Discount Contact Lenses holds good levels of stock and sells direct to the customer to save on costs. The site is one of the clearest and best arranged we’ve seen, and doesn’t slow you down with additional info or distractions, making it one of the best online contact lenses (opens in new tab) sites around.
The prices are as low as we’ve seen and the range is comprehensive, and there’s just enough product information to help you choose without overloading you. We also like how you can read customer reviews, both the bad and the good, on every page, and that any criticisms aren't censored. As with many other sites, subscriptions are available and net you a straight 10% discount.
In our review, we look at what the site offers, how much it charges, and what you can expect if buying from Discount Contact Lenses. If you mix up your vision wear, don't forget to read our guide to the best eyeglasses online (opens in new tab) too, or learn how coverage could benefit you with our guide to the best vision insurance (opens in new tab) plans.
Discount Contact Lenses review: Price and discounts
In terms of pure cost, there’s very little to split the leading websites like Discount, AC Lens (opens in new tab) and 1800 Contacts (opens in new tab). Those with bricks and mortar shops like LensCrafters (opens in new tab) can be a little pricier, the pure online players tend to be the cheapest.
Discount Contact Lenses and AC Lens are very similar, online only operations, and you’d be pushed to slide a sheet of paper between them, price wise.(opens in new tab)
Discount Contact Lenses review: Features and website
Discount Contact Lenses is a very straightforward and traditional proposition, from its self-explanatory name onwards. There’s just about every manufacturer and style represented here, and they’re clearly cutting out the middle-man, because prices are uniformly low.
The site is well designed, though it’s no great looker. It never throws obstacles in your way, and ordering is easy. Without shouting it from the rooftops, there are any number of helpful and reassuring nods to customer service. Returns are simple and process no-questions-asked.
There’s a friendly and well-staffed 1800 number for your urgent questions. The only fly in the ointment is that shipping is only free when you hit a total of $99. It’s only $5.99 below that though, which probably won’t break the bank. Discount Contact Lenses is a perfect site for people who want fast service and low prices without any fanfare or fuss. For a company with a similar approach, read our Contacts Direct review. (opens in new tab)
The reasons for the price are, as usual, cutting down on sales overheads. There’s no main-street rent for your stores, no distributors to take their cut. It’s the Internet’s way to save you money by making sure that the fewer people that get hold of a piece of your order the better.
Discount Contact Lenses has broadened its range, and along with it its shop-front appeal. As well as the lenses, there are the usual cleaning and storage solutions with cases. There’s also a range of applicators and accessories and a smattering of cleansing products and eye friendly cosmetics.
A link on the site takes you to its sister website for cheap frames, featuring stylish own-brand frames and prescription lenses. For a much bigger range and very competitive prices, also take a look at our GlassesUSA review (opens in new tab).
Should I use Discount Contact Lenses?
You’re not going to choose Discount Contact Lenses for its features or its host of value added extras. The stripped-down, streamlined experience and the low prices will tempt many who aren’t looking to make their contact shopping into a fun afternoon’s window shopping.
Customer service is functional, and although the shipping and returns policies aren’t the most generous out there, they’re not prohibitive. Subscriptions make the prices yet lower, if you’re swayed by pure value, make sure this brand is one of your first destinations.