Buying cheap contact lenses online

Buying cheap contact lenses online

Buying cheap contact lenses online

Whether you’re new to wearing them or you’ve been doing so for years, there are loads of ways to get cheap contact lenses online. Read on for our top tips.

Contact lenses are a great option to have when you’re playing sports, wearing sunglasses, or just don’t fancy wearing your regular specs. But the added convenience comes at a cost, so it’s important to do what you can to save money where possible.

Fortunately, it’s usually much cheaper to buy contact lenses online – and, arguably, more convenient too.

To help you find the cheapest deals on contact lenses, we’ve listed the best places to buy them, as well as everything you need to know before making a purchase.

Best cheap online contact lenses shops

These are the best places to buy cheap contact lenses online:

1. Asda Opticians

asda opticians logo
  • Cheapest delivery – Free for orders over £25; £2.95 for orders under £25
  • Free contact lens assessment? – No
  • Free trial? – No
  • Multiple brands available? – Yes
  • Student discount – None.

2. Contact Lenses UK

contact lenses uk logo
  • Cheapest delivery – Free for orders over £30; £3 for orders under £30
  • Free contact lens assessment? – No
  • Free trial? – No
  • Multiple brands available? – Yes
  • Student discount – None.

3. daysoft

daysoft logo
  • Cheapest delivery – £2.49 for a one-month pack; £3.49 for three- and six-month packs
  • Free contact lens assessment? – No
  • Free trial? – No, although we have known day soft to refund your first pack if you don’t like them
  • Multiple brands available? – No, day soft only sells two types of lenses: day soft Classic and day soft Silk
  • Student discount – None.

4. Feel Good Contacts

feel good contacts logo
  • Cheapest delivery – £3.95, although free Click & Collect is available from their warehouse in Barnet, North London
  • Free contact lens assessment? – No
  • Free trial? – No
  • Multiple brands available? – Yes
  • Student Discount

Hubble

hubble logo
  • Cheapest delivery – £3
  • Free contact lens assessment? – No
  • Free trial? – No, although you can get your first box for £1
  • Multiple brands available? – No, Hubble only sells one type of lens
  • Student discount – None.

How to buy contact lenses online

Here’s how to buy cheap contact lenses online:

1. Get a contact lens assessment

Just as when you buy glasses, you’ll need a valid prescription (i.e. from within the past two years) when you purchase contact lenses.

However, what you may not know is that even if you have a valid prescription for glasses, you’ll need a separate one for contact lenses. As contacts sit directly on your eyes, they’ll need to have a slightly different strength lens to your glasses, which sit just off your face (move your glasses further away from your eyes to see how much difference this can make).

What’s more, for the best fit, you’ll need to know measurements like the base curve and diameter of each eye. Without these, you risk buying and wearing contact lenses that don’t sit comfortably on your eye (something we’ll explain a little more in the next tip).

Contact lens assessments will typically cost about £20 – £30, however, there are ways to get them for free.

Beware that not all contact lenses fit all people

As we mentioned a moment ago, everyone’s eyes are slightly different shapes and, as a result, not all contact lenses fit all people.

Most contact lenses can be made to your specifications but, even then, some lenses may only have a limited range of adjustments available.

In the case of sites like day soft, Hubble and Waldo, which only sell one or two types of their own-brand lenses, you’ll often find you’re unable to specify any measurements other than the strength of the lens.

Switch to the manufacturer’s brand

Incredibly, it’s usually cheaper to buy the manufacturer’s brand of contact lenses than it is to buy an optician’s own-brand version. It goes against everything we know about saving money, but it’s true!

Although Specsavers, Boots, and Vision Express all offer their own contact lenses (which are still pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things), most of them are made by the same few companies – most of whom sell their products for less with their own branding on them.

Get a free contact lens trial

Given how sensitive our eyes are, trying contact lenses can often involve a bit of trial and error – especially if you’ve not worn them before. You may find that a particular type of lens dries your eyes out a little too much, you may realize that the prescription is slightly off, or you may just decide that contact lenses aren’t for you after all.

Fortunately, lots of retailers offer free contact lens trials, including some of the websites listed above.

5. Compare contact lens websites

Our list of contact lens websites features all the major players and the main points of comparison between them. But there are other websites out there, and additional factors to consider too – including whether or not the shop actually has the lenses you’re after. So, here’s a quick checklist of things to bear in mind when you’re comparing online contact lens retailers:

The total cost of the contact lenses and delivery

If the website has any voucher codes, first-order discounts, or is listed on cashback sites

Whether or not a free trial of lenses is available.

6. Buy in bulk for a discount

As with many things in life, buying contact lenses in larger quantities tends to cost less per unit than purchasing the same amount in smaller quantities. The exact discount will vary depending on the lenses and the company you’re buying from but, for example, buying six months’ worth of lenses at once will often be cheaper than buying one month’s worth, six times (if not just because you’re only paying for one delivery).

However, buying in bulk is probably only a wise idea if you’re confident that you’ve found the right contact lenses for your eyes. If you’ve not worn a particular lens before (or any lenses at all), it’s more sensible to buy a small quantity and try them out.

7. Decide whether you need daily or monthly contact lenses

If you wear contacts most days, it tends to be cheaper to wear monthly lenses as opposed to dailies – even after you’ve taken into account the cost of lens solution (which may come included). There’s also the option of bi-weekly lenses (also known as ‘two-weekly disposables’) which, as the name suggests, you switch out every two weeks.

As well as being cheaper for regular wearers, it’s generally thought that monthly or bi-weekly lenses are more eco-friendly too, as they require fewer packets.

That said, it is possible to recycle your contact lenses and blister packs – although you will have to drop your waste off at a participating optician (the full list is here).

Just remember that, as monthly and bi-weekly lenses are made from a slightly different material and can affect your eyes in ways that dailies don’t, it’s recommended that you visit an optician to see if they’d be suitable for you, and to have them properly fitted.

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