Order contacts to the US without an Rx
Ordering contacts online at VisionDirect.co.uk is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to get contact lenses delivered direct to your door. If you live in the US, ordering contact lenses can be a major headache. However, when ordering through Vision Direct, there’s no need to have your prescription verified by the eye doctor before buying your contacts.
Want to order contact lenses without a prescription?
It’s super simple, our quick ordering process and easy-to-use website mean you’ll be able to purchase your lenses in a matter of minutes. You don’t even need your Rx when ordering, which saves you time. Plus, our award-winning customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are happy to help.
We like to make sure all of our customers are satisfied, so please call us if you have any questions or need assistance with ordering your lenses or understanding your prescription.
Call us today on 1 800 870 0741 for US customers or 020 7768 5000 for UK customers, or get in touch via web chat.
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Can I order contacts online without a prescription?
- No Rx? No problem. If you know your prescription details, you can order from us today. Your order will be processed and you can expect your lenses within 5-7 working days.
- Your prescription can be found on your most recent box of lenses. If you're not sure where to find your Rx, follow our helpful guide.
- If you prefer, you can send us a copy of your prescription. If you do, we'll confirm it with your eye care provider. This may delay your delivery by 2-3 days, but can be good reassurance if you think your prescription might have changed.
- Once your eye exam is complete your eye doctor will be able to provide you with a copy of your prescription. You can then order from us straight away. Our processing and shipping methods are super-fast and easy. You can expect your order within 5-7 days.
- When you order contacts online, you should always use your most recent prescription. This must have been issued to you by your eye doctor in the last two years. This is to ensure your lenses have the necessary correction power needed, and that they fit your eyes comfortably.
How to order contacts to the US without an Rx
The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) gives you the unconditional right to your prescription details, so you can order contacts from the retailer of your choice. This means you don’t have to buy lenses from your eye doctor, but you can save time and money buying contacts online.
In the United States, every citizen should receive a copy of their contact lens prescription on completing an eye test. Some eye doctors will attempt to place barriers in front of you to prevent you from receiving obtaining your Rx. However, your prescription should be willingly given to you by your eye doctor without charge or delay.
Summary of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act
The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) gives all contact lens wearers the following rights:
'When a prescriber completes a contact lens fitting, the prescriber whether or not requested by the patient shall provide to the patient a copy of the contact lens prescription.'
'A prescriber may not require purchase of contact lenses from the prescriber or from another person as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription.'
'A prescriber may not require payment in addition to, or as part of, the fee for an eye examination, fitting, and evaluation as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription.'
*source Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act
How to read your contact lens prescription
If you need any help finding the prescription of your lenses, read our guide to
or watch the video below.
Vision Direct reviews from the USA
Our US customers are some of our happiest, don’t believe us? Check out some of their reviews.
"In the USA, going to an eye doctor every year is expensive. Because of my wife’s eye condition we have to go to a specialist. Vision Direct shipped our order and saved us a ton of money. Very happy!"
Joshua - September 2018
"I ordered from the US and they came right on time, no issues at all. I’m glad I didn’t need to renew my prescription like they want here."
Veronica - February 2019
There are a few common myths that can stop people from pushing to get a copy of their contact lens prescription. In fact, some eye doctors may even play into these myths in order to keep you from purchasing anywhere but their own store.
When placing an order at VisionDirect.co.uk you can choose for us not to verify it, when you choose for us not to verify your prescription you'll get your lenses faster. When you order without verifying your prescription you'll get your lenses faster. To maintain your eye health it's necessary to have an eye test every two years, or as soon as your vision doesn't feel comfortable at your current prescription. Still have questions? Don't worry, we have you covered:
Do I have to sign a waiver to receive my prescription?
Absolutely not, following your eye exam your eye doctor should provide you with a copy of your prescription. You also never have to pay a fee to release your prescription, and should only ever be charged for having an eye exam or purchasing lenses.
Do I have to wait until the fitting process is over to access my prescription?
When you are trying on lenses for the very first time, yes this is true. However, if you’re simply having a check-up, you should have access to your prescription as standard. For wearers trying a new lens, you’ll need to wait until the end of the lens trial to be approved and access your new specification. First-time customers should test their prescribed lenses for a while to understand the size and shape of lens they are comfortable with before committing to a purchase.
Can prescription lengths vary?
Prescription lengths vary depending on the lens type and wearing pattern. However, most will be valid for up to 2 years. We recommend visiting your eye doctor for an eye test every 2 years, although some people will be comfortable using the same lenses for longer. Always consult your eye doctor when you can no longer see comfortably at your current prescription.
Do I need to have another eye exam to get my Rx?
If you can't find your current RX, as long as it is still valid, there's no need to go through another eye exam in order to get a new copy. You can ask for your prescription whenever you need it and request it as many times as you like. Or, simply check the side of your most recent box.
How can I check my prescription and lenses are correct for me?
It's considered good practice to have an eye exam every 2 years, this allows you to see if your prescription has changed and to detect early indications of eye conditions and even other health conditions such as diabetes. However, there's no reason you cannot order contact lenses once your prescription is more than 2 years old, provided that your vision is still clear and you feel confident it's the right prescription for you.
We recommend wearers try a variety of lenses to find the perfect vision and fit. There’s no need to stick to the one brand that your eye doctor recommended as it may not be the most comfortable by the end of the day. It can sometimes take time to find the ideal lens for your eyes and prescription, so be patient and keep trialling new lenses until you find something you can wear comfortably all day.