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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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LENS PURE

Canada-based LensPure carries the top brands of contact lenses - Acuvue, Bausch + Lomb, CooperVision, and several others. Selection is somewhat limited, even among those brands. For example, when we looked under the Air Optix brand, there were no products listed, while Bausch + Lomb had a total of four different types of lenses to choose from.

At the time of our review, they were offering a 10% discount on all purchases or $10 off and free shipping for new customers. This discount would come in handy, as their prices were consistently higher than many other retailer's. On one set of monthly lenses, their prices were 30% more than the top three online contact lens stores.

Two other details jumped out at us as we considered LensPure compared with other retailers of contact lenses. First, payments are processed strictly through PayPal. That means that you can pay with a credit card, but you'll have to go through the PayPal site to do so. That gave us the impression that LensPure is not one of the bigger players in the contact lens industry, given that they're not set up to accept credit card payments directly. Second, LensPure is based out of British Columbia, Canada - which could lead to challenges if a purchase needs to be returned because of damage during shipping or a product shipped in error. If you've already paid $10.50 for shipping - the standard fee for all orders under $78 - you probably won't want to pay that a second time to return a product.

Overall, LensPure didn't have the polished look and feel of an established retailer of contact lenses, and their small selection might leave some customers without the products they need.

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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 Lens Pure.

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 unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project

(Reuters) - Alphabet 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 monitor sugar ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:03:00 GMT



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 its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

The lenses haven't been able to reliably measure glucose in tears. In 2014, Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose level...

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



Google sister company puts glucose-sensing contact lens project on hold

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

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



Alphabet's Verily Halts Diabetes-Detecting Contact Lens Project

Alphabet Inc.'s experimental medical technology unit Verily halted one of its longest-running projects on Friday: the development of a contact lens that measures glucose levels of people with diabetes ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:43:00 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 ...

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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




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