The Best Places to Buy Contacts Online – Rolling Stone
These online eyewear retailers make it easy to restock on contact lenses and get them delivered to your door
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The only thing worse than dry, itchy eyes from wearing old contact lenses? Running out of replacements and being out of backup options, including extra glasses. When leaving the house for a blurry-eyed (read: potentially unsafe) restock isn’t an option, or you simply prefer to shop for new lenses at home, the best option is ordering contacts online.
Before you order contact lenses online, note that you’ll need a copy of a valid prescription. If it’s expired, or your vision needs a look since your last Rx, many online eyewear retailers offer virtual appointments with an ophthalmologist or optometrist so that you can renew or update your prescription from home. You’ll want to make sure that you’re eligible for online vision tests, which do have some restrictions.
If you can’t get to an optometrist, consider an online vision test you can self-administer, like this one from EyeQue. The EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit tests for visual acuity (I.e. how well your sight is), color deficiency, and contrast sensitivity (I.e. how well you see in the light vs. in the dark). The $159 kit will then help generate a clear reading to fill out a contact lens prescription online.
Looking for the best places to buy contact lenses online? We’ve selected the top retailers that offer a range of lens options (think from dailies to monthlies) from popular manufacturers including Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, Cooper Vision, and Johnson & Johnson.
Most of our picks offer additional savings if you subscribe to regular deliveries, and many offer discount codes regularly (think buy one get one free offers or deals when you order glasses). Check out the best spots for ordering contact lenses below.
Long before the internet was the global general store that it is today, 1-800 Contacts was on speed dial for many contacts wearers. Founded in 1995, the popular contact lens retailer is known for stocking a wide range of brands (including Acuvue, Air Optix, Biofinity, Clariti, Dailies, Proclear, and many others) and its excellent customer service, which extends to its online and text ordering.
On offer are daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly lenses in options for single vision, astigmatism, bifocal, multifocal, color lenses, and more, and you’ll get 5% off when you subscribe every six or 12 months. If your prescription is expired, the retailer’s handy online vision exam will save you from leaving the house. Plus, get your first order at 20% off.
In addition to stocking frames from designer brands (think Gucci, Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, Versace, and more), GlassesUSA also carries single vision, astigmatism, and multifocal contact lenses. Brands include Acuvue, Biofinity, Dailies, Extreme H2O, Proclear, and others. The online retailer also accepts certain vision insurance companies and takes flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) debit cards. The site also has a ton of special deals and offers happening at any given time, so it’s worth browsing GlassesUSA.com before you check out.
One of the first to bring the direct-to-consumer model to contact lenses, Hubble offers disposable single vision daily contacts that offer UV protection and are comfortable to wear all day. The company uses FDA-approved manufacturer St. Shine to make its lenses, which are made from high-grade methafilcon A hydrogel (translation: your eyes will thank you).
You can get a monthly subscription (which takes the hassle out of restocking) or modify the frequency of your delivery. The company also offers new customer promotions, ranging from $1 for your first box to 20% off your first order for other contact lens brands through their sister retailer, Contacts Cart.
In addition to prescription eyewear, sunglasses, and night glasses, LensDirect also offers a wide selection of contact lenses from trusted brands such as Acuvue, AirOptix, BioMedix, ClearSight, PureVision, and others. You can renew your contact lens prescription for $20 as well as get an online vision test by licensed ophthalmologists, so long as you’re between 18 and 55 and within a specific prescription range.
On top of offering Bose’s speaker sunglasses, HD camera-equipped Spectacles, and fashionable frames from Westward Leaning and Coco & Breezy (to name just a few), Lensabl also offers a variety of contact lenses for everything from single vision to astigmatism to presbyopia. Choose from daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly contact lenses from popular brands including Acuvue, Air Optix, Biofinity, Dailies, and many, many others.
You can also save 6% off when you subscribe to a three, six, or 12-month supply (depending on the brand). Eligible customers can take an online vision test (which is evaluated by a licensed opthalmologist or optometrist) to renew prescriptions for glasses and contacts.
The beloved eyewear startup Warby Parker is now a one-stop clear-sight shop, with its own line of daily contact lenses, Scout, which launched in late 2019. The single vision lenses are made of hioxifilcon A lens material, so they’re breathable, resist dryness, and keep your eyes hydrated. Bonus: they come in super-slim lens packs and boxes, both of which are 100% recyclable.
You can start with a six-day trial for $5 (you’ll be able to redeem that value towards a future Warby Parker purchase), then stock up on three, six or 12-month supplies. If you’re loyal to another contact lens brand and want to stock up while you’ve already got Warby Parker frames in your cart, you can also shop daily, weekly, and biweekly, and monthly contact lenses from a range of third-party names such as Acuvue, BioTrue, FreshLook, Proclear, and many others.
The eyewear retailer accepts select vision insurance providers, making it convenient to buy new contacts online from brands such as Acuvue, Air Optix, Avaira, Focus, ProClear, SofLens, and others. On offer are standard, toric, multifocal, and color lenses in daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly options. Get a $50 discount when you buy an annual supply.
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