Don't panic -- there is an easy way to handle this situation:
Have your son's eye care professional in the UK contact an eye care professional in the San Francisco area with the prescription for both of the contact lenses. I think the chances are very good that the eye care professional over here in California will give your son a pair of contact lenses in the correct prescription and also give him a bottle of contact solution, and a contact lens case.
Would be a good idea to have the school sponsor (chaperone) who is with your son on the trip to help coordinate the situation on this end with the eye care professional in the San Francisco area.
I really think this will turn out just fine, and it will be handled very quickly!Edited: 6:55 am, April 12, 2014
I'd send them Federal Express/DHL etc, to their hotel. Won't be cheap, but probably cheaper than seeing an optometrist here and getting a new pair.
For about $100, maybe a bit less, you could go see an eye doctor, such as Walmart or Sears, and the doctor will give an eye exam including contact lens fitting, plus a "starter" pair of contacts. He would also get a prescription for more, but he doesn't need to have that filled.
Thank you for your very kind response!!
I will follow your advice, the only thing is he has a particular prescription for astigmatism so unsure if this would all be feasible but will give it a go.
Thanks for taking the time to write me I really appreciate it!
Fed Ex seems more logical. I doubt special glasses would be ready quickly (the ads such as "in about an hour" apply to regular lenses in optimum circumstances). When I've checked to get progressive lenses made, the estimates have been 1-2 weeks.
The OP wants contacts, not glasses, and they do have contacts for astigmatism. The doctors get free samples from manufactures for fitting and to try and get the client to buy that brand, so he would walk out of the office with a pair in his eyes, no waiting.
This has happened to me before .... Just have him locate an eye doctor in SF then have his eye doctor from home fax a prescription over and I'm certain they will allow him to purchase the contacts he needs.
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The Walmart or Sears idea won't work because there are none in San Francisco.
So looking for an optician in downtown SF would be your best bet, getting the fax number, etc.
Does this come out of his allowance?
Thanks all of you for suggestions!
I have contacted an optician in the Soma area with his prescription but as yet not had a response.
If anyone in SF has a recommendation for an optician close by Holiday Inn it would be helpful, my son has a particular prescription as he has astigmatism!
Once again thank you for your tips from a stressed out mum of a fruitcake teenager!!!!!
Ps/ I did try FedEx / Dhl but the delivery is late tuesday & cost £85! He returns Thursday.