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.
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.
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