How Much Do Dailies Contacts Cost? Despite Inflation, Not What You Think

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Affordable vs. Expensive | Price Comparison | Additional Costs | Inflation and Contact Lens Costs | Beat Inflation With Lens.com Rebates | Conclusion

Ever wondered about the actual cost of daily disposable contact lenses (dailies)? Well, the answer is not that simple.

How much you pay for your daily dailies will depend on a variety of factors that include:

  • where you buy it (online versus in-store)
  • the brand of contact lenses
  • the number of contact lenses in the box (30-pack versus 90-pack)
  • any additional fees (taxes, shipping, etc.)

Don’t worry because Lens.com is here to assist you. To help you figure out the actual cost of dailies, we created this in-depth guide.

Note: To provide an accurate comparison and price analysis, we only included 90-pack (a three-month supply) daily disposable contact lens brands in this guide.

Daily disposable contact lenses: affordable versus expensive

The cost of daily disposable contact lenses can vary wildly depending on the brand. Certain people may consider some brands as affordable, while they may consider other brands as somewhat expensive.

Let’s examine three price ranges for daily disposable contact lenses on Lens.com:

1. Low-tier

On Lens.com, contact lenses in the low-tier price range can cost between $15 and $45 per box. Some of our most affordable daily contact lenses are:

2. Mid-tier

On Lens.com, contact lenses that are in the middle-tier price range can cost around $50 to $75. The best-selling contact lenses in this price range include:

3. High-tier

On Lens.com, contact lenses in the high-tier price range typically cost more than $75. Contact lenses in this price tier include:

Note: All the prices listed here are regular prices on Lens.com (no rebates or discounts). These prices are accurate as of 6/13/2022 but are subject to change without notice.

Based on the information above, and depending on your preferred brand of daily disposable contact lenses, you could end up spending around $360 to over $800 per year on dailies.

Price Comparison

To give you an accurate and more concrete idea of the prices from different websites, here is a detailed price comparison of the same brand of daily disposable contact lenses on Lens.com and three other popular online contact lens retailers:

 Lens.comLensDirect1-800 ContactsWalmart Contacts
Contact lens brand1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST (90PK)1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST (90PK)1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST (90PK)1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST (90PK)
Regular price (no rebates or discounts)$52.74$65.99$83.99$78.86
Price after rebates and discounts$26.49 (4-box order)$52.79$67.19$64.86
Shipping fees$9.95 (standard shipping)Free shipping on orders over $49Free (standard shipping)Free (standard shipping)

Note: All prices are accurate as of 6/13/2022.

As you can see from the table above, you save more money by buying your dailies from Lens.com, even with shipping fees included. So if you’re buying your dailies online, then consider buying them from Lens.com. You’ll save a ton on dailies from Lens.com, especially if you buy in bulk (6 to 12 months’ worth of contact lenses).

Additional Costs

When you buy dailies or any other type of contact lenses online, you won’t just pay for the contact lenses. More often than not, you’ll also have to pay a few additional fees. The type of fees you need to pay will depend on the website you buy your contact lenses. However, here are the most common fees you can expect.

  • Shipping fees

Most contact lens e-commerce sites charge a shipping fee to deliver the contact lenses to your address. Lens.com has a standard shipping fee of $9.95. Lens.com’s standard shipping takes five to seven business days. If you want your contact lenses sooner, you can pay for FedEx 2nd Day (two business days) or FedEx Next Day (one business day), which costs $17.95 and $24.95, respectively.

It’s worth noting that other websites don’t charge for standard shipping. Online contact lens retailers like LensDirect, 1-800 Contacts, and Walmart Contacts all have free standard shipping.

  • Handling fees or processing fees

Handling fees vary from site to site, but you can expect to pay anywhere between $20 and $40 in handling fees when you order contact lenses online. Online retailers don’t usually have physical locations, so they charge certain fees to process your order and prepare your contact lenses for shipping.

  • Taxes

Most, if not, all websites will include a sales tax (sometimes listed as simply “tax”) on your order form. Each website will charge a different amount for taxes. Lens.com charges taxes to recover tax obligations when applicable.

Inflation and Contact Lens Costs

Inflation is on the increase around the world. In the United States, inflation hit its highest level since 1981, pushing up prices for gas, groceries, and several other goods and services. Contact lens prices are no exemption.

According to Eyecare Business magazine, a recent survey for Contact Lens Spectrum found that over 70 percent of eye care professionals (ECPs) reported that supply chain issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted their contact lens inventory. Meanwhile, 80 percent of ECPs said supply issues also affected the cost of their goods.

To stop record-high price increases, experts say the economy will have to slow down. In particular, consumer demand will have to decrease to take some of the pressure off of strained supply chains. However, a slow economy raises concerns of a recession — something the U.S. hasn’t seen since 2009.

Beat Inflation With Lens.com Rebates

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With experts reporting that inflation is here to stay for quite some time, how can you and other contact lens users hope to save money on contacts?

The answer is simple: rebates.

Contact lens rebates are savings opportunities included with orders for many popular contact lens brands. They’re one of the best ways to save money and get cheap contacts.

Lens.com offers unbeaten rebates on many popular brands of daily disposable contacts, including ACUVUE, Biofinity, and AIR OPTIX. When you buy dailies from Lens.com, there’s a high chance that you won’t have to pay full price for your contact lenses.

Our rebates typically apply to four-box orders, meaning you would have to buy at least four boxes of contacts to qualify for rebates. This amount should last you six to 12 months, depending on the replacement schedule of your contacts.

If your Lens.com order qualifies for a rebate, you should see a message in your cart that tells you the face value of the rebate and how much you’ll be saving once you’ve redeemed the rebate.

Conclusion

Like all types of contact lenses, the price you pay for your dailies depends on several factors. However, if you want to save as much money as possible, then buy your dailies from Lens.com. At Lens.com, we offer a wide range of dailies, and we also offer a ton of rebates.