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Does wearing contact lenses instead of glasses actually save you money?

Does wearing contact lenses instead of glasses actually save you money? 2

Anyone that follows The Money Shed Twitter account will have seen me at the start of the year move from wearing glasses to contact lenses.

It wasn’t a decision I made lightly as I was generally happy wearing glasses. No matter if I bought them from SpecSavers or SmartBuyGlasses I never had to spend more than £60. My main annoyce with wearing them was on nights out and when I do any kind of fitness.

If you wish to wear contact lenses you generally have two options available to you.

You can either go and gets your eyes tested at your local optician and then use them as your contact lense dispenser or you can take your specification to one of the ever growing number of online contact lense distributors.

One of the most popular ones are without doubt Vision Direct. They offer the ability to bulk buy multiple months worth at a time so if you order today you can bring the cost down dramatically.

You have a legal right to get a copy of your prescription from your option after each eye test and you are then able to take that information to more affordable online retailers.

Right now they are also offering you 10% off your first order when you use the code SURPRISE and free delivery if you spend over £49.

Buying your contact lenses online can save you £100s as a pack of daily disposable contact lenses from the high street is significantly higher than online brands because obviously they have much less overheads to contend with.

Maybe people don’t realise that when they get their contacts from their opticians you are actually paying for simply re-branded items. As you can see from the chart below VisionDirect will show you which ones you can buy that are the exact same as your optician branded ones.

Of course if you do decide to go down this route then it is very important that you continue to book regular eye test. Not only to check if your eye prescription has changed but to keep on top of the your health in and around your eyes.

One thing I would say though is that one of the hardest (and probably only) issues I had when swapping from glasses to contact lenses was the the actual act of getting used to touching my eye and putting them in. I had to have 2 sessions with the optician to learn how to put them in and take them out correctly so I would maybe recommend looking at buying contacts online once you have been shown how to use them safely.

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14 thoughts on “Does wearing contact lenses instead of glasses actually save you money?”

  1. I wear glasses. I don’t think I can ever use contact lenses, just like you, I have this thing about touching my eyes. Then again, clearly you’ve over come it. Maybe I will too! 😉

  2. Lol I am with Little Steps below I am a glasses girl through and through I’ve never been able to get over the idea of contacts touching my eyes but anyway this was an interesting insight into being savvy when it comes to contact lenses.

  3. My Daughter and husband wears glasses in my house. I am not sure if they have ever considered wearing contact lenses or not. I will have to mention this post too them, thanks 🙂

  4. Laura @dearbearandbeany

    I don’t wear glasses, but I’ve always thought about if a time comes when I will have to, would I be able to put contacts in my eyes. But I think I would give them a go as I’m sure I would prefer them to glasses

  5. I use a mixture of glasses and contact lenses. I don’t spend a lot of money on my glasses though and usually go for the cheaper options at the opticians. I don’t like splashing out a lot of money for glasses in case they get broken in the chaos of family life. This has definitely made me think about shopping around for my contact lenses though.

  6. At the moment my lense package is £18 per month. That is 20 pairs a month (I generally only wear on work days) and eye tests. I also got free glasses in the start of the plan. I am going to stay with the optician for my first year and then I am doing exactly this.

  7. This is really interesting, I wear glasses mainly for reading and driving but my mother wears very strong contact lenses


  8. Really interesting piece. I’ve never considered contact lenses – mainly because of the necessity to put them in and out which I don’t really fancy. I’d certainly reconsider after reading this.

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