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Can I order contacts without prescription verification?

We thought you'd never ask. Yes - and we can help with that! Because we are based in Europe, we operate under European law, where there is no requirement to submit your prescription before purchasing contact lenses. It goes without saying that having a valid prescription when ordering is essential, we just don't have to verify it: we trust you to be proactive about your eye health, no matter where you live. We don't believe in making any compromises between convenience and quality - and are here to ensure our US customers looking to order contacts online without Rx don't either. But let’s rewind that for a second: if you would like us to verify your prescription, we are happy to do that too, easy-peasy. An extra pair of eyes can’t hurt, right?

Bestselling contacts

1 Day Acuvue Moist 90 pack
€89.97 €56.97
1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism
Dailies AquaComfort Plus
€24.99 €14.99
Acuvue Oasys
€37.50 €21.99
1 Day Acuvue Trueye
€34.99 €26.99

How do I order contacts online in the US?

Ordering contact lenses without a prescription on Vision Direct is easy as pie:

1. Pick your brand

Daily disposables, monthlies, toric, multifocal, and contact lens solutions: you name it, we stock it

2. Enter your prescription

Your Rx is on your contact lens box, here's how to read it

3. It's checkout time

Put your feet up, your contacts will get to you within 5-9 days

But wait a second - are you legit?

We are totally legit! Vision Direct is Europe's leading online contact lens retailer, helping thousands of happy customers around the globe to purchase contacts by providing a super easy, reliable and affordable service. Our customer service team are on call Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30 to help you with anything you might need. One might say we are too legit to quit (we couldn't help ourselves). But don't take it from us: here's what our US customers think about us.

Let's get down to business: our prices.

Unlike other contact lens retailers, we've cut out the middleman and buy the best contact lenses directly from the manufacturer. This means we can keep our prices down and you will never have to overspend on your contacts! Hooray! We stock all your favourite brands like Acuvue, Dailies and much more, for the best prices around.

Shipping also falls under our hassle-free vibe. We know how important having your contacts when you need them is, so we aim to get them to you as quickly as possible. You can rest easy knowing they will be at your door within 5-9 business days - that's way quicker than most stateside eyecare providers!

Any questions?

Ah, we love questions! From checking your prescription to discussing any last-minute worries: our award-winning team of friendly, knowledgeable experts is here to help. Yes, they're all actual humans! You can reach them by phone 01 513 4141, email (help@visiondirect.ie) and online chat.

For the record:

  • Prescriptions are the exact same between US and Ireland (unlike shoes or clothes) so you won't need to convert anything.
  • Our eyecare professionals can check your Rx - just let us know and we'll confirm with your eye care provider, which might delay your shipment by 2-3 days. Since we are based in Europe, prescription verification is optional so it's totally your call.
  • You're not tied down to any contracts/subscriptions, but we do have a super easy 3-click reordering system! Our handy reminders are ideal for those that prefer a set-and-forget approach, ensuring you never run out.

Contacts without verified Rx: what does the law say?

We operate in line with Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA), giving you the right to request your Rx from your eye doctor, and purchase your lenses with us. In the US, every citizen should receive a copy of their contact lens prescription when completing an eye exam - making you the master of your eye destiny and can save yourself a lot of time and money by buying your contacts online for less.

Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act: The facts

The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) gives all contact lens wearers the following rights:

'When a prescriber completes a contact lens fitting, the prescriber whether or not requested by the patient shall provide to the patient a copy of the contact lens prescription.'

'A prescriber may not require purchase of contact lenses from the prescriber or from another person as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription.'

'A prescriber may not require payment in addition to, or as part of, the fee for an eye examination, fitting, and evaluation as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription.'

*source Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act

How do I find my contact lens prescription?

You can find your prescription on your contact lens box, usually printed on the side or on the back, giving you all the information you need to order your contacts with us. If it's the first time you actually get access to it and find all the variables confusing, we've put together a guide to understanding your contact lens prescription. Plus: our amazing customer service is available by phone (US: 1 800 870 0741, Ireland: 01 513 4141), email (help@visiondirect.ie) and online chat. Check out our video below for more information on reading your prescription.

What our US customers love about us:

"Ordered as a US customer & my contacts arrived 2 days earlier than expected. Didn't want to pay the eye doctor a ridiculous amount of money to tell me my prescription was the same & do nothing to benefit me. Decent price. Happy with the entire experience!"
Anne - April 2019

"The service was exceptional! Ordering was a breeze and my contacts arrived to the US much faster than when I order them from my ophthalmologist. Will definitely be ordering from Vision Direct again."
Gayle - April 2019

"Great service and prices. I live in the US and the contacts cost me less (including rapid shipping) than they were costing me in the US, without the idiotic requirement of having to upload a prescription (a scam perpetuated by opticians in the US)."
Srin - April 2019