I have just started wearing contacts, in fact I haven't even bought a pair yet I am wearing the trial pair my doctor gave me. They priced them our for me and they are going to be $40. 00 a pair. The doctor says I get to much build up on mine and I can only wear them for 2 weeks before changing them this is going to get expensive. I was thinking of trying to buy them on the internet if I could get them cheaper. I live in Canada and am not sure if I can even get them shipped here. Where does everyone get their contacts from?
I order from Visiondirect.com. A six pack for each eye, I use Monovision. About $41. Mine are the old Bausch & Lomb. The eye doctor said to call 2 weeks before my visit and they will order a sample of the newer cheaper ones. You could probably go there and check prices on what kind you wear. I was buying at Wal-Mart, but this is cheaper.
Gas permeables, which you clean every day, last forever unless you step on them or need a prescription change. They're usually about $40 a pair, unless you get them from the doctor, when they might cost closer to $100 (but that includes fittings and a check to see if they fit right -- worth it to me). They also give you crisper vision than soft disposable lenses, and are better for people with severe astigmatism. I wore them for twenty years and only needed replacements when I lost one.
The downside is that it takes a while to get used to them (a week, in my case, and then I wore them comfortably all day.