost! But I use my health FSA to cover the cost of my contacts and other medical expenses, so that works.
However, I recommend daily contacts. There’s less chance of eye infection and irritation than with bi-weekly contacts. I also notice it’s easier to read my computer screen with dailies, rather than bi-weekly’s. Mine are $55/box, and they last for 90 days. That’s 8 boxes/year, so I pay about $340 out of pocket. But it’s worth it to me! 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Sunnyday278: Use your insurance on contacts and buy glasses from coastal.com where you get your first pair free. I have bought a few pairs of glasses from them and I’ve been happy with all of them.
Post # 11
Contacts and an inexpensive pair of glasses. At MyEyeDr (chain), they have a whole wall of them that are $60/pair. You might also try Wal-Mart if you wear a very basic style.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
@MsJ2theZ: I only need them for seeing far away, which is mostly driving (although I do enough of it!!!) and watching tv, movies, or if I was at a conference or something.
@alt_bride: yeah my first MacGuyver attempt failed HORRIBLY lol. I didn’t do a very good job, then again it was only with scotch tape haha.
@nadnuk: thanks for these links!
I will probably schedule my eye exam and then try to get some quotes or ideas from the eye doctor…. more than likely, whichever is cheaper to pay out of pocket for, I will go with that!
Post # 13
I just recently started wearing contacts and I LOVE THEM!! Now is your chance to try contacts, and they are not really that expensive out of pocket. A few hundred bucks.
Post # 14
@Sunnyday278: If you’re only getting one you should get glasses. If you have contacts, you still need a pair of glasses as back up in case you get an infection or something.
Post # 15
@Sunnyday278: Oh then you might be able to make it without glasses for the most part. I mean I am EXTREMELY near sighted, and I rarely wear my glasses, always contacts.
After your exam, your Dr should give you a pair of contacts to try out, if they aren’t comfortable, go back and ask for a diffrerent type to try, depending on how many it takes to get the right fit, that will give you minimum, one month time to figure out what you want to do. I’d still say, cheapest out of pocket is contacts.
Also if you have a Costco I’d go there at least for the contacts. I don’t know how their prices compare on glasses, but I”ve been paying 150 bucks for a 6 month supply from an optometrist (I don’t see him for my vision exams just get my contacts from him) and costco sells the same ones for 60!!! AH!
Post # 16
I would go with contacts, especially if you don’t really need to wear them! (Only for driving/seeing long-distance)