Friday, February 11, 2011

Frugal Optometry





I had been putting off going to the optometrist for months, mostly because of the bill at the end of the visit. I also knew I needed several new boxes of contacts and a pair of glasses since I lost my glasses about three years ago. 

David said I could go ahead and spend the money so I did some comparison shopping. Prices for a contact lens eye exam ranged from $70-150! America's Best Contacts is just down the road from us and had the lowest price. After researching various offices on the Better Business Bureau's website I decided to take a chance with America's Best. They got a "C" rating but it was better than the "F" rating a few other stores had received and they were the cheapest.

Overall, I was very pleased with my experience at America's Best. The doctor was kind and prompt as was the staff. My only concern was that he didn't dilate my eyes and when I asked at the end he said he still could but of course I said no because I hate having my eyes dilated. Since I don't have any eye diseases, I'm assuming he could still get a thorough exam without dilation.
Now here's the frugal part: The eye exam was $70 but for $100 you can join their "eye club" which gives you free exams and 10% off glasses and contacts for the next three years (including this exam). I was hesitant at first, since we will be moving after dental school, but they have locations all over the country. Four years of eye exams is $280, so I paid $100 for four eye exams! That's 64% off! Plus, they price match contacts so I can get my contacts cheaper than from 1-800-Contacts.

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Have a blessed weekend!

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