Why the fuss about wearing the right contact lenses?
Contact lenses are medical devices you keep directly on your eyes, usually for most of the day everyday. As such, wearing the right kind of lenses is important for the long-term health of your eyes.
In a contact lens fitting, your optometrist doesn’t just measure the focusing power needed to let you see better. He/ she also factors in the correct diameter and base curve for each of your eyes, the possible dryness of your eyes, and the contact lens material that will avoid irritating your eyes and allow them to stay healthy and comfortable.
What is Hubble Contacts?
Hubble Contacts is a subscription service wherein customers can receive a year’s supply of Hubble 1 Day contact lenses for $528 (this includes shipping and subscription fees). This comes to about $44/ 60 daily lenses (1 month’s supply).
Why so cheap?
Hubble 1 Day contact lenses are made from an older material called methafilcon A, used in contact lenses 20+ years ago. They are manufactured with a single base curve and diameter by a company in Taiwan called St. Shine.
Different kinds of contact lens materials allow varying amounts of oxygen through the lens into your eye. The oxygen transmissibility (Dk/t) of the material affects the health and comfort of your eyes in the long run. Studies show that the Dk/t required in order to maintain your eye health and avoid swelling is 24. Methafilcon A, from which Hubble contact lenses are made, has a Dk/t of only 18.8.
What do doctors say?
Optometrists strongly recommend other more up-to-date contact lens materials that allow more oxygen into your eyes to avoid issues with discomfort, reddened or bloodshot eyes, and even sudden changes in prescription. Contact lenses made from current materials have Dk/t averaging 4x the minimum, ensuring plenty of oxygen flow for your eyes to keep them healthy.
Please consult your optometrist for a contact lens fitting (this is different from eyeglass prescriptions) before purchasing any contact lenses. Your eyes are invaluable!
To learn more about the Do’s & Don’ts of purchasing contact lenses online, check out this video from our CEO, Paul W. Slusher:
*All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.