The internet has made life easier for consumers in many ways, boosting the convenience of finding and ordering items, and providing plenty of opportunities to save money along the way.

For regular users of contact lenses, or people thinking about starting to use them, it has never been simpler to find out about the range of options available and order the right product.

Buying lenses online brings many benefits, but it is also important to take a cautious approach and to make sure that you are buying from a trusted supplier. Read on to find out more.

The benefits of buying online

Searching for and ordering contact lenses over the internet offers many advantages, one of which is simple convenience.

From the comfort of your own home, you can browse through a wide range of products and learn about the different designs and specifications on offer, before selecting the right option for you.

Many people opt for daily disposable lenses, which are very easy to use and can be discarded at the end of each day, reducing the risk of infection. Two-weekly and monthly disposables are also available, as well as more specialist products such as bifocal/progressive lenses.

There are many brands to choose from, including Bausch & Lomb, Ciba Vision, Acuvue and CooperVision. The current range of Bausch & Lomb contact lenses includes daily disposables, toric lenses for people with astigmatism and the SofLens 59 range for monthly wear.

You can find out more about these and many other products on the Feel Good Contact Lenses website.

Once you have found the right product for you and placed your order, you just have to wait for your lenses to come to you. Some online retailers offer a ‘one-click’ reordering facility, making it extremely easy to ensure a regular supply of your chosen lenses.

Another benefit of purchasing online is cost. Most big suppliers will buy their stock in bulk directly from manufacturers, allowing them to offer fairly low prices.

Regular internet shoppers will know that it is much easier to compare prices online than on the high street.

The importance of caution

Since browsing and purchasing things online is so simple and convenient, some people might find themselves getting complacent when it comes to issues such as safety and reliability.

It is imperative when placing an order over the internet to make sure you are buying from a trusted supplier. Do some of your own research into the company you are planning to make a purchase from. Looking for independent reviews, ratings and feedback from previous customers could be a good way to start.

Furthermore, when ordering contact lenses it is important to remember that you are buying a product that will have an impact on your personal health and wellbeing. More often than not this will be a positive impact, but to reduce the risk of anything going wrong you should retain a cautious outlook and always make health considerations a top priority.

Guidance from the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and General Optical Council states that online suppliers must comply with regulations ensuring that eye care professionals are involved in selling lenses and that delivered lenses meet their in-date specifications.

You can maintain your eye health by having a fitting and consultation with a practitioner, and by having regular check-ups.

The need to take a cautious approach was underlined by the BCLA, which said: “Contact lenses must be supplied within the law and proper safeguards must be in place to protect the health and comfort of your eyes.

“The importance of regular contact lens check-ups cannot be overemphasised.”

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