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Best Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses are often the number one choice for people with vision correction needs. Besides offering flexibility and convenience, contact lenses come with a variety of types and features, catering to consumer's needs.

Which kind of contact lenses are right for you? Many people are surprised by the large variety of contact lenses that are available. From soft contact lenses, to extended wear lenses, to disposables, each type of contact lens has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Continue reading below reviews


Contact Lens Store Reviews

5 stars
Coastal Contacts

COASTAL Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Coastal Contacts delivers on their promise of Best price, Best service, and Best shopping experience. With an easy to navigate website, a step-by-step description of how to order the correct contact lenses, and a reminder service available to all consumers, Coastal Contacts earns our highest rating. Read More... Visit

4.5 stars
Contact Lens King


Shoppers will find that Contact Lens King offers a huge selection of in-stock contact lens options at some of the best prices available online. With many brand choices, shoppers can even save more on large purchases. Free shipping and a 30 day return policy are other customer friendly policies found at this website. If saving money on your contact lens is important, than Contact Lens King is worth your consideration.
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4 stars
AC Lens


AC Lens is a long standing company that offers the most popular contacts lens, sunglasses, reading glasses and more. AC Lens doesn't have the largest inventory of contact lens but does provide the most popular choices available today. The prices here are about middle of the road, especially when larger quantities are purchased. Free shipping on orders of $99 or greater as well as a 30 day return policy and 7 days a week customer service assistance are positives at this contact lens retailer. Read More... Visit

4 stars
1 800 Get Lens

1 800 GET LENS

1-800 Get Lens ranks well as an online contact lens provider. They stock a variety of products and offer customer service that is better than average. For people new to contact lenses, they have a very detailed and helpful FAQ section. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars
Discount Contact Lenses


Discount Contact Lenses, a division of AC Lens, has a long history of servicing contact lens customers. Also, Discount Contact Lenses doesn't provide the most abundant inventory of contact lens but does provide the most popular choices sold today. We couldn't find a huge savings opportunity at this online retailer, despite the name. Along with the strong history, free shipping on orders of $99 or greater as well as a 30 day return policy and extended customer service hours are positives when shopping here.
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3.5 stars
Lens Direct


Lens Direct has many years under their belt of selling contact lenses sold by the top brands. The search engine is a bit clunky but the return policy is impressive and makes up for any awkward navigation. We also found the pricing to be competitive across the board and liked that we didn't have to buy a large quantity to save. Despite the limited selection, Lens Direct is a decent online contact lens retailer. Read More... Visit

3 stars
Just Lenses


Just Lenses provides an average website with ordinary features that are found on all of their competitor's websites. Unfortunately for Just Lenses, their higher handling fees means customers can find the same products on other websites for a lower price. Read More... Visit

2.5 stars


A harsh color palette and confusing website experience proves to be a tough distraction for internet shoppers. Unfortunately the overwhelming experience can't compensate for some useful features.
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2.5 stars
Lens Pure


Canadian retailer LensPure offers a somewhat limited selection of contact lenses, and prices are often higher than their competitors. However, shoppers will find regular discounts that can make a contact lens purchase much more affordable than LensPure’s regular prices.
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2.5 stars
America's Best


America's Best Contact and Eyeglasses are often found in a mall location where value priced eye exams and eyeglasses are the focus. They also offer a website selling a smaller selection of contact lenses that include many of the most popular brands sold today. We were disappointed that America's Best didn't have great pricing and also attempted to lure us in with an expensive membership that didn't equate to any additional savings.
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2 stars
Contacts America


With obvious and annoying technical difficulties, and flashy overwhelming colors, Contacts America needs to step up their game if they are going to gain momentum in the contact lens business. Their competitors easily trump what Contacts America offers to their consumers.
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Continued from above

There are a great many reasons why people choose to wear contact lenses over traditional eyeglasses. Some of these reasons include:

  • They allow a natural field of view, unobstructed by eyeglass frames
  • They do not fog up or get splattered by rain
  • They generally offer better sight correction than eyeglasses
  • Many people feel they look better and more natural in contacts than in eyeglasses

For your convenience, we've put together this contact lens cheat sheet that describes some of the different types of contact lenses and what you should expect from each one.

In addition to deciding which type of contact lens is right for you, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding where to purchase your contact lenses. Some of these factors include:

  • Variety.  Does the store offer the type of contact lens you need, with the features you want?
  • Cost.  Does the store consistently offer competitive rates for the contact lenses they sell?
  • Guarantee.  If you aren't happy with the product, can you return it for a refund? has reviewed and ranked the best contact lens stores available today. We hope this information helps you save time and money when purchasing your next set of contact lenses!

The Latest Trends in Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have come a long way since the earliest blown-glass creations in the late 1880's. It was not until the 1950's that lenses were crafted that could be worn all day. Even so, lenses were fragile and expensive, and contact lens insurance was common.

The cornea in the eye does not contain blood vessels, so oxygen must be directly absorbed by the cornea from the air. In the late 1970's, doctors developed rigid gas permeable lenses that allow oxygen to pass through the lens material. Also in the 1970's, chemists developed contact lenses made from soft, flexible material, and these have become the most popular types.

Current contact lens research is involved in finding ways to increase oxygen transference to the cornea. Scientists are also working on ways to include antimicrobial ingredients in the lenses themselves. This helps with the identification and prevention of conditions resulting from contamination by foreign organisms and reduces bacterial infection.

Contact lenses must be periodically cleaned, then rinsed and disinfected before reuse. Lenses must also be stored in a liquid solution when not being used, for example overnight. In the past, each of these functions was performed by a separate formulation. More recently, multipurpose cleaning solutions have been developed that perform all these functions. There are even devices that clean and disinfect lenses using ultrasonic, ultraviolet, or vibration. The latest multipurpose solutions are effective against bacterial and fungal growth, and include ingredients to increase surface moisture and provide greater comfort to lens wearers.

Other areas of patient compliance also present a challenge. For example, if lenses designed for daily wear are worn overnight, there is an increased risk of corneal infection. The use of daily disposable lenses helps reduce contamination by inadequate cleaning or improper storage. A lens case lined with silver has been developed to help eliminate germs that might come in contact with the lens case.

Perhaps the most radical and exciting development in contact lenses is the work being done to create "bionic lenses". Still in the testing stage, these lenses include electronic circuits and infrared lights incorporated into the lens material itself to create a virtual display similar to a heads-up display in modern aircraft. Scientists are experimenting with using radio signals to power the lenses instead of conventional power sources, like batteries. With a built-in antenna, these lenses could communicate with a personal computer or other electronic device and be used for playing video games, education, training, or perhaps to provide warnings to people who are hearing-impaired.


New Contact Lenses Deliver Drugs Directly In the Wearer's Eyes

Harvard Medical School researchers have created unique contact lenses that can dispense medication directly into someone's eye over the course of days or weeks. This could be a great help to more than 30 million people in the United States alone who wear ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:50:00 GMT

Are you wearing and caring for your contact lenses properly

Raleigh, N.C. - As many as 45 million people in the U.S. depend on contact lenses to correct their vision, and experts say many of the wearers don't experience problems with the lenses for years. And yet, many contact wearers don't take the necessary ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:11:00 GMT

Industry panel debates extended contact lens wear

NEW YORK - Representatives of the contact lens industry discussed extended wear, comfort, daily disposable and multifocal technology during the Global Contact Lens Forum at Vision Expo East. "The Holy Grail of contact lens wear is not a daily ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:01:00 GMT

Drug delivering contact lenses win MIT's top healthcare innovation prize

Contact lenses that deliver medications directly to the eye over a period of days or weeks was the recent grand prize winner of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize. The MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:39:00 GMT

Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards

Google Lens is a handy little tool. Announced at Google I/O 2017, Lens is essentially a visual search engine. Take a picture with your phone, and Google will do some clever analysis and provide insights into what you're looking at. Now, it's getting ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Mar 2018 03:20:00 GMT

Google Lens spreads from Android to iPhone

Point Lens at a landmark or scene, such as the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty, and it will try to identify it and pull up background information online. Point it at a business card, meanwhile, and it will attempt to extract the pertinent contact details ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:13:00 GMT

CR: Avoid a dangerous contact lens infection

(Consumer Reports) Some 45 million people in the U.S. depend on contact lenses to correct their vision. While contacts are overall very safe, not caring properly for the lenses can lead to eye infections, some of them quite serious. Consumer Reports has ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:03:00 GMT

iPhone Fans using Google Photos can now try the Preview of Google Lens, a Cool On-Demand Object Recognition Tool

When you use Lens on a photo that has phone numbers or an address, you can automatically save this information as a contact on your phone, while events will be added to your calendar." It's definitely a cool app and one I hope that Apple will mirror in ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:06:00 GMT

Contact lenses with built-in biofuel cells

In Ireland, researchers from the University of Limerick have modified nanoporous gold electrodes using lactate oxidase and bilirubin oxidase to create a flexible enzymatic biofuel cell (FEBC) that could provide autonomous power supply for wearable ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:46:00 GMT

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