We heard rumours that the contact lens supplier Johnson & Johnson will increase their prices by 15% in May 2013. If the rumors are true, that means we will also have to increase retail prices eventually at Vision Direct.
As Daily Mail mentions, glowing contact lenses can be a cool accessory in the night club. Phantasee Glow / UV lenses create amazingly bright colours and an attention-grabbing look. Our UV glow contacts are perfect for clubbing, raves and a super funky look anytime. In daylight, these UV-light contact lenses still look great, with bright colours that really stand out.
The main difference between a contact lens prescription and a glasses prescription is contact lenses have BC (base curve) and DIA (diameter) included, while spectacles do not. So, you got a prescription for spectacles (SPH/CYL/AXIS). Can you order contact lenses?
If you previously had a contact lens prescription and your optician did not recommend a change of lens type or prescription for your lenses: Yes.
If you in addition to the glasses prescription received contact lens samples: Yes, use the contact lens containers.
If you never had contact lenses fitted by your optician: No, get samples fitted with your optician first and save the lens containers to buy the correct lenses online.
If ever in doubt of what lenses to wear, consult with your optician. To get help interpreting your prescription, ask us before ordering contact lenses online.
Some contact lenses cannot be purchased online, for example lenses made by Sauflon where the manufacturer restricts competition.
Why are Sauflon lenses not sold online?
Sauflon restricts supply of contact lenses and solutions by excluding pharmacies, supermarkets and web shops. Sauflon supplies only eye care professionals with physical stores as part of its corporate policy.
Unique base curve and diameter force customers back to the optician. According to Sauflon, they are doing everything they can to make customers return to the optician’s shop.
What are the effects for you as a customer?
You cannot be sure if the lenses are the best fit, or if the optician chose them to guarantee a returning customer. Reduced competition also means higher prices for you as a customer. We recommend that you ask your optician for other sample lenses, that offer you the opportunity to buy contact lenses cheaper online.
The good news are we managed to source some stock of cosmetic Images and Colortones without prescription (plano) and therefore we are offering these cosmetic colored lenses online. When stock is finished and you can no longer buy the lenses at Vision Direct, either the “buy” button would be gone or you would get an error when trying to place an order.
Focus softcolors was discontinued by the manufacturer Alcon (previously Ciba Vision) which means they are no longer produced. Recommended replacement colored lenses are Freshlook dimensions or Freshlook ONE-DAY. To try on Freshlook lenses or get a free trial, check out the Freshlook website.
A possible cure for colour blindness has been introduced by an American research team. Although the solution is not contact lenses, it may be interesting to look into for color blind contact lens users.
4.5% of the population in the UK is colour blind, whereof 1 in every 12 men and 1 in 200 women. The reason why more men than women are affected is that the main reason for colour blindness is genetic and the X-chromosome carries on the condition.
The research team, according to BBC found spectacle lenses that cure red-green colour blindness. If you are desperately looking for a solution to better see red or green colours, they may help. Unfortunately they do affect the visibility of other colours as well.
The downfall with these lenses is that they reduce the ability to perceive yellow and blue. It is not advised to drive whilst using these glasses, since the ability of seeing seeing traffic signs such as road warnings properly will be diminished.