How to get glasses or contacts without a recent prescription

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We strongly recommend checkups with your eye doctor and regular updating of your prescription, but sometimes life gets in the way. You could break or lose your glasses just a few weeks after your old prescription expires, or you might just want spare glasses or contacts. ButTo get new glasses or contact lenses, you usually need an up-to-date prescription—there are ways around this in a pinch, though.

Order contacts from abroad

This tip comes from Reddit, although you should know up front that the subreddit’s moderators deleted the original post a few hours after it was posted. (Again, you really should use a recent prescription where possible.) According to the now-silent Redditor, you can order UK contact lenses from an address in the US without any proof of a prescription. is not required.

Many reviewers have recommended the site others pointed out that even American brands, like 1-800 contacts, will usually fill orders, even if they complain that your prescription is out of date. An editor in chief Explain“They check [with your eye doctor] but if they don’t respond fast enough, they process the order. Requests for contact lens verification are common in most offices I have worked in.

Use an online retailer

Online eyewear retailers, such as Zenimay ask you to manually enter your prescription, but they usually don’t do much beyond that. Just enter one. Knowing what to enter in the first placehowever, this could be tricky: Some eye doctors won’t just hand over your prescription if you call; they sense you’re about to make a purchase somewhere else, and they don’t like it. Still, it’s your prescription and you’re entitled to it, so push for it.

It’s a good idea to ask for a copy of your prescription each time you have your eyes checked and receive new glasses or contact lenses from your regular optometrist. If you don’t have a copy and they refuse to give you the detailsa little white lie might make them bend more easily :Syeah you create a personal medical record for yourself and just want everything up to date.

Backtalk a bit

It worked for me last year: an online retailer wouldn’t accept my glasses order without proof of my prescription. I had already used my allowance for glasses from my insurer for the year, but I wanted another one pair I had seen online. I listed in my usual prescription, but they wanted more confirmation. I didn’t have the time (nor the insurance allowance) to go get checked out and use a bunch of official channels, so I just said no. It took about four emails, but eventually, without warning, I received notice that my order had been shipped.

It worked because retail businesses want to make money. Like the Redditor above said, if they don’t get confirmation in time, they’re probably not going to waste the opportunity to get your money because it’s not their job to make sure that you are doing well. choices. It’s their job to take your payment.

Luz W. German