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Can I buy contact lenses over the counter?

Can I buy contact lenses over the counter?

No, you cannot legally buy contact lenses in the United States without a current, valid prescription. Here’s why: The FDA (responsible for the safety of our food and drugs) categorizes contact lenses as prescription medical devices, not to be sold over-the-counter without a prescription.

How do I choose contact lenses for my eyes?

Choosing the right contact lenses is a decision you should make with your eye doctor. The right choice depends on many factors, including your refractive error, how much contact lens wear your eyes can tolerate, your expectations and how willing you are to properly care for your lenses.

Does CVS pharmacy sell contact lenses?

Contact Lens Manufacturers CVS offers a wide variety of brands including ACUVUE, Air Optix, Biofinity, and many others. Before you choose the right pair of lenses for you, read on to learn more about contact lenses.

Can you get contacts for eyesight?

Articles On Contact Lenses For people with vision problems, contacts remain an effective, almost invisible tool. The thin plastic lenses fit over your cornea — the clear, front part of your eye — to correct vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Do contacts really expire?

Over time, the seal of contact lenses can lose their effectiveness and deteriorate, which can lead to contamination of the solution and the lenses inside. For that reason, all packaged contact lenses will have a printed expiration date. Usually, the expiration date is ~4 years from the date of packaging.

How much do contacts usually cost?

Contact lenses can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500 a year, depending on the brand, type, and your insurance coverage. Generally, they cost between $20 and $30 a box. Most people with average prescriptions should be able to get a year’s worth of contact lenses for $200 to $500.

Do contact lenses hurt?

Contacts may feel a little uncomfortable as your eyes adjust, particularly when you first get them, but they should never hurt. This feeling of discomfort should go away relatively quickly — typically within a few hours as your eyes become acclimated.

Can you sleep with contacts in?

It is not safe to sleep while wearing contacts, even if you are just taking a nap. The occasional or accidental nap in your contacts can increase your risk of an infection. If you think there is a chance you could fall asleep, it is safest to remove your contact lenses first.

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How do you buy contact lenses?

How to buy contact lenses online

  1. Get an eye exam.
  2. Check your contact lens prescription.
  3. Be aware contacts and glasses prescriptions are different.
  4. Stick to the prescribed brand.
  5. Shop around.
  6. Ensure you always have contacts and lens care supplies.
  7. Check out the seller’s reputation.
  8. Beware of online eye exams.

Do contacts hurt?

Are glasses or contacts better?

Eyeglasses offer many benefits over contact lenses. They require very little cleaning and maintenance, you don’t need to touch your eyes to wear them (decreasing your risk for eye infections), and glasses are cheaper than contact lenses in the long run since they don’t need to be replaced as often.