Contact Lenses Cost £7,000 Over Life Time (Tricks to Save)
New research shows glasses and contact lenses can cost customers up to £7,000 in a lifetime.
To save money, savvy bargain hunters have switched to purchasing online which is almost 45% cheaper.
Vision Direct, a leading online supplier of glasses and contact lenses, was found to be up to 45% cheaper than high street equivalents.
The website offers a price comparison between its in stock contact lenses and those sold on the high street.
You can see what you're saving by getting lenses online instead of in brick-and-mortar stores.
There can be a huge range in the price of the same brand of contact lenses, with factors like quantity and where you purchase them from having the biggest impact on the cost.
Buying in bulk online is one good way to save money on contact lenses. Vision Direct offer free postage on orders over £49, so buying a large amount of lenses in one go is cheaper than buying packs individually.
Vouchers, codes, and discounts can also be found online, which will save customers money on their lenses.
Vision Direct offer 10% off your first order of lenses with the code ‘SURPRISE’, and other deals can be found on its page on Latest Deals.
Regular check ups help to look-after your eyes, and can ensure that you are buying the right type of lense, which is especially important when buying online.
When visiting the optician, you have the right to get a copy of your prescription from your optician, even if you decide not to get your lenses through them.
Consumers can then use the prescription to take to a more affordable online retailer like Vision Direct, and lenses can be bought this way.
Taking time to find out the real names for an opticians own brand of lenses vs a high street equivalent can also be a way to save money.
When your optician prescribes you their own brand lenses, they are actually just repackaged versions of popular contact lenses, which can be bought online for a lower price.
This chart can help you find a more affordable equivalent on commonly prescribed lenses on Vision Direct.
Customers should also be wary of monthly schemes that are offered in high street stores.
A monthly direct debit scheme from a high street optician may appear competitive, as they offer lenses, solution, and aftercare appointments of a fixed monthly fee.
However, this can usually be beaten by buying the products online, and then paying for eye appointments separately when needed.