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How can I buy Contact Lenses without going to eye doctor for new prescription?

Where can I purchase contacts for my eyes without the need for a active U.S. prescription. My contact lens prescription is over a year old and don't want to go to the eye doctor to get a prescription since I'm pretty sure my old prescription is still just fine. I'd rather not pay for a new eye exame and just order contact lenses using my expired prescription. How can I order contact lenses without going to the optometrist?

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In the U.S. legal requirements mean you need to have a current prescription (1 year or less) to purchase contact lenses. While it's always a good thing to get an eye exam in case your prescription has changed, you can get around this and avoid paying hundreds of dollars in unnecessary eye exam costs and overpriced contact lenses from your optometrist.

To do so, use and order contact lenses online with or without a prescription if your in the U.S. and they will be shipped from the U.K.  No Prescription needed... You just need to know your old prescription, which you can find on your last exam receipt or an old contact lens box (or else just call your eye doctor to find out your current prescription). No Eye Doctor Prescription Needed:

Ordering your contact lenses with no prescription through is simple. Just ensure you check the details of your order against your contact lens box or the prescription given to you by your optician. Once you're confident the details are correct, proceed through checkout without asking us to verify your prescription. We will then process your order via our European sister site Vision Direct BV where prescriptions do not need to be checked.

Every two years it is good practice to have an eye test, to see if your prescription has changed and to detect early indications of eye conditions or even diabetes. Don't self-prescribe, and always stick to the recommendations of a professional. Any experiments with different lenses are best arranged in consultation with an optician.


It will literally only take about a week after you order your contact lenses for them to show up on your doorstep after placing an order from  Use coupon code "NEW25VISION" for 25% OFF your first contact lens order! Use at checkout. FREE SHIPPING on all contact lens orders!

Vision Direct was acquired by in 2003, and in 2011 became part of Walgreens. It is one of the largest online contact lense retailers. Vision Direct UK is UK’s largest and most trusted online contact lens retailer, with over 1.65 million orders fulfilled around the world and more than 700,000 customers.

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