Is it Really Cheaper to Buy Contact Lenses Online?

by | Mar 7, 2024 | General | 0 comments

Thinking about getting contact lenses, but not sure whether to buy them online or from an optometrist? You came to the right place. Let’s consider the pros and cons of both methods and see where the facts lead us.

Buying Contact Lenses from an Optometrist Vs. Online Retailers

It’s great that you’re considering contact lenses. There are pros and cons to both buying options, but as you might guess, we find ourselves leading a certain way. Buying from an optometrist has many advantages, such as personalized care and professional guidance. We can assess your eye health, determine the right prescription, and provide ongoing support.

Makes sense, right?  But we get it– it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience and potentially lower prices online. What’s the benefit of getting them from an optometrist?

When you buy from an optometrist, you’re ensuring that the lenses are tailored to your specific needs. We can conduct a thorough eye exam to check for any underlying issues and make adjustments to your prescription if necessary.

We hear it all the time from our patients– they tried ordering contacts online, hoping to save money and time, and instead, it cost them more of both. They end up receiving the wrong prescription or uncomfortable lenses that they just couldn’t live with. 

When you purchase from us, we take the time to fit the lenses properly. Everyone’s eyes are unique, and factors like the shape and moisture level can affect how a lens sits on the eye. We also guide proper lens care and can address any concerns or discomfort you may experience.

But we hear you– there’s no arguing with those prices, right? Some online deals are just too good to pass up and seem too good to be true.

We thought so too. That’s why recently, Dr. Gowen did a little online research himself. 

Dr Gowen, Private Eye Doctor, Goes Undercover to Research Online Prices

Dr. Gowen started an order at an online contact lens seller that usually advertises the cheapest prices on Google, even cheaper than our practice pays wholesale. All together, it looked like the price for a box of contacts should come for about half the price that we sell them for. So far so good, right? 

But once the order was submitted, the online retailer added on $10 for shipping, and $99 for “Taxes and Fees.” There goes the savings!

After all that monkey business, the total amount collected from the customer was a rounding error away from the price you’d pay at Joseph Gowen O.D. & Associates, but without any of the care, quality assurance, or personal touch you get from a real optometrist.

The Verdict: Joseph Gowen O.D. & Associates is Pueblo’s Best Contact Lens Supplier

So, should you buy contact lenses online or from an optometrist? 

If you ask us, it’s worth it to prioritize the overall experience and care over potentially saving a few bucks. When you work with us at Joseph Gowen O.D. & Associates, you’ll get the right fit and the right prescription for the right price.

Schedule an appointment today to make sure you get the right lenses for your eyes.