There was a time when I purchased my contact lenses directly from my optometrist. I wasn’t aware of any other way, and as far as I was concerned, buying from the eye doctor was the only option. This might have been the case decades ago, but it is no longer true. Today, there are dozens of contact lens stores online where you can purchase your contact lenses at a deep discount. Some of these stores will allow you to save 50% or more off retail prices when you factor in online coupons and other great deals such as free shipping.
I was first made aware of the possibility of buying contact lenses online by my sister. She has been wearing contact lenses her entire life, and is generally more savvy than me when it comes to matters of shopping, saving money, and getting great deals. She also works in the online field for a large utility company, so she is generally quite well informed about the latest trends online. When she found out I bought my lenses from the doctor, she quickly let me know I could get a much better deal online from stores like 1-800 contacts, lens.com, vision direct, and many other outlets.
After we had our talk, I went home and began doing some research. Lo and behold, these stores sold the contact lenses I wear, which is Air Optix, at a far lower price than what I was used to paying. But I still had tons of questions, like how do these stores verify your prescription? Do you need to use certain doctors in order to qualify? Are the lenses the same as the ones I purchase from my doctor? Fortunately, most of the sites had extensive FAQs that allayed many of my concerns and fears.
As I mentioned pricing is very low, and you can expect to save 10, 20, or 30 dollars or more per box. On a typical order of 2-4 boxes, you could easily save $100 or more. Keep in mind, this assumes you also take advantage of online coupons. Stores like lens.com offer coupons on a regular basis. Most of the time, to use the coupons, you need to only copy down special contact lens coupon codes and enter it during the checkout process. Then voila, your savings are automatically calculated and your order total is adjusted accordingly. To get lens.com coupons, simply head over to couponleaf.com.
The main thing you need to remember is that when you get an eye exam, you request a copy of your prescription. This is really all you need to purchase your lenses from a store like lens.com. I like to scan my prescription and email a copy to the store to expedite my order. But it’s also possible to just give the store your doctor’s information and they can verify the prescription on their end. This, however, takes much longer and can add up to a week to the processing time for your order. That’s why I prefer to have my own copy of my prescription. However, it’s still nice that they allow you the option to verify your order without a prescription should you not have a copy handy.