These opticians that get on here just kill me. I dont know any other country but the US that requires a YEARLY prescription for contacts. Then they cite if you dont you have bad fitting contacts or incorrect prescription. Health problems..blah blah blah.
Yet folks sell colored non prescription contacts all over the place with no problem. No fittings for the eyes. Sizings etc. No problems.
Yet the opticians STILL want to charge so much that people of limited income (like me, I am unemployed) cant afford to go to them yearly.
My prescription for contacts has not changed in a very long time (years, i cant remember when it last changed). I've always maintained that the prescription should be valid for 3 years. But since mine expired 2 years ago and I've not had the money for the exam I bought my contacts from http://www.opticalinstitute.com . They are in the UK and they ship quickly. Their prices are very competitive and sometimes better than whats in the US.
2 years now Ive been ordering my own contacts from the UK and 2 years of no problems or issues. Will I get my eyes examined if someday I have health insurance again or if opticians finally decide to charge reasonable exam prices? Probably. After which will I get a new prescription yearly? Probably not.
Anyway, someone else posted on an earlier yahoo question with this company: http://www.lensway.co.uk/ . I've not used them but I am going to check their prices out. As I said, I had no problems with optical institute. Just give it 2 weeks shipping time. So if you are running out now order right away.
Speaking from my own experiences.