Oct 13

The easy way to get cheaper contact lenses – buy them online

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Finding cheaper contact lenses can be a nightmare, but only if you don’t know where to look.

If you confine yourself to high street opticians, you’re going to pay over the odds.

There are cheaper contact lens options online but you have to know what you’re doing.

Here are our tips for finding cheaper contact lenses.


Shop online to save money

Male student using a credit card online

You can save £100s over the year by buying contact lenses online. The range in prices for contact lenses can vary greatly, with the same brand costing much more depending on where you buy it and how much you buy each time.

When you get your eyes tested you will be pressured into buying lenses from your optician, but you could save a lot of cash by buying online instead.

A pack of daily disposable contact lenses from the high street is significantly higher than online brands. For example, check out the price of dailies at Vision Direct which is much cheaper than the same product on the high street.

You have a legal right to a copy of your prescription from your optician even if you don’t decide to buy lenses from them. You can then take this prescription to more affordable online retailers.


make the most of vouchers and cashback online

Contact lense and case

At Vision Direct, you get 10% off your first order with the code SURPRISE (plus free postage when you spend over £49).

Also sign up to voucher sites like

  • Vouchercodes
  • Groupon
  • Promotionalcodes they regularly have money-off codes for contact lenses.

Also, use cashback sites to buy your lenses. Sites like

…have cashback deals for contact lenses regularly.


bulk buy to save money

Man holding contact lens on finger

Bulk-buying contact lenses can make a huge difference in cost.

If you can afford it, buy enough contact lenses for the whole year. That could save you £100s on the cost of buying them each week or month.


buy cheaper alternatives

Woman applying contact lenses

Decode the real names for own brand vs the high street equivalent.

  • When your optician prescribes you their own brand lenses, they are actually repackaged versions of popular contact lenses. It’s rather like being forced to buy the print cartridge that your printer manufacturer produces. It’s expensive and no better than the cheaper alternative offered by outlets like Rymans
  • This chart can help you find an affordable equivalent contact lenses. Just look up the brand that your optician insists on and you will find the cheaper alternative


look after your eyes

Woman making heart symbol with her fingers in front of her eyes

Look after your eyes with regular check-ups, especially if you are buying online, it’s important to get regular eye tests to ensure your lenses are right for you.

Also, if you decide to go for cheaper alternatives to the brand you’re used to, make sure you still stick with the prescription given by your optician. The brand can be different but not the strength of the lens.


beat the monthly scheme

Woman holding contact lens

Monthly contact lens schemes can be competitive. If you get a monthly direct debit scheme from the high street optician this usually includes lenses, solution and aftercare appointments for one fixed fee.

However, this can often be beaten by buying everything online for less and then paying for eye appointments separately.

Find out more info on how to get cheaper glasses as well as contact lenses in this article.


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