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Beware some online contact lens websites in Canada

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Beware: Grey Market Contact Lenses Are Being Sold in Canada

Some online contact lens websites in Canada are not authorized sellers of contact lenses. This should concern you as a buyer of contacts online! As the Canadian Association of Optometrists warns “Overseas distribution channels may have grey market (counterfeit) product. There are no controls to ensure that Internet sites source lenses directly from the manufacturer.”

Beware some online sellers in Canada

This means that some websites may be buying their contact lenses from places like China, Vietnam, India, The Philippines or other nations where false or counterfeit contacts can be produced and distributed here in Canada. Moreover, the quality controls are sorely lacking, meaning that “grey market” lenses that say Acuvue, Biofinity, Air Optix or other brand names, may or may not be real or may be produced with substandard quality controls.

These manufacturers are NOT to blame, they are doing their jobs properly. It is overseas, unauthorized producers and the online sites who are putting these “grey market” products into your hands. Beware, because this could be a serious issue! Using the right products by the actual manufacturer is critically important!

Who are these sites?

You would be very surprised which sites are engaging in unethical “grey market” contact lens distribution. We know who many of them are, but we won’t tell you for fear of expensive and debilitating lawsuits from them in order to shut us up. We wish we could call them out by name, but we know that we would immediately have to defend million dollar plus lawsuits that as a small company, we simply cannot afford. This is one way larger companies keep smaller, ethical companies like ourselves silent and afraid.

Some contact lens sites are lying to you

In fact some of these sites even falsely claim to be “authorized” resellers, when in fact they are not. How can this be? Well – sadly – such unethical actions are not yet illegal here in Canada or in any of the provinces. Since British Columbia de-regulated the sale of online contact lenses, the nation now can have access to legitimate, safe and affordable contact lenses from the established manufacturers (Johnson & Johnson, Alcon, Coopervision & Bausch + Lomb).

However, without a federal law punishing false claims about the origins of where they receive their contact lenses, “grey market” or “counterfeit” lenses can be sold without recourse or penalty.

What can you do?

Make sure you always buy your contacts lenses from authorized contact lens sellers, such as Contactsforless.ca, Clearly.ca, Costco and a few others. If you are not sure, stick to the main sites like those mentioned above to ensure you are not supporting “grey market” sellers.

…and always remember that from day 1 – Contactsforless.ca has been as ethical, honest and transparent as possible. We have NEVER engaged in “grey market” or “counterfeit” contact lens sales and have ALWAYS given away 51% (or more) of all net profits to help save the planet. Not one other company can make that claim.

Stay ethical and safe. Always buy your contact lenses with Contactsforless.ca and be sure you are doing the right thing for yourself, for Canada, and the World.

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New! GEO Circle Lenses

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Introducing our newest cosmetic lenses:  GEO circle lenses from award-winning company GEO Medical.

What are circle lenses?

Circle lenses are extra-wide contact lenses that make the eye appear larger for cosmetic purposes.  While normal lenses are only tinted in the areas covering the iris, circle lenses have an extra dark tint around the outer ring of the lens.  This creates the illusion of atractively larger eyes.

Circle lenses have gained tremendous popularity in Asia. Close to a million girls in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, for instance, are now wearing circle lenses for cosmetic purposes.

Get GEO circle lenses for that gorgeous doe-eyed look.  These lenses blend 3 hues together to give you big, striking eyes that ensure everyone looks twice.

GEO lenses are currently available in bestseller colors gray, green, and brown.  More colors and powers coming soon!

Get big, beautiful eyes with GEO circle lenses now!

 

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Custom Order Lenses

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What are custom order lenses?

Custom order/ special lenses are lenses that are made to order by the manufacturer especially to fit your eyes.   We place the order with the manufacturer according to the prescription that you filled in, so please be extra careful in filling out your prescription!

How long do they take to make?

They take an average of 2-4 weeks to be manufactured (a little longer for Optima Toric lenses).  They can sometimes be completed sooner, but there is no guarantee.  This is completely up to the manufacturer.

The list of custom order lenses available for order are as follows:

Can I modify/ cancel/ return/ exchange my order of custom order lenses?

Unfortunately, this is not possible.  Custom order lenses are custom-made to your order and are therefore final.  They cannot be modified or cancelled once we’ve placed your order with the manufacturer to create for you.  For the same reason, they also cannot be returned or exchanged even with the box unopened.  (See our return policy.)


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