Contact Lenses Online
- Is my prescription valid?
To buy contact lenses online you need
a prescription and it has to be valid, but how do you tell if
you have a valid prescription or not? Your prescription can be found on
the box on your contact lenses. This is law that your lens prescription
must be there and you use it to place your order online. Your
prescription is valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date your eye
care doctor gives you the prescription. In some states it's 2 years.
There's a specific prescription for contact
lenses, a prescription for eye glasses is not valid. There's additional
information on a contact lens prescription that is not contained in one
for eye glasses. This is the size of your eyes which have to be
measured for contact lenses so the brand can be fit to your specific
eye both left and right. These can be seen on the prescription where OS
is the left eye and OD is the right. Any prescriptions that contains OU
will mean that the prescription is the same for both eyes.
Even if you don't have your prescription
with you, you can still order contact lenses online. As long
as you can provide the name of your doctor or clinic then the online
vendor can contact the doctor and obtain your prescription for
you. Your doctor is legally obliged to confirm your
prescription within 8 hours. If you have provided your prescription
details and your doctor doesn't respond within that time then the
prescription is considered valid and your order will be processed.
Be wary of any doctors who try and charge
you to release your prescription after you've had your eye exam they're
not allowed to do this under federal law. They're also not
allowed to charge you to verify your prescription to another retailer
whether online or not. You have a legal right to your
prescription whilst you may have to pay for the exam and fitting your
prescription has to be released to you upon request. Also make
sure that the doctor prescribes a national brand that can be obtained
anywhere. This means that you can purchase them
anywhere with the opportunity to get them at low prices online.