I had my annual check up in February, and I am fortunate that my prescription (I am near sighted, and have worn corrective lenses since I was 10), has "stabilized" in the past few years. Of course, as 40 approaches, I have already been warned that in the next 5 years or so, I may need "readers." Terrific.
I have worn contacts since I was 14, and have worn different types over the past 25 years. I LOVED wearing daily wear (fresh pair every day!), but developed an irritation with them, since they are not as sturdy, don't have as much eye lubricant, and probably at the time, the materials weren't as advanced as they are today. For the past 8 years or so, I have worn 2-week lenses.
I have a kidney condition where my kidneys don't filter protein properly, and as a result, my contacts would get a build up of protein. I used a hydrogen peroxide based solution to help bubble it away, in addition to multicare solution for rinsing. Plus rewetting drops. By the end of 2 weeks, even with all that care, they still were pretty icky.
I decided to try dailies again. Using the most common daily wear lenses as a comparison, it would only cost $50 more a year than what we have been spending, when you account for all the solution I had to use. My eye doctor has a $75 re-fitting fee (which will be covered by our FSA), and I tried the daily wear again last week. Yeah....that lasted all of 3 days. I called them and went back in this morning, and my only other option was significantly more expensive ($90 a box time 8 boxes for the year! That is $720!!!).
I order my lenses on line, so I am sure that I could find them cheaper. But not by THAT much. I can't go from spending $150-ish per year (for lenses only) to $720. Nope. I was willing to go up for the cost of the lenses since I would be using significantly less solution. But that was too rich for my blood.
I am back to a 2 week lens, but it is the next upgrade from what I have been wearing. The basic advantage is that it has more lubricant so the "dry eye" effect should be less. But as a whole, I am no better off. The lenses on-line are $18 a box (cheapest I could find), so we are still in the $150 range.
It is a bummer, but I tried. At least I have upgraded lenses now, and I have 2 weeks to order more before these will be ka-put. In my experience, ordering on-line is easy and I usually have them within a week.
However, I did find a pair of glasses (mine are 8 years old, and at least 4 prescriptions ago), that I really likes. Frames and lenses come out to $300. I am not comfortable ordering my glasses on line, since it would be so much harder to correct anything that isn't right. $300 isn't bad for glasses that I will probably have for another 5-8 years. G-man will go back with me to check them out and give a second opinion. But I think they will work. (And of course Lenscrafters doesn't carry them, but I am going to call and see if they can order it and just price check it all before I do anything).
I am glad we have our FSA for these items. All of this requires the extra step of sending it all in (vs automatic reimbursement when something goes through our insurance), but it is totally worth it.