8 places you can buy contact lenses and glasses online in the UK

Anya Meyerowitz
·5 min read
Where to buy glasses and contact lenses online. (Getty Images)
Where to buy glasses and contact lenses online. (Getty Images)

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There are numerous nuisances about being a glasses or contact lens wearer: from having your lenses steam up every time you open the oven, to not being able to spontaneously jump into a pool, and, lastly, having to run to the shops when you realise you’re on your last set of dailies.

Although popping into Specsavers may have become to norm, you can in fact save yourself a trip, as you can buy contact lenses and even a new pair of glasses online. It’s easy, hassle-free, and often cheaper.

All you need is an up-to-date prescription, which you can easily get from your optician and you are good to get online shopping.

How could I possibly buy a new pair of glasses online, you ask?

Well, thanks to new technology, numerous websites now use 3D virtual technology so all you need to do is upload a selfie and you can virtually try on as many pairs as you want.

To help you wade through the options and get your new eyewear sorted as quickly and easily as possible, we’ve rounded up the places to order your glasses and contacts lenses online.

We’re sure you’ll be looking good whatever you choose...

8 of the best places to order glasses and contact lenses online

Eye Buy Direct | Shop here

With an extraordinarily wide range of brands, designs and styles, Eye Buy Direct is an affordable place to shop, whatever personality you’re looking for in your glasses.

It’s easy to order a prescription pair and the site often offers weekend discounts and deals, including 30% off on various weekends throughout the year.

Delivery is fast and reliable, with a range of frames available on a two-day delivery deal.

Glasses Direct: Shop here

With over 1000 styles in stock, knowing which one will work for you and finding the right pair for you can be a little tricky.

Which is why you Glasses Direct offer a home try-on service: this hassle-free solution lets you try up to four frames, for seven days in the comfort of your home.

The brand are trying to stay as close to normal delivery timescales as possible but orders can take up to 10 days.

Lens store | Shop here

Get your lenses delivered to your door with 15 different variations to choose from, from £14.65 per box.

Due to unusually high demand, orders may take slightly longer than normal, however there are a variety of options (starting at £2.99) for special delivery if you need your new lenses as quick as possible.

Smart Buy Glasses | Shop here

If you’re after a new pair of designer glasses at a discounted price Smart Buy Direct is the place to scroll through first.

Whether it be reading or sunglasses, the store has a huge array of designer frames from brands including Tom Ford, Ray-Ban, Versace, Oakley and more.

You can currently get a range of luxury frames for up to 50% off - and thanks to 3D virtual technology, the site allows you to digitally try on the frames before purchasing.

The brand also has numerous contact lens deals, with up to 30% off popular Acuvue Moist, Dailies Total and SofLens Disposables.

Feel Good Contacts | Shop here

Feel Good Contacts stock 98% of all lenses, and offer a Price Match Guarantee on your cheap contact lenses, coloured contact lenses, contact lens solutions, eye drops, eye care products and designer sunglasses.

Plus, they offer 10% off your first order, too.

Delivery is free over £49, otherwise starts at £3.95, and can be delivered to your door by the very next day.

Mister Spex | Shop here

With a fancy ‘try-on’ tool, you can try on frames via your computer or smartphone camera so that there are no disappointing surprises when they arrive in the post.

From whacky, neon frames to suave and sophisticated pieces, the selection of glasses are definitely on-trend.

They offer free home trials and up to 50% off on high street prices, as well as a range of contact lenses.

Items in stock that do not require individual preparation (e.g. sunglasses and contact lenses) will be delivered within 2-4 working days, while glasses that need to be fitted with prescription lenses can take 6-14 working days.

Specsavers | Shop here

With a wide selection made up by frames from top designers, and in house styles - there is something to suit everyone at Specsavers.

From glasses to contact lenses, Specsavers offers a 90-day return policy and free delivery over £69.

Plus, they are offering online appointments to help out those with new sight concerns or with questions about glasses and eye care.

Vision Express | Shop here

With 25% off all orders and free delivery on contact lens orders, Vision Express offer a range of deals and money saving options as well as eyewear.

Orders received before 6pm, Monday to Friday, will be delivered the next day, however, the store are currently unable to fulfil delivery to orders made outside of the UK or in the Channel Islands.