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Letter Re: Advice on Contact Lenses

Mr. Rawles

I’ve worn contact lenses for all of my adult life. On your published advice, I’ve also bought two pair of inexpensive glasses, from LBEeyeware [1]–a company mentioned in SurvivalBlog That was great advice. ($23 per pair, complete? You can’t beat that!) The glasses are the correct prescription, but after so many years of wearing contacts, glasses feel downright “clunky” to me. I worry about breaking them, much more than I ever worried about losing or tearing a contact. My question is: What should I do about spare contact lenses and solutions? Should I skip them–and just plan to wear glasses when the “Schumer Hits the Fan”–or, should I stock up? Thanks for your amazing web site and great books. I’m taking the 10 Cent Challenge [2]! you can expect my payment in silver dimes, ASAP! – Pat in Georgia

JWR Replies: Thanks for bringing up a topic that I’ve meant to address for quite some time. If you feel more comfortable wearing contacts, then I see no reason why you shouldn’t stock up on spare disposable soft contacts and extra bottles of saline and cleaning solutions. Just one proviso: Do not try to “stretch” your supply by going longer between discarding sets of contacts. Getting an eye infection would be tragic, especially in the midst of a disaster. Once you’ve used up your contact lens supplies, just switch to wearing your eyeglasses.

One excellent source for very inexpensive contact lenses and supplies is 1800CONTACTS.com [3]. Since they are a SurvivalBlog affiliate advertiser [4], we get a little piece of the action when you place an order, if you use our link to their site. So this is a good way to both get prepared, and to help support SurvivalBlog. Thanks!