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 with the only exception being on nights out and when I do any kind of fitness, which I do a LOT of each week and sick of struggling to see if I wasn’t at the front of the class.

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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