Where to buy contact lenses online

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furryfriends57 Sat 23-Feb-13 21:35:40

I am trying to cut costs at the moment and want to buy contact lenses online. Does anyone buy daily disposable lenses online and are happy with the service. How long from ordering to delivery and do they ask for evidence of your prescription before fulfiling the order.
Thanks a mil thanks, FF57

elenayfb Wed 10-Apr-13 14:03:33

I spent a lot of time looking for the best quality and prices. But finally decided the best choice is still there eBay

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mollymole Wed 27-Feb-13 16:39:44

All optical practices SHOULD offer free trial lenses every time there is a change of prescription, including the different base curves where applicable. It is unfortunate that they don't all do this - you may well find that a small independent is more likely to offer various trial options than the 'big chains'.

tb Wed 27-Feb-13 14:46:08

A word of warning. Many years ago - about 30 - dh got contact lenses for the first time. The optician - part of a national chain - was very proud of its computer measuring kit, that worked out the curve and diameter required for the lens.

So, he got his lenses, and had problems with them. He went to a smaller optician, and their trial lenses were, according to him, more comfortable than the others. He found that his cornea had been scratched by the computer-fit lenses.

6 months later, he developed iritis and stopped wearing lenses.

I've just had a lens check. I was waiting for a new prescription to order them as I didn't have much confidence in the opthalmogist who did our eye tests - she got dh's prescription out - -10 when he was 'only' -9.

I've been told not to wear them any more, as although my eyes aren't dry, there isn't much of the oily phase in my tears to lubricate the eye and a morning's wear on the way to the optician had caused a scratch. So, from monthly continuous wear lenses, if I wear them, it's got to be occasional daily disposable ones for me.

Pity, 'cos I did like wearing them rather than varifocal glasses.

whateveritakes Tue 26-Feb-13 19:50:52

I would totally recommend gas permeable lens. They aren't popular with opticians because you don't get sucked in to buying lens every month.
Mine told me that people can't be bothered with waiting a week till they feel comfortable. Even though they are safer and healthier for your eye and cheaper.

Once you have the fitting and prescription you can buy them for $40 online (they ship to the UK). They last for years...

EuphemiaLennox Tue 26-Feb-13 19:16:37

Thanks for your advice Mollymole. I'll have the check this week and get the opticians prices and then compare these to the online ones factoring in the yearly check on top.

At least I know what I'm doing now, but I do miss the simple days of the optician being the only choice.

this just now seems like another thing to do .

mollymole Tue 26-Feb-13 11:44:37

If you have an annual check with your optom -and if it saves you a lot go online or Costco if they are good value then go this way .
If you are not going to save very much stick with the optom check & supply.

As I said - working in an opticians we do tell our px to go online if they want to get cheaper lenses - a lot of the lenses on line are cheaper to buy than we get them at supposed 'cost price'.

If it hardly saves anything by going on line then stick with you optom - after

EuphemiaLennox Tue 26-Feb-13 11:27:27

Oooooh, this seems so complicated.
Why did we ever think so much choice was a good idea??

So, Molly, on balance, in your opinion etc do you think if I'm some one who wants a yearly check, and usually chooses to go with the easiest option unless its going to save me loads more money, I'm better off just getting my lenses through specsavers if I'm happy with them as my optician?

I am also a Costco member, and have noticed that they do lenses. Does anyone know if they work out significantly cheaper?

mollymole Tue 26-Feb-13 11:03:05

There are some web sites which will let you order without an up to date prescription - it is up to you if you choose to deal with a company that chooses not to respect professional practice.

Where I work we actually tell people that they can probably get their prescription on line cheaper than we can supply it (unless they are on 'special order' lenses) and we will check to see if this is more appropriate for them. We also help them make their first on line purchase if they want and supply the prescription details direct to the supplier.

Where we do the contact lens checks and supply the lenses the cost of the check is included within the monthly cost to the client. However, where we supply the lenses and do the checks the patient can have as many checks as they want within the year.

Where they only need 1 check per year we tell them that it works out cheaper for them to pay for an individual check as our costs are £25.50 per annual check or £40 for as many checks as wanted in 1 year. Some people have two checks a year and in our pratice ALL under 16's have 3 monthly checks.

When you buy your lenses on line it is necessary to factor in the costs of these checks into the overall costs.

EuphemiaLennox Tue 26-Feb-13 10:35:13

So Mollymole, can you order online lenses without your yearly check if you want and just keep doing so for as long as you're personally happy to do so?

I have an appointment this week with spec savers for a new lense check and prescription, I ve given up with Tesco after they were spectacularly unhelpful, I'm wondering whether to aftre this order the lenses with spec savers or get a new prescription and start ordering online.

I wouldn't go much over a year without having a lense check, even if ordering online, but at least then I wouldn't be at the mercy of the 'computer says no' po faced optician like I was last week!

I guess though you then have to factor into the cost a yearly lense check on top of the price, whereas with the optician packages this is usually built in.

Is that right?

mollymole Tue 26-Feb-13 10:06:41

When buying on line you still SHOULD need the opticians prescription details and the date of your last check and the situation is that an optometrist is a PROFESSIONAL QUALIFIED person bound by their ruling body, in the same way as a doctor or a dentist, and they are legally bound. An online retailer IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL and is not bound to to the same rules. Most professional opticians who see their patient on a regular basis would authorise an extra week/month as they know their patient.
You should still have the annual/bi annual check as recommeded by your optometrist and any reputable firm would send you a reminder when your next appointment is due so that you would not run out if you were having the proper care.

I too could not get on with the Daysoft, found them really uncomfortable.

Before buying online, I signed up to a delivery service from Optical Express in the High St - the fancy, new technology lenses were awful and the deliveries were always late. Cancelled that contract and now use Lenstore. The parcel always arrives within 36/48 hours. I have found them best for price, and I have gone back to the old reliable and comfy "Dailes". Also, they quite frequently ask you to fill out a review form and send you a discount code after.

Fairylea Tue 26-Feb-13 09:53:39

Just to provide a balanced view.... I tried daysoft and found them awful! Really uncomfortable and made my vision blurry even though the prescription was correct.

I went back to specsavers monthly for £13 a month plus a free pair of glasses included every 2 years and I find them great. Obviously after care etc is included. I wouldn't swap to anything else.

I have a very high prescription - 9 in both eyes so maybe that has something to do with it! Who knows !

EuphemiaLennox Tue 26-Feb-13 09:49:56

I'm a bit confused about how ordering lenses on the internet works; do you still have to have 6mth/yearly contact lense checks? Do you get an optician to do this, renew your prescription and then just order online?

I was going to TEsco opticians, but they've pissed me off, as they wouldn't give me any more lenses until I'd had a 6 month check I didn't know I needed, and they wouldn't even give me a weeks supply to see me through my holiday, so I could have the check when I returned. Consequently I had to wear my glasses all holiday. All this even though I've been wearing contact lenses for 25yrs!!! What did they think would happen to my eyes that week that couldnt be risked?!?!?

Anyway, what confuses me is if the opticians are so rule bound that they can't give an extra week without the check, how do online companies mange this and how do I organise this?

Do I just pay an optician separately for a yearly check and new prescription?

BinksToEnlightenment Mon 25-Feb-13 21:35:08

I get mine from contactlenses.co.uk

Keep the website name simple huh? grin

They do my monthly continuous wear for £27 for a three month supply. Or when I used to have monthly normal wear they were £17 for three months.

And it's free delivery which normally comes in a day or two.

Dru77 Mon 25-Feb-13 19:29:50

I wear monthly lenses but use each pair for 2 months to cut costs. Optician said it was fine to do so amd I have had no problems in the year I've been doing it. I also use lens store.

Mine are £17.75 on Vision Direct. Lensplanet still cheaper!

Rattitude Sun 24-Feb-13 20:12:11

I get mine from Vision Direct.

They are very good and cheap. You do not pay for postage and you do not need to send your prescription or your optometrist's details.

INeedThatForkOff Sun 24-Feb-13 20:09:19

I'm finding lensstore expensive too, even compared to Vision Express!

Lensplanet.com is where I get mine from, they also constantly do £4 off (same as their postage costs). No need to provide optician's details when typing in your prescriptions either.

My normal lenses cost £13.75 on lensplanet, just checked lensstore and they're £17 on there, so I'm still getting a bargain!

sunnyO Sun 24-Feb-13 20:01:23

can't go wrong with daysoft.

MrsPnut Sun 24-Feb-13 19:58:57

I have used discount lenses and get lenses before, both of them are fine and the lenses have come fairly quickly.

I need to order some more actually, will have a look tomorrow.

furryfriends57 Sun 24-Feb-13 19:45:29

Hi
Thanks everyone for your replies. I am going to try the daysoft lenses for a month and see how it goes, wow 12E per month is a fraction of my current costs. Hope their quality control and standards are as good as the big manufacturers but haven't seen any negative comments on line.
I just love MNers thanks
FF57

P= half price, silly phone wont let me do percentagesconfused

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