Thanks for stopping by the Free Contact Lenses Guide. The goal of this website is to help people understand the somewhat complicated world of contact lenses. This part of our website is to help you find what you need as well as answer some of the common questions that we get.
This page contains:
- Things You Should Know About Colored Contact Lenses
- How to Get Free Contact Lenses
- Contact Lens Use and Care
- Other Contact Lens Resources
Things You Should Know About Colored Contact Lenses
Before getting colored contacts, there are some things you need to be aware of:
- By law (United States, Canada and the United Kingdom – maybe other places) retailers can only sell color contacts to people who have a prescription. If they break the law, they can get into a lot of trouble with heavy fines for each instance. This is on them, not you – the consumer.
- All contact lenses are considered “medical devices” and this is enforced by the FDA.
- It’s best to get a prescription for any kind of contact lens, even if you do not need vision correction. This is because the optometrist will fit the contact lens to the shape of your eyes. Getting this measurement correct will make the contacts fit better and feel more comfortable when you are wearing them.
- There are many names for colored contact lenses but these are all essentially the same thing:
How to Get Free Contact Lenses
The process to get free, trial sample pairs of contact lenses is pretty simple and straightforward.
- Look for the coupons, certificates, rebate forms on the websites of contact lens manufacturers.
- Fill out the form and then you will get to download and print the certificate or one will be sent to you in the mail or by email.
- Take that coupon / certificate to your local eye doctor. You can make an appointment and say that you want to get fitted for a pair of contact lenses (or color contacts if that’s what you want).
- After your exam, you can give the coupon to the optometrist and they will help you place your order for the trial contacts. You can and should order them from different manufacturers so that you can try all the different kinds that are out there. One kind might work better for you than all the others and you won’t know unless you try several brands. Your doctor can help you with the offers and they might even know of more ways to get contact lenses for free.
- Within a few days or a week, your free contact lenses will arrive in the mail.
- It’s best to try one pair at a time versus opening them all at once. Each pair will probably be good for a week or even up to a month. Take notes on how they feel. We have a free contact lens evaluation form that you can download to help you take notes if you want.
- After you’ve gone through them all, compare your notes and see which you like best then place an order for that brand.
Contact Lens Use and Care
Here are some useful tips for taking good care of your contact lenses if they are color contacts or regular contact lenses:
- Always have clean hands before touching your eyes or contact lenses. Do not use a fibrous towel or cloth to dry your hands.
- Use cleaners and solutions that your optometrist suggests. Stick with one brand and type of contact lens cleaning solution.
- Check the directions that came with your lenses or cleaning solution.
- Keep your lens case clean.
- Use new cleaning solution every time you remove your contact lenses.
- Do not use regular water or even spit / saliva to clean your contacts.
- Be careful with using eye makeup.
- Do not wear your contacts in a pool, hot tub or swimming in a lake.
- Do not wear your contact lenses when you are sleeping.
- If you get an eye infection, remove your contact lenses and discard them. Contact your doctor before starting to use another pair. You may have to wear glasses for a few days or a week and possibly get anti-biotic eye drops.
- You may be more sensitive to sunlight when wearing contact lenses. Know this and wear a hat or sunglasses when you are out in the sun.
- Use rewetting drops to help keep your eyes moist.
- Do not share contact lenses with anyone else.
Other Contact Lens Resources
There is a lot of good information on the Web and here is our list of websites that we feel have good information about contact lenses: