How to Get Cheap Contact Lenses

Miss Thrifty4 April 10, 2016

I’ve been playing around with Vision Compare, a free comparison tool for contact lens wearers. It’s simple to use: type in your contact lens make and model. Up pops a list of all the online retailers selling boxes of the lenses, with the prices. As ever, substantial savings can be made on high street optician prices.

contact lens comparison site

If you wear contact lenses, the site is worth a look (no pun intended), irrespective of whether you currently purchase your contact lenses online or in-store. It has been around for a couple of years now, but has recently expanded its range of retailers to seven online contact lens stores, including low-priced Feel Good Contacts.

These used to be a contact lens comparison tool on MoneySavingExpert, but this met its demise because of the high “technical resource required to keep it running.” The Vision Compare site is kept up to date, from what I can see. However if you haven’t bought contact lenses online before, it is still worth checking out the MSE tips page.

One current shortcoming of the Vision Compare tool is that it doesn’t include own-brand lens equivalents. Boots and Specsavers, for example, badge up their own versions of certain manufacturers’ products. It’s nothing a quick google won’t sort. I wear silicone hydrogel Clariti 1 Day lenses: apparently these are known as Oxylens 1 Day at Boots and the Specsavers version is called easyvision umere. It is the Clariti version listed on the site.

Finally, do bear in mind that to purchase contact lenses online, you will need to send the retailer a copy of your contact lens prescription – and it will need to be less than a year old.

[Vision Compare]

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Image credit: LF; image used under a Creative Commons license.

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4 Responses to “How to Get Cheap Contact Lenses

Lovelygrey says:

Coincidentally I’ve just blogged about the cheap glasses I’ve bought today. I didn’t realise quite how much you can save on both specs and contact lenses until I started to look into it. I couldn’t afford to pay around the £250 mark for glasses like I’ve done in the past and thought it needed a bit of investigation. x

April 11, 2016 at 5:59 am

James Dean says:

I have been wearing contact lenses for years and got them form the Optometrist. Basically gouged on pricing. Currently wearing daily lenses, and it can get expensive. Recently been buying the Crystal brand from here at under a dollar a day and they are fantastic. Well for me anyway!

April 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Francesca says:

Thanks for this – I had no idea such a thing existed! Love finding new ways to save money. I will definitely be trying this! x

April 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm

Jon says:

I wear glasses but have never really been ready to make that ‘jump’ to contact lenses

I suppose I don’t mind wearing them or how they look on my face and I tend to buy one set of frames a year in a 2 for 1 SpecSavers type deal so don’t really spend more than £120 odd on my eye wear in a year

My other half has contacts and she paid £25 odd to Vision Express each month BUT her deal includes one pair of glasses a year INCLUDED which I think is a pretty good deal!

May 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

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