Coastal Contacts [Review & Price Comparison 2019]

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Coastal is one of my favorite places to buy contact lenses online. A couple of weeks ago I took a look at Coastal but at that time I only took a look at what they offered for prescription eyeglasses. Today I wanted to take a look at the contacts side of Coastal, which is actually what they first started selling before they started with eyeglasses.

Coastal was founded in 2000 and was exclusively an online prescription contact lens retailer until 2008 when they started offering prescription glasses as well. I have always loved their mission, which was to get prescription eyewear to people that found it to be out of reach.

Before you get started with anything, in order to order prescription contacts online you will first need to grab your prescription. If you already have a prescription then great! Grab it. Remember your prescription will need to be current as well. Contact lens prescriptions generally are valid for a year in the United States.

If you don’t have a valid prescription then you will need to visit your eye doctor for an exam and get a new prescription before you can order. Routine eye exams are important as they check for more than just your prescription and could detect hidden health concerns. After you have your prescription you’re ready to go.

Coastal Contacts Review

Coastal Contacts Homepage

Coastal is a bit unique compared to some other online retailers and they keep their eyeglasses and their contact lenses pages separated, which does make it much more user-friendly. You can select which page you want to access in the upper left and corner of their homepage. For this review, I will be heading to the contact lenses page.

Once you land on the main contacts page you will see some of the most common contact lens brands right on the front. Coastal carries quite a large selection of brands, with over 30 for you to pick from.

You will be able to find all of the most common lens types here at Coastal including daily, weekly, monthly, toric, multifocal, colored and RGP contact lenses. With the colored contact lenses, you will find the standard prescription colored contact lenses, but you won’t find any Halloween or cosplay colored contacts here.

You will find contacts from leading brands such as Acuvue, Air Optix, Biofinity, Dailies, Proclear, and much more. Once you find your brand you would simply enter in the values as it is shown on your prescription and add the contacts to cart.

Shipping Cost & Time

If you live within the United States there are a few different options you can go with for shipping depending on how fast you need your contacts. If you have ever read my articles on how to save money on your contact lenses, I always mention that waiting until you run out of contact lenses and overnighting your contacts is a waste of money. But I do understand emergencies and paydays don’t line up sometimes so sometimes you must overnight contacts. Here are your options.

  • Parcel Shipping (4-5 Business Days) | $5.95
  • Priority Shipping (3-4 Business Days) | $8.95
  • UPS Overnight (1 Business Day) | $14.99

International shipping is available for many countries and cost depends on where you live.

Return Policy & Customer Service

As with purchasing anything online, it is always a good idea to take a look to see what the return policy is. At Coastal Contacts they offer 30 days from the date of the delivery for returns, you can contact them to request a complimentary shipping label that you can use to ship your products back.

Keep in mind that if you order Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses, those are custom made and are not refundable or exchanged.

Coastal has customer service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, chat or email. If you send them an email you can expect a reply within 4-12 hours.

Price Match Guarantee

If you enjoy doing your business with Coastal and you find contacts from another online authorized retailer for a lower price, Coastal will price match for a discount maximum up to $100 per order.

There are a few stipulations though, any cached and third party links, limited time offers of less than 48 hours, “limited box quantity” offers, clearance sales and ended promotions are not valid.

Price Comparison

I gathered a couple of the top retailers and some of the currently popular brands of contact lenses and built a comparison table for you to compare prices. These prices should be current and do update themselves from time to time. Take a look below.

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As you can see they do not always have the best prices but they are competitive at times.

Conclusion

Coastal is definitely one of the more affordable places to shop for your prescription contact lenses, and you can rest assure that you are getting quality contact lenses as they are a reputable company and their parent company is very large and reputable French lens manufacturer Essilor.

The only downside to Coastal is their 30-day return policy for their contact lenses does come up short compared to some other retailers, but despite this Coastal is definitely worth checking out for your contacts and even for your eyeglasses as well.

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About Huy Le ABOC, NCLEC 119 Articles
Huy has been working in eye care for the last 10 years as an Optician, and Optical manager. He is coming to you as an expert in the field, as well as a long time eyewear user. He is bringing his expertise and unbias opinion on optical technology, frame styling, contact lenses, and eye health. He is on a mission to educate the world about the importance of eye health, as well as provide everyone with helpful tips to save money on all your eye care needs.Huy is certified by the American Board of Opticianry as well as the National Contact Lens Examiners and is a State Licensed Optician in the state of California. Huy is the founder of EyeHealthHQ.com and is currently an Optician in Los Angeles, CA.

6 Comments

  1. I myself have never needed prescription glasses or contacts. I had no idea that they were that expensive. I don’t know why I thought that they were much cheaper. The price makes sense considering how expensive prescription glasses can be. My brother does use contacts and it may be worth it to send this article over to him so he can check out Coastal. My question for you is if they are not always the cheapest retailer, is there anything that would make you purchase on Coastal instead of any other retailer? If I were buying, I think I would just purchase from whichever company offered the lowest price.

    • Hi Mariah, while the price of the contacts are definitely an important factor when you are choosing your online retailer, there are other things you should consider such as if the company charges for shipping because that would drive the cost up. Also checking the return policy is good just in case anything goes wrong. 

      There is nothing wrong with shopping around for the lowest price. Often times many online retailers will run promotions and you might be able to find it cheaper somewhere else. Just always make sure you check on the retailer and are sure they are reputable and there aren’t any red flag reviews out there. Also just as with anything else if the price seems too good to be true, proceed with caution. 

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. It appears that the shipping costs are an important consideration if the price is the primary decision factor. Depending on the brand, it may be cheaper to buy from a local brick-and-mortar store like Walgreen’s. By ordering online, a purchaser is responsible for entering the prescription and payment information. This adds to the potential for wrong data being entered. This has to be balanced with the convenience of purchasing online. Otherwise, it may just be easier to visit a local store. 

  3. This is very great review in coastal contact  and for sure their prices are competitive enough compared to orthers the thing I like about Coastal contact is their 30 days return policy  and also their all around customers care . Which means incase I come up with issues I won’t to have to wait four 24hrs before I get a reply.they are instant in the way care for their customers.

  4. Hi,

    Two years ago I started to wear glasses to be prescribed by a licensed eye doctor without drawbacks. I have always wondered why not use contact lenses? I think the decision will depend on each person. I have no doubt that the company you promote excellent manufactures contact lenses. I would select although their return policy is not the best. Thank you!

  5. Huy thank you for thiis very informative post. I do in fact need new glasses and contacts and now consider you my personal optician.  I subscribed to your newsletter and will definitely share this on Facebook.  I can tell that you are sincerely interested in giving your readers the best guidance in finding the best eyewear to suit their needs.  

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