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Order Contact Lenses Without a Prescription

By September 1, 2017Contacts Advice

Order Contact Lenses Without a Prescription - prescriptionThis article explains how you can order contact lenses without a prescription.

It is now easier than ever to order contact lenses online. However, contact lens websites in the United States are required to verify your prescription before you they ship your order. So what if you don’t have an up to date prescription?

In the absence of an up-to-date doctor-issued prescription for contact lenses, it is still possible to order contact lenses online, however, it is important to consider a few things.

I do not condone ordering contact lenses online without a prescription. I wrote this article simply to explain:

  • How some people order contact lenses without a prescription
  • How some contact lens websites get around the prescription verification process
  • Important things to consider when ordering contact lenses online

*Only order contact lenses that have been approved for you and prescribed by your eye doctor*

Different countries have different regulations surrounding ordering contact lenses online. This article is aimed mostly at people living in the United States of America due to their prescription verification laws.

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How some people order contact lenses without a prescription

So you live in the United States, you’ve run out of contact lenses and you want to re-order them. You’ve searched for the lowest price for your brand (hopefully), but the website requires you to submit an up-to-date contact lens prescription, which you don’t have.

So what do you do? Well, you could:

  • Wait until your next eye check-up to re-order your contact lenses.
  • Make an appointment ASAP with your eye doctor to renew your contact lens prescription.
  • Order contact lenses without a prescription online from a website that doesn’t require one.

Not all websites require you to submit your contact lens prescription in order to order your contact lenses.

Some sites that do not need to verify your prescription:

Can you spot what all the above sites have in common? Yes, they are all based outside of the United States.

VisionDirect.co.uk and DaySoft.com are based in the United Kingdom, ParanaLentes.com is out of Brazil and Contactlens.sg is based in Singapore.

The Global Contact Lens Market

The great thing about contact lens companies like Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson being so big is that you can order their products from pretty much anywhere in the world. As long as you find your exact brand on those sites, you will receive the very same contact lenses that you would from your local eye doctor’s office.

And because the laws in those countries are different than in the United States, they aren’t required to verify your prescription with your eye doctor before you order.


VisionDirect.co.uk is not to be confused with the now shut down site VisionDirect.com or the Austrailian site VisionDirect.com.au. Though they all share a similar name, they have no connection to each other.

In fact, VisionDirect.co.uk use to be known a LensWay.co.uk, but recently re-branded to VisionDirect.co.uk.

Although VisionDirect.co.uk is based in the United Kingdom, they specialize in servicing the US market. You can read more about how you can order contact lenses without a prescription from VisionDirect.co.uk here.

Of all the websites where you can order contact lenses without a prescription, VisionDirect.co.uk has the largest selection of brands and is the most likely to have the exact brand that you’ve you been wearing previously.

Order Contact Lenses Without a Prescription - VisionDirect.co.uk Best Sellers

Some of VisionDirect.co.uk’s best selling brands.


DaySoft is different than the other websites listed where you can order contact lenses without a prescription because they only sell their own brand: DaySoft.daysoft daily disposables

If you’re looking for a very low-cost alternative to your current daily disposable contact lenses, definitely check out DaySoft.com.

They’ve got two different lines:

  • DaySoft Classic
  • DaySoft SILK

Their prices are only a fraction other daily disposable brands, and they don’t need to verify your prescription when you buy from them.


ParanaLentes.com provides a good alternative for those who use to wear the now


discontinued brand of color contact lenses for astigmatism FreshLook ColorBlends Toric.

ParanaLentes.com also offers many of the popular brands from Alcon, Johnson & Johnson, and CooperVision. Not so much from From Bausch + Lomb though.


  • Air Optix plus HydraGlyde
  • Air Optix Aqua
  • Air Optix Night&Day
  • 02 Optix


  • Biofinity
  • Biofinity Toric
  • Avaira
  • Biomedics 55 Evolution

Johnson & Johnson:

  • Acuvue Oasys
  • Acuvue Advance
  • Acuvue 2
  • Acuvue 1-day Moist
  • Acuvue TruEye
  • Acuvue Oasys1-day
  • Acuvue Define

Note: For all toric brands (for astigmatism), ParanaLentes does need to verify your prescription.

ContactLens.sgConvert a Contact Lens Prescription To Glasses - ContactLens.sg Customer

ContactLens.sg is a contact lens website based in Singapore that ships worldwide and does not need to verify your prescription or collect your doctor’s information.

It sells all the common brands from Alcon, CooperVision and Bausch + Lomb, but it does not sell Johnson & Johnson (Acuvue) products.


Important Things to Consider When Ordering Contact Lenses Online

The Prescription (power)

The Sphere and Cylinder values that you enter when ordering contact lenses represent the strength of the contacts.

Needless to say, it is important to order your contact lenses using the correct power. If your contact lens prescription is outdated, or you try to order contact lenses without a prescription, you risk getting lenses that you won’t see very well out of.

Getting the wrong strength in your contact lenses can result in more than just a little bit of blurriness in your vision. Depending on how off the power is, it can lead to eye strain and headaches as well.

The Fit

How well contact lenses fit on your eyes is determined by the base curve (BC) and diameter (DIA) of the lenses.

Ordering contact lenses without a prescription could result in you wearing contact lenses that are too tight, too loose, off-center, etc.

Poorly fitting contact lenses can feel very uncomfortable, but beyond that, they can cause irritation and slowly wear down the health of your eyes.


Are there ways to order contact lenses with a prescription? Yes, in fact, there are several. But should you? That’s a different question. Hopefully, the information contained in this article has left you more knowledgeable about the issue.


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  • Mike says:

    Hi Julie, how can I email you? Please email back to me in case your site doesn’t let me know when you reply to my comment. I have a prescription, I was considering hubble until I learned about the oxygen transmission value, so now I’m trying to figure out which way to go. Since I have a prescription, can I save $$ and get good quality contacts if I order out of USA? Do you have a ranking of contact lens material from best to worst?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Mike, thanks for your interesting question.

      I haven’t ranked all the contact lens materials from best to worst because I don’t believe it is possible to do so. In my opinion, there is no single contact lens material that is objectively the best for all people in every scenario.

      If we want to look at specific metrics in isolation, such as the Dk/t which is a measure of how breathable a contact lens material is, then yes, we could rank every material from best to worst. The problem with that is that the material with the highest breathability doesn’t necessarily mean that that material will be the best for you.

      I’ll just give you a quick example. Air Optix Night & Day has a really high Dk/t, meaning that it’s extremely breathable. The reason for that is because that brand was designed for people who want to sleep in their contact lenses for up to 30 days at a time. If you never intend on sleeping with your contact lenses, then Air Optix Night & Day would not be the best brand for you, even though it’s Dk/t is through the roof.

      When trying to find the brand that is right for you, it’s important to consider all the relevant factors. Among others, they are:

      How many days a week do you want to wear your contacts?
      How many hours a day do you want to wear your contacts?
      Do you have astigmatism?
      Do you have presbyopia?
      Are you nearsighted or farsighted?
      What type of activities will you be doing while wearing your contacts?
      Do you spend a considerable amount of time using digital devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, TV, etc)?
      Are your eyes prone to dryness, even when you’re not wearing contact lenses?
      What is your monthly/yearly budget for contact lenses?

      As for your question regarding saving money by ordering outside of the USA. Although I don’t know every single outlet for contact lenses overseas, I’m fairly confident that if you live in the USA, the cheapest place for you to order contact lenses from will be from somewhere in the USA. My contact lens price comparison table will be very useful in finding out where that is once you’ve chosen your brand.

      I think your decision to reconsider on Hubble Contacts was a good one. They do not offer the lowest price for daily contact lenses as they would have you believe, and for what they charge, the quality of their contact lenses is very sub-par.

      Remember that whatever you purchase should be approved and prescribed by your eye doctor.


      This information is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information does not create any patient-doctor relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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