The Convenience of Buying Contact Lenses Online

Most contact lens users are buying disposable contact lenses. By replacing your lenses on a regular basis, you improve the care of your eyes and decrease the chances of infection. But disposable contact lenses require purchasing them on a periodic basis.

If you are going to your local optometrist or eye care center, this can be very time consuming, and your time is precious. Not only do you have to make the drive, which in an urban setting can be a hassle, you also have to wait your turn to be served. I can think of better ways to spend my time. That is one of the reasons I began buying my contacts lenses online. The other being the savings, which can be as much as 50%.

How simple is it to buy contact lenses online?

First, you comparison shop and find who has the best deal. In my research I have found both Coastal Contacts and 1800 Contacts to be excellent online retailers, in addition to having an enormous selection and inventory. Both companies offer deep discounts, rebates, free offers and free shipping.

Once you select an online contact lens retailer you simply shop online (You can also fax your order or phone it in). You select the brand and the quantity. After you find your brand of lenses, enter your prescription information and the quantity you want. Often you will find that the larger the quantity purchased, the more money you save.

You then are asked to provide your eye doctor’s contact information or a copy of your prescription. You will then see a confirmation page with an order number. This will let you know your order has been received and is on its way. You will be sent an email copy of this confirmation.

The company will verify your prescription and forward you an email letting you know when your order has shipped and when to expect delivery. Often the contacts show up in a few days.
Once you’ve set-up your account and the company has verified your prescription future orders can be placed in less than a minute.

Now which is preferable? Getting in your car, driving to the local eye care center (with gas at $3.00 a gallon), and waiting in line to place your order, or shopping from the convenience of your home. It should be noted that the larger online contact lens retailers have a massive inventory, so the chances of having your contacts in stock are considerably higher than your local eye care center.

With our hectic lives buying your contact lenses online is one way to simplify it.

Fred Waters is a free-lance writer for, where you can find the best deals on color contact lenses and other popular brands and styles.