(Closed) How much do you pay for contacts?

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Post # 17
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, I found AClens.com to be significantly cheaper than 1800contacts.

Post # 18
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I use 1-800-CONTACTS because 1) they’re trustworthy and 2) they will match any price you can find, plus 2%.  So I spent an afternoon hunting the internet for the absolute cheapest price on my contacts, emailed the page to 1-800-CONTACTS, and they refunded my card for the appropriate amount after I placed my order, AND I got a $20 mail-in rebate on top of that.  I used to buy my contacts from my eye doctor because I thought that’s just what people did, but you can find some truly amazing prices online.  I probably ended up paying <$120 for 12 pairs of contacts, which for me is two years’ worth.

Post # 19
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It really depends on what kind of contacts you get. I’ve recently started wearing dailies every now and then (I wear my glasses most days) and I think it’s $55 per eye for a 90 day supply.

I’ve had good luck with 1-800-contacts in the past, but they are not part of my new insurance.

Post # 20
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@BakerBee16:  That is completely unacceptable! I go to Pearle Vision at the mall. I do not have insurance yet and I have to pay a little over $100 for my contact lens prescription. I found it awesome that every time I go, they just do the glasses prescription too so I have both. When I’m done paying, they hand me a copy of the prescription my doctor wrote. 

Definitely complain to management or even go higher up. I don’t think any eye exam office should be able to keep your prescription just because you don’t want to order from them. 

I see a lot of people saying they use 1-800-contacts. They’re pretty popular but for my brand (Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatiam), they definitely are overpriced as well. Again, definitely try walgreens.com, replacemycontacts.com, and Costco actually!

Post # 21
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BakerBee16:  for a 3-month supply for both eyes, i pay $140. i wear acuvue dailies.

Post # 22
2608 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I usually pay about $21/box and I get $200 worth from my insurance each year for contact lenses. I buy them online from Walgreen’s when they have 20% or 30% off coupons.

I wear Acuvue Oasis and change them every two weeks – 3 pairs/box


Post # 23
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Nothing since I got LASIK! The $$ I paid for glasses and contacts was better spent on the surgery (just a personal preference)

Post # 24
4045 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I paid something like $150 or $180 for my year supply. I got mine through Costco.

Post # 25
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think mine ends up being $130/year supply? I get mine through Coastal.com, get the 24-pack (Acuvue Oasys), and the $35 rebate.

Post # 26
3967 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I need toric lenses so they’re more like 45/box than 30/box. 

Post # 27
3106 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@BakerBee16:  I just started buying from saveonlenses.com (maybe saveonlens.com??). No prescription nec (mine hasn’t changed in 5 years) and they were $20/box. 

Post # 28
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Twin Oaks Garden House

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@BakerBee16:  You shouldnt have to go with a contact you dont like. For paying for that FITTING fee there should be a limit of time without paying again if you dont like them if they are “uncomfortable”. I worked in optometry/ophthalmology for over 7 years and i KNOW how expenisve they can get. Usually with contact fittings there is a specific time you are able to not like the contacts where you can get re fit. or in ophthalmology cases your co pay again. Are they monthly or 2 weeks contacts? Usually the 2 weeks are cheaper and the monthlys are a little more expenisve only because they last you longer.

Post # 29
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I order my contacts at Costco. They’re $15 a box. Luckily, I have the same prescription in both eyes so I don’t have to fuss with two different boxes. Although, I’m not sure having -9.5 in both eyes is luck though. I highly recommend Costco. They’re cheap and quick. They stock a lot of prescriptions there but my blind self has to be *special* and get her prescription ordered. 

I’ve ordered glasses there too for years and have had no problems. Costco for the win!

Post # 31
1 posts

Wow, that same thing happened to me. I started trying to get my contacts online. I did manage to find a stite that was pretty inexpensive and still offered all of the brands that my Opthamologist recommended. It is http://EnhanceMyVision.net

I even got 10 dollars off my first order. That made a big difference. Also- I wish I had the same prescription in both eyes! That seems so easy!

Good luck! And I hope you find contacts that are super comfortable AND don’t break the bank!


Monroe, LA

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