Facebook’s got my number. It’s probably got yours too. Every once in a while, it pops up a completely intriguing ad for something I’ve never heard of that looks exactly like something I can’t live without.
This is how Sightbox wound up on my radar.
I’m not sure if Facebook creepily scans my pictures and knows I wear glasses sometimes or if I posted some status update 6 years ago about my contacts itching that the almighty Facebook algorithm duly logged away – however it happened, Facebook knows I’m often in the market for cost-efficient ways to keep seeing clearly.
Sightbox was created by Travis Rush, a lifelong contact wearer.
As ya’ll know here at brokeGIRLrich, we love to talk about ways to simplify life and not spend an arm and a leg, but we also love to find solutions for folks who work in the arts. One of the reasons I personally think Travis Rush is pretty awesome is that he was actually a country musician who has lived the tour bus life and is well aware of that “mother of pearl” moment when you’re out on tour in a weird city and suddenly realize you’ve only got one set of contacts left.
According to their website, the point of Sightbox is “to simplify vision care for people on the go.”
I’m all for paying a few more dollars to make life simpler, especially if it can work well with my nomadic stage manager lifestyle.
So what exactly do you get when you sign up with Sightbox?
First you decide what kind of contacts you want to wear. Their price points are based off of how disposable your contacts are. If you wear monthlies or bimonthlies, you qualify for the cheapest plan ($39/month). If you’re a dailies wearer, plans vary from $56-89 a month.
After signing up, the company takes care of everything to set you up with a local optometrist appointment based on your availability. If you’ve been going to the same optometrist for years, you can ask to stick with them.
You’ll receive an email confirming the appointment with the optometrist and then head on over. You won’t pay for anything at the appointment. The optometrist’s office will take care of sending in your prescription and Sightbox will ship out your contacts to you as soon as your prescription is sent over to them.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Seriously though. It takes what can be an overwhelming and complicated situation and makes it so incredibly streamlined and simple.
By breaking down the cost monthly, it makes it much, much easier to budget too. The upfront costs of eye care can be pretty daunting. If you don’t have any kind of vision insurance, an eye exam can cost around $200 and ordering your contacts for the entire year in one go can cost between $400-1200. As a matter of fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that almost 40% of Americans don’t get regular eye exams because of the cost!
With Sightbox, it doesn’t matter whether or not you have vision insurance since it cannot be applied to your Sightbox premiums but you can use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for your Sightbox membership!
There seriously isn’t an easier way to make sure your budget stays as healthy as your eyes!