VisionDirect.co.uk makes it easy for you to order your contact lenses with or without a prescription. If you're confident that you know your contact lens specifications, we trust you to order the right lenses for your eyes. Use our simple guide on finding your contact lens prescription to make sure you have all the details you need.
If at any time you do need to get in touch with the team at Vision Direct simply give us a call on our US number: 1 800 870 0741, or ask us a question via our web chat. Our customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Can I buy contact lenses without a prescription?
- You can order with or without sending us your prescription.
- If you order contacts without a prescription, check the details you enter against your most recent box of contact lenses or prescription. Then just proceed through checkout for fast delivery.
- If you want to send us a copy of your prescription, we can check it with your eye doctor. This will take slightly longer, but is good if you want them to check before you order online.
When you buy cheap contact lenses online, you should always enter the details of your most recent prescription. This must have been issued to you in the last two years to ensure that you’ve got the right amount of correction and that they fit comfortably.
You don’t need to send us a prescription to order your contacts; if you know your details you can just enter them on our easy-to-use form and your order will be placed immediately. You can also use your most recent pack of contact lenses to find your details as they’re usually printed on the side of the box. Use our simple guide on finding your contact lens prescription to make sure you have all the information you need before you buy.
If you would like us to check your prescription with your eye doctor, you can send us a picture of it which we’ll contact your optician about. This may take a little bit longer, but it’s a good way of getting peace of mind if you’re unsure.
Ordering from the US
Even if you’re currently living in the US, you can still order contact lenses without your prescription. As above, simply check the details of your order against your contact lens box or the prescription your optician has provided. Click below for more information on shipping contact lenses to the USA, this includes costs and delivery times.
Ordering contact lenses online is the cheapest, most convenient and quickest way to get contact lenses delivered direct to your door.
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Easy ways to order your contact lenses from VisionDirect.co.uk:
1. Buy the contact lenses that your optician has prescribed without your prescription
Ordering cheap contact lenses with no prescription through VisionDirect.co.uk is simple. Just ensure you check the details of your order against your contact lens box or the prescription given to you by your optician. Once you're confident the details are correct, simply proceed through checkout.
It's good practice to have an eye test every year, to see if your prescription has changed and to detect early indications of eye conditions or even diabetes. Don't self-prescribe, and always stick to the recommendations of a professional. Any experiments with different lenses are best arranged in consultation with an optician. You shouldn't order contacts with an expired prescription, the details you enter online should be from the last 2 years.
How to read your contact lens prescription
If you need any help finding the prescription of your lenses please visit this page: Understanding your contact lens prescription
2. Ask us to check your prescription with your optician
One great way of providing reassurance that your order is correct is to enter the details of your optician when you register. We'll contact them by phone and check that your order matches your prescription. We have plenty of experience in consulting opticians, and there's very rarely an issue with us making an approach.
Requesting your prescription
Contact lens prescriptions all have a recall date, which varies depending on the person and the type of lenses they wear, so it's important to check this before you order. We recommend visiting your eye doctor at least once a year to find out if your eyesight has altered at all. Remember though, you don’t have to purchase a box of lenses from an opticians just because you had your eyes tested there.
Once a contact lens fitting has been completed, everyone has an automatic and unconditional right to their own prescription. Whether you ask for it or not, your eye doctor should provide you with a copy of your prescription without any extra fee or the need to sign a form.
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Common prescription Myths
There are a few common myths that often stop people from pushing to get a copy of their contact lens prescription. In fact, some opticians may even play into these myths in order to keep you from purchasing anywhere but their own store. We’ve lined up a few of them below for you to watch out for.
You must wait until the fitting process is over.
While this is completely true for new customers who are trying on lenses for the very first time, those who are just coming in for a check-up should always have access to their prescription. However, if you are trying a new type of lens, you will need to wait until the end of your trial to get signed off and be given your new specification. First time customers should try out lenses for a while and see what size and shape of lens they are comfortable with before they go ahead and purchase.
Prescription lengths can vary.
A prescription's length varies depending on the lens type, how long they have been worn and other factors, however many will be valid for up to two years. While we recommend visiting your optician at least once a year, most people will be comfortable using the same lenses for well beyond that length of time.
You need a new eye test to get your prescription.
If you can’t find your prescription, as long as it is still valid, there’s no need to go through another eye test in order to get a new copy. You can ask for your prescription whenever you need it and as many times as you like.
You must sign a waiver to receive your prescription.
This just isn’t true. Your optician should provide you your own prescription without the need to sign any kind of form or waiver, and withholding it until you have is often simply a scare tactic to make you think you are doing something wrong. It is also completely illegal to charge a fee to release your prescription, you should only be charged for having an eye test or purchasing lenses.
Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act
The FCLCA is a United States federal law that offers US consumers the right to their contact lens prescription, and increases their ability to choose where to shop for their lenses. It also enforces more rules on opticians and lens sellers, ensuring the market for lenses stays fair as well as competitive.
This means US citizens have complete freedom of choice and the price of lenses will remain competitive. It also means that anyone who is permitted to issue a contact lens prescription, including ophthalmologists, optometrists and licensed opticians, must give you a copy of your prescription, even if you don’t ask for it.
You can find a copy of the act at congress.gov, or simply click here to find out more about it.
Because you have the right to choose where you get your contacts from, you can save money by ordering cheap contact lenses online. We’re able to offer better prices than the eye doctor and stock a wide range of high quality contacts for you to discover, ensuring that you can get the best value for money when you’re looking to buy cheap contact lenses.