No Prescription Needed

Can I buy contact lenses online without a prescription?

  • You don’t need to send us a prescription to order your contacts; if you know your details you can simply purchase your lenses through our website, and your order will be placed immediately and shipped in just 5-7 working days.

  • When ordering contacts without a prescription, check the details you enter against your most recent box of contact lenses or prescription. Your eye doctor should provide you your prescription details as soon as your eye test is completed. If you don't have your written prescription to hand, our simple guide to understanding your contact lens prescription will give you all the information you need before you buy.

  • You can send us a copy of your prescription if you prefer. If you do, we’ll confirm it with your eye doctor. This may delay your delivery by 2-3 days, but can be good reassurance if you think your prescription might have changed.

  • When you buy 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 your lenses have the necessary correction power needed, and that they fit your eyes comfortably.

Order contact lenses to the US without an RX

Order contact lenses to the US without an RX

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 contact lenses.

Having your prescription verified can be a huge waste of time and money when your prescription hasn’t changed. If you’re confident in your prescription, we allow you to order contact lenses immediately online by simply checking the details on your current prescription or on your lens box.

Ordering contact lenses online at visiondirect.co.uk is the cheapest, most convenient and quickest way to get contact lenses delivered direct to your door.

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How to read your contact lens prescription

If you need any help finding the prescription of your lenses, read our guide to understanding your contact lens prescription or watch the video below.

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Prescription FAQs

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 order without verifying your prescription you'll get your lenses quicker. 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? Chances are they’re answered below:

  • How do I get my prescription?

    Your eye doctor should provide you with a copy of your prescription/RX. In the US, once a contact lens fitting has been completed, you have the automatic and unconditional right to a copy of your RX as stated in the Fairness to contact lens consumers act.

  • Do I have to sign a waiver to receive my prescription?

    Absolutely not, if the eye doctor withholds your prescription it’s 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.

  • 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. 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 can 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, however 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 a new eye test to get my 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. 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 test every ​2 years, this allows you to see if your prescription has changed and to detect early indications of eye conditions and even 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 urge wearers to try a variety 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 might 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 trialing new lenses until you find something you can wear comfortably all day.

You can get in touch via our web chat or give us a call on 1 800 870 0741 for US customers or 020 7768 5000 for UK customers. Our customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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