The Most Affordable Place To Buy Your Contacts Online [2019]

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So you’re looking for the lowest price for contact lenses online. Well, unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite as simple as, oh you can go there for the best prices. There are a number of factors that could affect the cost of your contact lenses aside from where you get them from, these costs include the brand, how many boxes of contacts you are buying, as well as what promotions each retailer is running at the time of your purchase.

Lowest Price For Contact Lenses Online

Therefore, we generally recommend people who are looking to purchase contact lenses to shop around and look at reputable online retailers to see where they would be able to find the best price for the specific brand of contact lenses that they are wearing.

Where can you find some reputable retailers? We understand in this day and age that most people don’t have the time to sit there and figure out which retailers are reputable ones and retailers do not make it any easier with their different website designs, so we took the time to research retailers for you. Below you will find a list of today’s top online retailers in no particular order. All of these retailers could have the lowest price for one contact lens brand or the other.

ACLens

ACLens Homepage

Worldwide: Yes | Return Policy: 365 days (Boxes must be unopened and undamaged) | Price Match Guarantee: Yes (Will beat competitors price by 5%) | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: No

ACLens is one the largest online full-service eyewear supply companies out there today. ACLens is a great option if you are looking for a one-stop shop, as they offer everything from contact lenses, prescription eyewear, sunglasses, readers, even eye care products such as drops.  They ship their products worldwide and offers a hassle free return policy.

VISIT ACLENS

Coastal

Coastal Homepage

Worldwide: Yes (Operate Worldwide as Clearly) | Return Policy: 30 days (Boxes must be unopened and undamaged | Price Match Guarantee: Yes (Max discount $100) | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: No

Coastal is one of those online retailers that has been around for quite some time and is a trusted source for prescription eyewear online. You might have heard of them before as Coastal Contacts, but the company has become much more than just a contact lens retailer, offering prescription eyewear as well. They are owned and operated by French Lens manufacturer Essilor, who acquired Coastal in 2014. They operate globally as Clearly and is one of the largest worldwide retailers for prescription eyewear. They  offer free shipping on orders over $99

VISIT COASTAL

LensDirect

LensDirect Homepage

Worldwide: No (U.S. Only) | Return Policy: 365 days (boxes or glass vitals must be unopened and undamaged) | Price Match Guarantee: Yes | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: Yes

LensDirect is a New York-based company that was founded in 1992 as a contact lens mail order company. Not long after they were one of the top providers for contact lenses online. LensDirect generally has great prices across their entire inventory of contact lenses, however, you can save 5% more if you subscribe to their AutoRefill service. They also have a contact lens prescription online renewal service where you can get your prescription renewed from the comfort of your home. They also offer free shipping on orders over $49.

VISIT LENSDIRECT

Walgreens

Walgreens homepage

Worldwide: No (U.S. Only) | Return Policy: **See Below** | Price Match Guarantee: No | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: No

Walgreens is America’s largest drugstore chain that in the recent years have expanded their inventory to include contact lenses. If you take a look at the pricing for contacts at Walgreens at their full retail price you may notice that they are generally on the more expensive side, however, Walgreens often runs promotions just like the current 20% off they are currently running. These promotions help bring down the cost on the contact lenses immensely and brings their prices down to a more competitive level with other retailers. They also offer free standard shipping on all their orders.

**Walgreens only accepts returns on contact lenses if they sent the wrong lenses, the lenses are damaged or defective, or if you ordered the incorrect prescription. They accept any unopened, unexpired, and undamaged boxes of in-stock contact lenses sold through Walgreens.**

VISIT WALGREENS

EZContacts

EZContacts Homepage

Worldwide: No (U.S. & Canada Only) | Return Policy: 30 days (Boxes must be unopened and undamaged) | Price Match Guarantee: Yes (Will beat competitors price by 5%) | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: No

EZContacts is another one of the leading online eyewear retailers out there today. They offer a great selection of contact lenses at very competitive prices and offers free shipping on orders within the United States. They do not only sell contacts despite their name, but they also sell prescription eyewear and sunglasses as well.

VISIT EZCONTACTS

1800Contacts

1800Contacts Homepage

Worldwide: Yes (Except Mexico and Spain) | Return Policy: **See Below** | Price Match Guarantee: Yes (Will beat competitors price by 2%) | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: Yes

1800Contacts has to be easily the most well known online contact lens retailer out there. That is of course what they were trying to go for with their name, it is just easy to remember. They are one of the world’s largest contact lens stores, with the goal of providing customers with an easy and convenient way to purchase their contact lenses online. They are one of the most trusted and reputable online retailers available today.

**1800Contacts actually has quite a flexible return policy. You are able to return any unopened and undamaged boxes of contacts any time, backed by their Gajillion percent promise**

VISIT 1800CONTACTS

Eyeconic

Eyeconic Homepage

Worldwide: No (U.S. Only) | Return Policy: 30 days (Boxes must be unopened and undamaged) | Price Match Guarantee: Yes | Accepts FSA/HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard) | Online Prescription Renewal: No

Eyeconic is an online eyewear retailer that is owned and operated by VSP Vision Care health insurance company. This website is one of the very few online retailers where if you have vision insurance through VSP, Metlife, or Cigna Vision you are able to directly apply your benefits to your order. This means you less money out of pocket for you. Eyeconic has a great selection of contact lenses, and also carries prescription eyewear as well.

VISIT EYECONIC

WalmartContacts.com

Walmart Contacts Homepage

Worldwide: No (U.S. Only) | Return Policy: 365 days (Boxes must be unopened and undamaged) | Price Match Guarantee: Yes | Accepts FSA./HSA Cards: Yes (Cards that are affiliated with Visa/MasterCard | Online Prescription Renewal: No

Walmart is a retailer that operates globally, however for their contact lenses they on service the U.S. and its territories. Not long ago Walmart was partnered with 1800Contacts for contact lenses after that partnership ended Walmart launched its own online contact lens store. If you already purchase your contact lenses through your local retailer, WalmartContacts.com can actually verify your prescription with your local Walmart Vision Center, and you can purchase them online. Which saves you a trip to those busy Walmart stores where parking can be a hassle at times. Walmart also sells prescription glasses online, but that aspect of the business could use some work.

VISIT WALMART CONTACTS

How do you know what your prescription is?

It is important to remember that getting your contact lenses online doesn’t mean that it is a way to get out of getting your annual exam with your eye doctor. Any reputable online retailer will still require you to have a valid prescription with your doctor’s office. In the U.S, all contact lenses require a valid prescription that is written by a qualified eye care practitioner

Therefore, if you do not currently have a contact lens prescription, then you would have to visit the eye care practitioner of your choice and have an eye exam done. You can then take that prescription from the doctor’s office and order online. From time to time, you might run into an eye doctor that will refuse to give you your prescription if they know you’re going to order somewhere else, but if you are in the U.S. your eye care practitioner is legally required to give you a copy of your prescription upon request.

Alternatively, if you already wear contact lenses but you don’t have a copy of your prescription, but you have the boxes of contacts you can enter the prescription that is listed on your box. This could have a longer processing time, as retailers have to verify your prescription with your doctor and this could add 24-48 hours onto the processing time. So the easiest way for the quickest processing time would be to have a copy of your prescription that you would be able to upload when you place your order.

How to read your contact lens prescription

Entering your contact lens prescription when you are purchasing your contact lenses is fairly straightforward, but we wanted to provide you with some information just in case you run into any issues. See the example below.

Example of how to read your contact lens prescription

Contact lens prescriptions include measurements that you will not find on your glasses prescription, these measurements include the base curve, diameter, lens brand and typically a shorter expiration date. In the U.S. a contact lens prescription is good for one year, whereas eyeglass prescriptions are generally good for two.

Now let’s take a look at all those abbreviations and we’ll explain what they all mean so you have a better understanding of what is written on your contact lens prescription.

  • OD – This abbreviation stands for “Oculus dexter,” which is the Latin term for “right eye.”
  • OS – This abbreviation stands for “Oculus sinister,” which is the Latin term for “left eye”
  • SPH – This abbreviation stands for “Sphere”, and is the amount of power in diopters that is needed to get your vision as close to 20/20 as possible.
  • BC – This abbreviation stands for “Base curve,” and is the measurement of the back curvature of the contact lens in millimeters. This measurement will vary depending on the curvature of the front surface of your eye. The higher the number the flatter the curve, and the lower the number the steeper the curve.
  • DIA – This abbreviation stands for “Diameter,” and is the measurement from one edge of your contact lens to the other edge, measured in millimeters.
  • CYL – This abbreviation stands for “Cylinder” and is a measurement if you have astigmatism, and need toric contact lenses to correct your vision.
  • AXIS – This is a measurement that will also be found on toric contact lenses for astigmatism. This measurement is listed in degrees and is the orientation that the lenses need to be. Toric contact lenses for astigmatism is weighted on one side to hold the contact lens in the orientation that you need it to be.
  • LENS NAME – This is the brand of the contact lenses. In the United States your prescription must have a brand, and the retailer you get them from must sell you that brand, and that brand only. Occasionally you might find some private label brands that can be substituted with an equivalent name brand.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, some reputable online retailers you can check out to save you some money on your contact lenses. If you already have a preferred online contact lens retailer, you can always request them to price match a price if you find it lower at another online retailer. Prices for contact lenses are constantly changing, and retailers are constantly offering different promotions so definitely keep an eye out for any coupon codes that you could use to save you even more money.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to drop a comment below and we still try to get back to you as soon as we can.


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12 thoughts on “The Most Affordable Place To Buy Your Contacts Online [2019]”

  1. Hallo there Huy, 

    I have been looking for the best deals on contact lenses and have even gone through the eyeconic website. I was about to buy there but I thought of checking other places first to be sure I was getting the best deal.

    I will be checking out coastal, EZcontact and walgreens first and then the rest. 

    Thanks a lot for the really helpful list. I really appreciate. 

    Have a fantastic day.

    1. Hi Dave! definitely check around for your contact lenses, even if you already have a place you purchase from, most retailer will price match!

  2. I wear glasses all the time and I’ve recently been looking into using contacts for things like sport and other physical activities. I did look into purchasing contacts from my local opticians, but the prices were pretty high. It looked like I would be able to find cheaper lenses online, but my question was whether the quality would be lower, and potentially dangerous to the eyes? How do I know if an online contact lens retailer is good quality lenses?

    1. Hi Danny, the cost difference that you find online isn’t due to the contact lenses being lower in quality but due to the reduced costs of websites being able to run with minimal operating cost compared to your brick and motar retail or private optometrist.

      This is why we look for reputable online retailers that are authorized to sell these contacts. All contact lenses sold from major brands have serial numbers and there are regulatory agencies that watch over the sales of these products since they are considered medical devices in the United States. 

      When you should be careful is when a place is willing to sell you contact lenses without a precription regardless if the contact lenses are cosmetic or not, in the United States you will be required to have a valid prescription from the doctor. Hope that answers your question.

  3. My vision is not as good as it used to be a couple of years ago. I went to update my driver’s license and now need glasses before they will issue my new card.

    The annoying part was to get a prescription for contact lenses because I hate wearing glasses. Maybe this guide will guide me through the process especially the part about how to read your contact lens prescription.

    Now, I also have seven contact lens retailers to choose from. Thanks for this information.

  4. I resisted contact lens for so long, I did not want to have to put something in my eye every day.  This kept me from being able to wear sunglasses on days that my eyes could have benefited from it.  I stuck with eyeglasses until one day at work, I couldn’t effectively do my job because of them being in the way…

    So, I got contacts as a birthday present to myself and I am glad that I did.  I forgot the pleasure of sunglasses.  I never realized how many times I pushed my glasses back into the best position or how they hurt my ears at times.  It was just the way things were.

    I am glad that you are presenting options for contacts and information on how to check them out.  It is great to be able to find contacts cheaper than what your eye care professional may be able to, especially if you’re vision insurance not very good.  This is one of those things that we all think we are stuck with due to the “ease” of buying from the optometrist.

    1. Hi Josh! Thanks for stopping by! It is definitely nice to be able to throw on some sunglasses without having to worry about being able to see. 

  5. Hello,

    Excellent review about different retail companies where we can buy our contact lenses.

     In my case, in this type of products that help me improve my vision, I do not focus so much on prices.

     I am looking for quality and good after sales service.

    Before deciding to buy, I will analyze all the variants well. I should also have the medical prescription ready. 

    Thank you very much and see you soon.

    Regards! Claudio

  6. I have been buying my contact lenses from the retail store. I was told that buying them from online retailers is much cheaper.  Looking for a good retailer is a problem.

    Thank you for doing the research for reputable retailers.  I feel better knowing that I am buying my contact lenses from a good retailers. You saved me lots of time looking for retailers!

    I will look into different retailers to compare their prices.

    Thanks for showing us how to read our contact lens prescription and giving us helpful information 🙂

    1. Hi Christine, thank you for stopping by! I am glad I can be of help. If you ever have any additional questions about anything don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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