Why You Should Buy Your Contact Lenses on the Internet

It surprises me that to this day, many people still order their contact lenses from their optometrist. If you are doing this, you are likely spending more on your contact lenses than you need to be. I've been buying contact lenses online for over 10 years now, and recommend that you do the same. Here are some pros and cons of buying contact lenses on the Internet:

 

Pros:

  1. You can save money.
    Contact lens prices on the Internet are almost always lower than retail price, and usually lower than what your eye doctor will charge if you order contacts from them. You can verify this yourself by going online and checking prices at several contact lens stores. The store that offers the lowest prices online, however, is usually Lens.com in my experience.
  2. There is a bigger selection.
    Many times, when you order contact lenses from your doctor, they will be out of stock and you'll need to wait for your lenses. This won't be the case at at online contact lens stores, as they have a huge inventory of lenses. In the end, you can get your lenses in about the same time as you would have waited had you ordered your lenses from your doctor. Therefore, ordering from your doctor usually does not mean that you'll get your lenses more quickly, unless you just happen to be lucky enough to need lenses that they have on hand.
  3. There are many coupons and special deals.
    Most online stores offer online coupons and other discounts on a regular basis. Take Lens.com, for instance. you can currently get a Lens.com coupon from couponleaf.com as well as several other coupon websites.

Cons:

  1. You have to pay shipping.
    Many stores charge a relatively high shipping cost, and this could eat into your savings. The best solution to this is to place a large enough order so that you qualify for free shipping. At Lens.com, this is usually just over $100. I like to purchase at least 4 boxes when I place my contact lens orders, as this gets me not just free shipping but a discount as well.

As you can see, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, and therefore, buying contact lenses online is really a choice that makes sense for almost everybody. The first time you place an order, it can be a bit confusing. However, as long as you have a copy of your prescription, all the information you need will be on it. If you aren't already in the habit of doing so, make sure you request a copy of your prescription when you get your eye exam.