For some time now I’ve been buying my contact lenses through Clearly Contacts. You’ve probably seen their ads around on buses, on billboards and most recently they’ve been using Trevor Linden as their spokes model in their print ads and on TV.
The prices are much cheaper than buying in stores or through optometrists and you can often save on shipping as well. They often have coupon codes on the ads you see on transit, if you don’t know them a quick google search of “clearly contacts promo codes” will bring up sites with laundry list of promo codes for percentages off or free shipping.
If you know your current prescription it’s really simple to order, your prescription can be found on the side of your current box of contacts. If you’ve recently changed, you’ll probably need to ask someone who deals in contact lenses to read your prescription (go to them for a free trial, you’ll get your prescription from the packs and find out which contacts you like….. score!). I’ve recently learned that what you see on the paper the doctor gives you when you get your eyes checked, is not what’s needed for your contacts.
After you’ve chosen your favourite brand (they have many to choose from, most major brands) you enter your prescription and check out. The times I’ve ordered I received my order within 2 to 3 days. They also ship locally with FedEx, so no random border charges and you can track the order online.
They also sell glasses. Admittedly I was cautious at first since glasses are generally something you’d want to try on. I’ve looked around a few times, but last week decided to take the plunge after a coworker had high praises for their service. They have hundreds of frames to choose from, at first it’s overwhelming but after you weed out your search for the types you want it’s more manageable.
I chose a few different frames and tried them on through their virtual mirror. You upload a picture of yourself and try them on, I don’t necessarily recommend this because I found it really hard to make them fit the picture and everything would become skewed by the perspectives. I ended up ordering a pair of black Donna Karen frames complete with lenses, they’re a little rounder than the current brown DKNY frames I have but I thought I’d take a chance. One glance at their return policy sold me on the pair. You have 30-days to return them, they even pay to ship them back to them! Oh, and the $131 price tag with taxes and the promo code found on google wasn’t bad either, especially since I’ll be able to claim that on my medical plan at work. In the past I’ve paid more than $300 for glass and frames, so this has made this deal-lover happy.
The prescription for these is much easier to read, you’re reading off your doctor’s prescription and the website gives exact instructions how to read it. After submitting my order last Monday night the screen informed me that they would be delivered by October 5. An email just two days later told me that they had been shipped and they arrived by Thursday, almost one week before the estimate and only two days after I ordered them (Monday around 9pm), I was incredibly impressed.
The glasses looked good, so I’ll be keeping them. They’re sent with a case as well as a few cloths for cleaning (most times at Lens Crafters or Pearl Vision they give one) as well as a mini-screwdriver keychain in case of emergency. The only downside would be that I’ll have to head to Lens Crafters to get them fitted a little better (they do free fittings, regardless of where the frames were bought).
Full disclosure, the people at Clearly Contacts have not paid me at all to write this. Aside from the rare love for nail polish I avoid a lot of reviews, but I honestly can’t say enough good things about these guys. Anyone who has ever bought contact lenses or glasses know that they’re not cheap and any way to save money is something that should be shared in these times of HST.
Besides, if it’s good enough for Captain Canuck it’s good enough for you.