Statistics show that 15% of US residents wear contacts. Most of the health insurance plans do not cover eye care and even when they do, contact lenses are rarely included. That means contact lenses are fairly costly for consumers. I have researched and found some sources to buy low priced contacts.

Your Optometrist

Local optometrist may offer reasonably priced contact lenses. Check with your doctor if he/she can arrange your contacts. The benefits of buying contacts from an eye specialist are that you don’t have to wait for shipping and your doctor is readily available if you experience any problem with the lenses.

Optometrists usually sell low priced contacts and the price may drop if you buy in bulk. That is why some people feel that optometrist’s offices are the best place to order contact lenses. Ask your eye doctor for a quote.

Optical Chains

Some of the optical chains in the US, like LensCrafters and Pearle Vision, also offer cheap contacts. They take the benefit of large scale buying and offer customers lenses at a very reasonable price. An added advantage is that you can get your eyes checked by their staff. If you have prescription ready, you will get cheap contacts in no time. Depending upon the brand you choose, here are the prices they charge:

LensCrafters

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $67.95

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $110.00

Focus Dailies (30 pack): $31.95

Focus Dailies (90 pack): $65.00

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $67.50

Biofinity Toric (6 pack): $57.50

Dailies Total 1 (30 pack): $40.00

Dailies Total 1 (90 pack): $115.00

Frequency 55 Sphere (6 pack): $36.95

Frequency 55 Aspheric (6 pack): $40.95

Pharmacies

A departmental drug retailer (e.g. Walgreens) may be the cheapest way to get contact lenses for you, depending upon what is nearby. These stores have special departments for lenses and glasses with expert personnel to advise you on any eye care related matters. Some of the optical chains have their branches in these stores. Walmart and Costco also have such departments in their physical stores.

Walgreens

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $70.00

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $114.50

Focus Dailies (90 pack): $63.99

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $66.99

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (12 lenses): $140.00

Bausch & Lomb Soflens Daily Disposable (90 pack): $49.99

Walmart

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $70.00

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $114.50

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $67.50

Dailies Total 1 (30 pack): $39.00

Dailies Total 1 (90 pack): $95.00

Online Retailers

Now let’s explore the most popular source of buying cheap contacts: online. The advantage is that the shops are open 24/7, 365 days and you can compare many such stores before you decide to buy from a particular retailer. However, if you need lenses immediately, they are not good choice at all.

Vision Direct

The company offers a wide variety of contact lenses. Be it reputable brands like Acuvue Oasys and Air Optix or less popular brands like Focus and Freshlook, Vision Direct has something for every customer. It is widely known for the quality of its low priced contacts and also for its customer service.

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $70.00

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $114.50

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $48.99

Dailies Total 1 (30 pack): $39.00

Dailies Total 1 (90 pack): $95.00

Frequency 55 Sphere (6 pack): $20.99

Frequency 55 Aspheric (6 pack): $23.99

Coastal

This online store is a preferred destination for buying low price contacts due to the rebates on contacts prices and free shipping option. On their website, you will find different brands of cheap contacts.  Their customer support is also efficient but lacks live chat.

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $67.50

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $110.00

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $59.99

Focus Dailies (90 pack): $53.95

Biofinity (6 pack): $34.99

1-800 Contacts

This company is reputed for providing cheap contacts. The company aims at 100% customer satisfaction which is reflected in their return and exchange policies. Its customer care representatives are available via e-mail, phone and live chat. Contacts of almost all the reputed brands can be found on their on their online store.

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $70.00

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $139.50

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $69.99

Biofinity Toric (6 pack): $69.99

Focus Dailies (30 pack): $31.99

Focus Dailies (90 pack): $64.99

Dailies Total 1 (30 pack): $38.00

Dailies Total 1 (90 pack): $94.00

Bausch & Lomb Soflens Daily Disposable (90 pack): $49.99

Discount Contact Lenses

The online store offers wide choices of contacts at affordable price. I personally feel that the website is not very organized. Nevertheless, you will be able to find low priced contacts of your favorite brand on their website. Company’s customer support is also helpful.

Acuvue Oasys (12 pack): $70.00

Acuvue Oasys (24 pack): $114.50

Air Optix Night & Day Aqua (6 pack): $51.95

Bausch & Lomb Soflens Daily Disposable (90 pack): $41.95

Biofinity Toric (6 pack): $45.95

Dailies Total 1 (30 pack): $41.00

Dailies Total 1 (90 pack): $95.00

Frequency 55 Sphere (6 pack): $22.95

Frequency 55 Aspheric (6 pack): $25.95

Bausch & Lomb Soflens Daily Disposable (90 pack): $41.95

Now as we have explored almost all sources, the obvious question comes: which is the cheapest place to get contacts?

To be honest, it is really difficult to point to one single source as the cheapest. Most of the providers, online or offline, offer discounts on the prices at some time or other. As a result, relative prices vary and it is not possible to ascertain a particular store as best place to order contact lenses or best site to buy contact lenses. It is wise to evaluate all the available sellers of contacts in order to find cheap contacts.