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Coastal Contacts vs Lens Direct

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COASTAL CONTACTS

With a motto of Best price, Best service, Best shopping experience, Coastal Contacts sets the bar pretty high for themselves. Perhaps surprisingly, we found they deliver on their promise - and more.

The Coastal Contacts website is extremely easy to navigate. You can search by brand, type of lens, most popular contacts or view their offerings alphabetically. With so many options, we easily found what we were looking for. For each brand of lenses, Coastal Contacts guides you through a step-by-step process of how to order the contacts. From questions as basic as where to find your prescription on the box, they walk you through each option when placing your order.

One feature we especially like is Coastal Contact's Lowest Price Guarantee. While their prices were consistently low across the board on all brands of contacts, the guarantee means that you will always receive the lowest price for any contact lens. This is an extremely consumer-friendly feature and one that we found unique to Coastal Contacts.

When placing your order, Coastal Contacts offers several payment options - including a convenient Buy Now / Pay Later option available to all consumers. You can also pay in several other ways, such as online with a credit card, ePay, by phone, or by check.

Coastal Contacts boasts the second largest on-hand inventory of contact lenses, which speaks volumes for their dedication and explains why they're able to offer such low prices. You can expect to receive your order in a timely manner, because of a high volume of inventory stored in their personal warehouses.

A toll-free customer service phone number is provided so you can easily get in touch with a live person if necessary. Alternatively, you can e-mail your questions or concerns to their support area. We found their service people to be knowledgeable and friendly when answering our questions.

Do you often forget to order more contact lenses before its too late? Coastal Contacts offers a very convenient refill reminder option. If selected, Coastal Contacts will e-mail you a reminder with plenty of time to order and receive your contacts before that last pair runs dry. Initiating the refill is as easy as clicking on the "Refill my Contacts" button. You then simply fill out their e-mail address and zip code for confirmation. For people on the go (and who isn't?), we found this feature invaluable.

Coastal Contacts has a very consumer-friendly return policy - one of the best in our review. They offer refunds or exchanges on unopened boxes that are returned within 30 days of delivery.

In addition to contact lenses, Coastal Contacts also offers a complete line of accessories including lens cases, solution, sunglasses, and more. They are your one stop shop for all of your eyecare needs.

With a huge inventory to choose from, a low price guarantee, easy ordering procedure, and valuable reminder service, Coastal Contacts sets the standard for contact lens stores and earns our highest rating.

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LENS DIRECT

Lens Direct has been in the business of selling contact lenses for over 25 years. The brands available at this online contact lens company include 13 of the top choices including Acuvue, Proclear, Focus, FreshLook, Air Optix, Biofinity, SofLens, Pure Vision and a few more. Lens Direct offers customers an impressive return policy and free shipping but bring your patience with their search engine.

The first feature that stood out at Lens Direct was the selection. While shoppers will find the most popular brands at Lens Direct the list is rather short. In fact, Lens Direct appears to have the smallest selection of any companies reviewed. We also struggled a bit with the search engine. The best way to peruse their offerings is to "See All Brands". From there, customers can choose from 13 different brands to find the contacts they may be looking for. However, if you aren't currently wearing one of the most popular brands than it's unlikely they will have what you're looking for.

Lens Direct does provide the most impressive return policy of the companies reviewed. Return your unopened, undamaged, in original packaging products within 365 days of purchase for a full refund. If any questions come up during the ordering process this company provides phone, email and chat support to assist.

The prices at Lens Direct are competitive compared to other companies reviewed. They don't offer the lowest prices but they are not far off. However, we did see that they don't require a multi-box purchase to save at this website. But, if you do, you'll find a marginally better price for purchases of 8 boxes or more, per order.

Lens Direct has established a rather simple, straightforward company model. Their selection is small yet includes the most popular brands. Their prices are competitive and you don't have to buy large quantities to save. Also, their extended return policy and free shipping are a bonus for shoppers. For those that use contact lenses made by only the top brands, Lens Direct is worth a look.

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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 Coastal Contacts and Lens Direct.

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

Contact lens users warned after outbreak of rare infection that can cause blindness

People who wear contact lenses are being warned about an outbreak of a rare infection which can cause blindness. Moorfields Eye Hospital in London says it has seen a rise in the number of cases of ...

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Eye infection in contact lens wearers can cause blindness

A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study. The research team found a threefold increase in Acanthamoeb...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:43:00 GMT



How to prevent yourself from going blind if you wear contact lenses

Contact lens wearers have been urged to look after their eyes following an outbreak of a rare infection which can cause blindness. There has been a rise in the number of cases of Acanthamoeba ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:09:00 GMT



Ongoing outbreak of rare eye infection found among contact lens wearers

An ongoing outbreak of a rare eye infection has been discovered in contact lens wearers in the UK, a new study reveals. Researchers at University College London found that rates of Acanthamoeba ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:08:00 GMT



Showering With Your Contact Lenses In Could Lead To This Infection

If you shower or swim while wearing contact lenses you could be at risk of a rare infection that can cause blindness, researchers have warned. A study from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and Univer...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:16:00 GMT



Outbreak of eye infection in contact lens wearers "˜threatens to leave you blind'

Cases of the preventable bacterial infection have risen three-fold in the south east of England since 2011, according to experts from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Contact lens wearers are the mo...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:28:00 GMT



What happens when you sleep in your contacts

We spoke to an eye surgeon to find out. Following is a transcript of the video. Irina Belinsky: Some contact lens brands say that it's okay to sleep in them, but as a general rule, it's really not. Co...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:17:00 GMT



Ask an expert: What age can a child start wearing contact lenses

My 10-year-old daughter has just been told she needs to wear glasses and she's very upset about it. At what age can she start wearing contact lenses Dr Nigel Best, clinical spokesperson for Specsaver...

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