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AC Lens vs America's Best

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AC LENS

AC Lens started back in 1995 when the Internet was growing in popularity. This retailer has grown dramatically since their inception and continues to service customers with pride. Shoppers will find a decent contact lens, eyeglasses, reading and sunglass selection. AC Lens concentrates on providing customers the most popular contact lens today. Their inventory is made up of the top 15 brands from 4 different manufacturers including Acuvue, Proclear, PureVision, SofLens, Biofinity and more.

In our comparison of AC Lens' contact lens prices to those of the other companies we reviewed we found, with a large order, the prices were about middle of the road for those brands sampled. Customers buying 6 boxes or more are able to save a few dollars per box in most cases. The website is busy but easy to navigate. Shoppers can find what they are looking for by choosing contact lens brand, type, or manufacturer. The results do require some sorting through by popularity. Once you've found the contact brand and type in question you may update the prescription details, quantity and checkout.

AC Lens provides ordering tracking per their website as well as free ground shipping on orders of $99 or more. Customers may return their unopened and unused products within 30 days for a full refund minus any shipping. If questions arise, the company offers assistance via phone 7 days a week.

While the prices at AC Lens are not the most competitive, customers will appreciate the long history this company has under their belt as well as an easy shopping and ordering process. We liked that AC Lens staffs customer service representatives 7 days a week for assistance. While the selection is more limited than some of the other companies reviewed shoppers will find the most popular brands sold today.

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AMERICA'S BEST

America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses is a pretty familiar name for most of us. Plentiful commercials and marketing efforts have been engraved in our minds for years. This company sells eyeglasses as well as contact lenses and typically markets themselves as a discount store where value may supersede customer service, in some cases. America's Best has moved their mall presences to the Internet and offers customers a chance to shop online, from the comfort of their home.

Shoppers will find only a handful of contact brands at America's Best. Acuvue, Air Optix, SofLens, Focus, Proclear and more are the most popular brands today and are sold at this online retailer. Navigating the website and their smaller selection is pretty standard. Shoppers may choose from 1 of their 11 contact brands or they may shop by type of lens.

Our sample price comparison between America's Best and the competition presented some interesting results. The standard pricing at America's Best was much higher than the discount stores we had found. However, a savings opportunity exists at America's Best in their membership options. A 3 year membership for $99.00 or a 5 year for $139 provides shoppers the option to save typically $5 to $7 per box of contacts. But, the discounted membership prices still didn't provide a savings over other companies we reviewed.

America's Best does offer a 30 day money back return policy for unopened and unused items in original packaging. Standard ground shipping is available for orders totaling $50 or more. This website also offers customer service assistance via phone call but only Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 6:00 EST which may not meet the needs of most employed shoppers.

America's Best ranked low due to their pricing. The website provides a smaller selection than most companies reviewed and they really lack the value they claim to focus on. After spending nearly $100 for membership pricing, the contact lenses are more expensive than most companies reviewed. Customers will actually pay more here and never recoup the membership fees. If you're looking for an extensive selection of contact lenses at great prices we recommend you shopper higher on our list.

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Contact Lens Stores

To help you find the Best Contact Lens Stores, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of AC Lens and America's Best.

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.

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?

TopConsumerReviews.com 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.

 



Contact Lenses In The News

Alphabet stops its project to create a glucose-measuring contact lens for diabetes patients

In a show of transparency, Verily posted a blog post on Friday explaining why it is hitting the pause button on its glucose-sensing contact lens. The project was first announced in 2014, back when Ver...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:35:00 GMT



Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

An ambitious project to make contact lenses that could track glucose levels for people with diabetes has been shelved, with Alphabet's Verily admitting the technology just wasn't up to scratch yet. Th...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:01:00 GMT



Google sister company puts glucose-sensing contact lenses on hold

Alphabet's life sciences arm, Verily, is putting a hold on its work with glucose-sensing contact lenses, Chief Technical Officer Brian Otis said in a blog post Friday. Verily, part of Google parent co...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:16:00 GMT



Texas sues contact-lens retailer in Bexar court

The state has filed a lawsuit in San Antonio accusing an online retailer of breaking the law by selling contact lenses to consumers without prescriptions. It marks the second time in 17 months that Te...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:05:00 GMT



Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project

(Reuters) - Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact lens designed to help ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:01:00 GMT



Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

In 2014, Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose levels in tears. The idea being that diabetics would have an easier, les...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:01:00 GMT



Monthly Disposable Contact Lens Market boosting the growth Worldwide: Market dynamics and trends, efficiencies Forecast 2025

Global Monthly Disposable Contact Lens Market Report provides current scenario, opportunities, restraints, drivers and the growth forecasts of the market for 2018-2025. The Monthly Disposable Contact ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:56:00 GMT



After five years, Verily shelves project to create glucose-sensing contact lens

SAN FRANCISCO - Verily, the life sciences-focused Google offshoot, has shelved the ambitious project to develop a glucose-sensing contact lens that inspired its founding. In a blog post on Friday, Ver...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:02:00 GMT



Bausch + Lomb Reports More Than Five Million Units Of Contact Lens Materials Recycled By Second Anniversary Of ONE By ONE Recycling Program

"Up until two years ago, there wasn't a program that allowed contact lens wearers to properly dispose of or recycle their contact lens materials without ensuring they did not end up in our environment ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:14:00 GMT




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