Fail: Saving Money on Contact Solution

Fail: Saving Money on Contact Solution

Fail: Saving Money on Contact Solution

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 4:01 AM

I have been wearing contacts for a million years. Yes, I am as old as a dinosaur. This past year, I got all new contact lenses. They are a new brand and a much nicer pair so I've been pretty excited about it. Of course, Lasik surgery would be better but anyway...

Right before I left the doctor's office he said, "Please make sure you do not buy generic contact solution. Stick with the brand I gave you, it will work best." We discussed that for a little while and then I left.

I used up all of the samples he gave me and I went to Walmart and bought the same contact solution. No problem.

The second time I ran out of contact solution though, there was a problem. You see, I did not go to Walmart. I decided to stop by a local grocery store on my way home from work. I went in to find that the contact solution recommended by the doctor was $13. Ouch.

I looked around and found generic for about $4 but I did remember his warning and I steered clear of generic. However, I did buy some no-name contact solution for about $5 and went on my way. Two days later, I had 'pink eye.' Or what I thought was pink eye.

For six weeks, I was in and out of my family doctor's office and urgent care trying to figure out what was going on. I wore glasses for most of the six weeks which drove me crazy. My eyes were bloodshot and at one point, I was doing an interview with a man who had to stop taping because he could not concentrate with my eyes looking the way they did.

At this point, I had tried every eye drop out there both prescription and non-prescription but the pain was only increasing. I would wear glasses for a few days and it went away but the second I put my contact in my eyes, everything started all over again.

Finally, out of desperation, I called my eye doctor. I don't know why I didn't do this to begin with, I guess I assumed my family doctor could take care of it.

Let me just say, I was not in his office 10 minutes before he looked at me and said I was using cheap contact solution. WHAT?!!? For a split second, I thought he was crazy. Then, it dawned on me that this whole mess started when I switched to the cheap stuff.

Oh. My. Goodness.

That cheap $5 contact solution cost me $250 in doctor's visits and medication. Seriously.

As it turns out, sometimes cheap is not always best.

So tell me, what products do you refuse to skimp on?

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