Free stuff is great, right? It’s fun going to a store, like a grocery store, and getting the free samples they hand out. I don’t know why, but that food always tastes better when you’re out shopping and when you get to try it for free. Sometimes I even end up buying what they’re letting me sample. The formula of handing out free samples must work because it’s not something that has gone away. If it didn’t work at all, they would stop doing it, right?
Well, the same thing goes for contact lenses. Just like getting a free sample of pizza at the grocery store, you can get trial contact lenses!
This website is about both colored and normal contact lenses and the great thing is, you can get samples of either – or both if you want.
What You Should Know
Now, you can’t just go down to the grocery store and get free samples of contact lenses in the contact lens aisle. It would be nice if it was that easy but it just isn’t. One reason is that contact lenses are considered to be medical devices by law. You put them in your eyes (or “on” your eyes, rather), so by law, they are classified as medical devices.
Here’s the definition of medical devices from Wikipedia:
A medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar or related article that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions, and does not achieve its purposes through chemical action within or on the body (which would make it a drug).
Sounds pretty intense, right? Contact lenses aren’t drugs – there’s no medicine in them. They are, however, like an instrument, apparatus or implant… sort of. Just take our word for it that in the United States, Canada and England, they are considered to be medical devices by law and what that means is that you’ll need a prescription to get them.
Yes, even if you don’t think you need any vision correction and even if you just want the ones that are colored and for cosmetic purposes, they are all considered to be medical devices. That means that there’s one sort of “hurdle” in the way of getting sample contacts – you’ll need a prescription first. Don’t worry, it’s not very difficult at all to get one. We’ll explain.
How to Get Free Contact Lenses – The Steps
First, just go to the websites of companies that make contact lenses. If you don’t know what they are, They will send you the list of all of them plus some extra tips. Otherwise, do some searching online.
Next, after you’ve done what that website says to do, take those forms to a local eye doctor. You will have to pay for the exam yourself and that runs about $80 but the good thing is that your prescription is good for a year. Hand the doctor your forms and they will order them for you. They will then either be sent to you in the mail to your house or else they will be available for pick up at your eye doctor’s office.
If you want to save a few bucks on the eye exam, just go to a local department store like JC Penny or Sears or Wal-Mart where there’s an Optical department and make an appointment there. It’s pretty reasonably priced since it’s a department store and their doctors are good.
Our last bit of advice is to definitely get samples from all the contact lens companies that you can. Try them all. Each pair is good for 30 days, so you should be able to get a few months of lenses for free – no problem!