Wearers of contact lenses, listen up – we’ve got some big news.

I’ve been a contact lens wearer for years.

In fact, most of my friends wouldn’t even know that I’m blind as a bat. That’s how much I rely on my lenses.

Sure, I give them a break at night and bust out the specs but they’re just not me. Some people can pull off glasses with sophistication, poise and sex appeal. I am not one of those people.

The day I discovered contact lenses was like a magical unicorn had danced across my face.

Suddenly I didn’t have to apply my makeup half blind, and I didn’t have to grope around first thing in the morning to find my precious vision. My optometrist agreed to let me try the kind of lenses that you can sleep in – and my world was suddenly a better place.

I loved playing tennis and netball and to participate in both sports without nose bridge sweat constantly slipping my frames down my face was awesome. I could swim at the beach and actually be able to perve on people around me. Hello, freedom!

"Suddenly I didn’t have to apply my makeup half blind, and I didn’t have to grope around first thing in the morning to find my precious vision." Image via iStock.

 

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So as a 15-year contact lens veteran, I am well acquainted with spending my lunch breaks lining up at the optometrist to get my prescription filled. Of course, everyone else in town also wants to cram the excitement of a visit to the eye doctor into their lunch break as well, so it’s never a quick process.

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By the time I’ve handed my credit card over and cried a little at the amount charged, I have to wait and wait for the phone call to tell me that my lenses are in, and off we go to do the same dance. It’s quite the ordeal.

Recently though I discovered that Specsavers offer online ordering for contact lenses. Wait, what? Given that I do pretty much all the rest of my shopping online it made sense that I would give it a try. And I have to say, I’m very impressed, ladies and gentlemen.

No need for annoying glasses at festivals. Image via iStock.

 

After entering my details and prescription requirements it was a quick one, two, three and my lenses were on the way. They arrived on my doorstep within about a week (which was much quicker than in-store) and they didn’t cost nearly as much as they did when I purchased them in person. I was a new Specsavers customer and so I was gobsmacked at how much more I had been paying for an identical product elsewhere.

The best thing about the service was the ability to have my script refilled automatically. I’m very much a last minute kind of person and the amount of times I’ve had to show up sheepishly at the optometrist begging for a spare pair of lenses is pretty shameful. This way I never need to be surprised to find I’m on my last pair because the service ensures I always have enough to keep me going.

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If you are a contact lens wearer I’d highly recommend trying the Specsavers online ordering system. It’s saved me both time and money and the hassle of having to remember when my lenses need to be re-ordered.

"Given that I do pretty much all the rest of my shopping online it made sense that I would give it a try." Image via iStock.

 

I’ve now used Specsavers online for about three or four orders and I have been impressed each time with the service and speed of delivery.

If you’re still rocking the specs and are keen to dip your toe into the contact lens world (I wouldn’t really recommend putting your toe anywhere near your eyes though. I’d be slightly impressed with your flexibility, but it’s a sure-fire way to an eye infection), a quick trip into a Specsavers store will help you determine exactly which lenses are right for you, and they can arrive on your doorstep in time for your next big night on the town. Winning.

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