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How to Get Your Contact Lens Prescription

Ordering contacts online is super quick and easy once you have your prescription from your optometrist or ophthalmologist. But sometimes, getting that prescription can be a challenge at best. But fear not, it should not be a challenge. Legally, that prescription belongs to you, and you have every right to obtain it from your doctor’s office.

With contact lens prescriptions, sometimes the doctor may “hold” it until the prescription is finalized, which means they have seen the contacts on you and checked your vision. An optometrist or an ophthalmologist can only write the prescription after a full and comprehensive eye exam. Typically, this exam is a little more in-depth than a traditional glasses exam, so be sure to mention trying contacts when scheduling appointments. However, once that’s done, they absolutely must provide a copy to you. You shouldn’t have to ask and it should be provided to you automatically; however, many doctors’ offices hold the prescription and make patients ask or even beg for it. Why you ask? The answer is simple–they want you to order from them. They want you to pay a premium price for their “service” and wait 4-5 days to receive your lens. However, when you order online, you pay a lot less and can get your contacts the next day. 

Once your prescription is finalized, ask for a copy of your prescription. Be sure you ask for both your contact lens and glasses prescription since they are different and you will need both. If the office stalls or refuses to provide your prescription, kindly remind them that they are legally required to give you your prescription. Most offices will print the prescription easily upon request, or you can have it emailed to you for easier access.

According to the U. S. Federal Trade Commission: 

“If you get a fitting for glasses or contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription ÔÇô whether you ask for it or not. ItÔÇÖs the law. The doctor canÔÇÖt require you to pay an extra fee, buy eyeglasses or contact lenses, or sign a waiver or form.” (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0116-prescription-glasses-and-contact-lenses).

The office cannot charge you for your prescription, require you to make a purchase or sign a waver per federal guidelines. This pertains to cosmetic contacts as well, including color contacts with no prescription, so be sure to get your prescription for those as well.

Now that you have your prescription, it’s time to order online. Nextdaycontacts.com will walk you through entering the prescription and uploading a copy of the prescription, and you’ll have your contacts the next business day. Click here to learn how to order now. You’ll likely save money, too! See, it’s really that simple.

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