Personal Hygiene

Contact Lenses

There are several important things to remember when purchasing contact lenses. First of all, it is important to realize that there are several different types of contacts—not only different brands, but different types, such as soft lenses (which thus has sub-types, such as daily disposables, extended wear, and planned replacements), and another type called rigid gas-permeables, which are closer to the traditional hard lenses. Soft lenses are more popular than rigid gas-permeables; there main selling point is their comfort. However, rigid gas-permeables do have a smaller risk of eye infections for the wearer. Out of the three sub-types of soft lenses, the planned replacements are generally the cheapest, ranging (according to from $80 to $130 a year, while extended wear contacts are second cheapest, from $120 to $240 dollars a year. Daily disposables are the most expensive, ranging from $320 to $545 dollars a year. Out of the three soft-lenses, daily disposables are the least likely to cause infection, so their extra cost may be worth it to some wearers. Along with the initial price of contacts, it is important to remember contact solutions, which are used to clean contacts. These can cost hundreds of dollars per year.

There is no single, one best place to buy. Different stores have lower prices on different brands and different types of contacts. Sales and rebates are also often available, and this may change the place with the cheapest price. Several good things to remember when buying contacts from a specific dealer is whether the contact you want is available; if the customer service is good; if the convenience, or amount of time and energy it takes you to purchase the contacts is low; and the price. It is also important to remember that before you can purchase contacts, you must have a prescription! You can get a prescription by visiting an optometrist or ophthalmologist. You can often get your eye exam taken care of at a contact outlet, such as at the Wal-Mart eye clinic, or you also may be able to order contacts through your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Never buy contacts from anywhere that doesn't require you to have a prescription (that's illegal!)Finally, shop around, between contact outlets, doctor's offices, online suppliers, mail-in orders, and larger department stores with contact sections, such as Wal-Mart or Sears, to name a few. Look for value, not necessarily price

Good luck with shopping!

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  1. All About Vision: Guide to Eye Care and Vision Correction
  3. How Stuff Works

Personal Eyeglasses

If you go out looking to buy eyeglasses these days you are very likely to get frustrated. There are thousands of combinations of frames, coatings, and lenses that you can get from your eye doctor, your neighborhood optician, and the Internet. You have to be very careful on what you choose because you do not want to end up paying a great amount of money for something that you are not satisfied with. In a survey done by the Consumer Reports National Research Center about 75 percent were happy with the glasses they have chosen but only 54 percent were happy with what they paid.

When your shopping for glasses it is recommended that you make yourself aware of the basics of lenses, coatings, and edgings. With this advantage you will know what to ask your eye doctor and the sales people, so you will not have to pay any unnecessary dollars. For example, some doctors may prescribe Varilux lenses, an expensive high quality brand name product, but if you learned the basics you would know that you could get other high quality lenses for a much cheaper price.

When you’re choosing, look for lenses first then the frames. With lenses, if you’re looking for cheap and high quality you should go for the CR-39 lenses. The downsides to those are that the lenses are less shatter-resistant and they look like big coke-bottle bottoms. If you play sports you should check out the polycarbonate lenses. With frames there is no real reason to pick one over the other unless you care about durability or allergies. For durability you probably want to go with titanium frames. If you the kind of person that takes your glasses on and off then you should think about getting spring hinges. If allergies are a concern then you should go with plastic or stainless steel frames. Also remember that if you’re buying glasses for children you need to buy ones that can withstand the abuse of tree climbing and the playground.

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  2. Family: Foresight is 20/20
  3. Prescription eyeglasses

Personal Health Care

There are many different types of health care including personal, family, and business. The focus here is going to be on obtaining personal health care. How do you go about finding it? First, set aside a good amount of time. It is a very time consuming process to find good health care that is inexpensive. Once you have found some time, start researching how to go about purchasing health care and what to look for. Once you have gained a greater understanding, start searching for companies who offer free quotes. Most of these companies are not the actual providers though, but are connected to several different companies. This allows them to find the best quote for your circumstances. It is very simple to get a quote, just follow the step-by-step instructions. Once you have completed the steps, a representative will be calling soon afterwards.

Now, before that call comes, there are a few things that need to be prepared. First, you must completely understand your health issues. You must do this so you can clearly and accurately describe them to your provider. Then you must prepare questions that you will have. It would be best to write them down so you can remember them all. You must also prepare yourself. Have realistic expectations for your health care plan. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t cover everything.

Once you have prepared all of these things, you are ready for the call. When it comes, follow their instructions and then ask questions. Understand your health care plan completely. Know what it does and does not cover. Understand your issues and the options that you have of getting it treated. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are many places to obtain more information such as health care providers, health plan administrators, well-known medical institutions, and local support groups. The more you know about your health care plan the better off you are.

One last thing that needs to be understood is that prices vary depending on the company and your health issues. Be sure to compare the prices of different companies. You do this by getting several quotes through different online companies. By doing this, you get a general sense of what the best price is for you.


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  1. eHealthInsurance
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  3. Cobra Health Plans

Shampoo and Conditioner

There are many different types of shampoos and conditioners. The type of shampoo or conditioner that is right for you depends on the type of hair that you have and what type of damage that may be done to your hair. The damage to hair can be caused by chlorine or sun or color damage.

You can choose shampoos and conditioners that are organic and have specific ingredients in them if you are allergic to specific things. You can choose a dandruff shampoo that can treat your hair the way you want it to, and you can choose a shampoo that will be just right for your children.

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  1. How to Pick Shampoos and Conditioners
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