About Hubble Contacts

Published on: May 16, 2017

By avoiding steep industry markups that can cause you to pay way more than you should, Hubble Contacts promises to deliver high-quality daily contact lenses right to your door, at half the prices of the other guys.

In fact, the company allows all patients with a valid prescription to receive 12 pairs of lenses for free upon signing up for a subscription. Then, you'll pay about $1 per day after that.

To sign up for a Hubble account, you’ll only need to enter your left and right eye power, your doctor’s state and name (you can also search by address and business name), and your name and email address, and then check out. If you need an eye exam, they’ll also help you schedule a doctor’s visit in your area.

For many of us, contact lenses are an essential part of everyday life. In other words, our quality of life could be severely impacted if we didn’t have them. They’re also expensive and not always convenient to pick up, which is where Hubble Contacts claims to help.

Are they necessarily your best, or least expensive, option? Are there any considerations to keep in mind before signing up for a subscription? Find some answers here by reading about what we learned during our research.

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The Hubble website tells us their lenses are manufactured using state-of-the-art injection molding by Taipei-based St. Shine Optical Co., from a “high-grade methafilcon-A hydrogel material with 55% water content, UV protection, and a thin edge.”

We’re told they have been approved by the FDA for sale in the US for more than 14 years and are “designed for easy insertion, all-day comfort, and crystal clear vision.” Through an independent University of Houston College of Optometry double-masked study, they were even verified to be as comfortable and sharp and popular U.S. brands.

Powers range from -0.50 to -12.00, and +0.5 to +6.00, with a base curve of 8.6 and a diameter of 14.2.

As noted earlier, all Hubble Contacts orders require a valid prescription from a doctor, including:

  • Your name
  • Prescription expiration date
  • Prescriber's name
  • Power, base curve, manufacturer, diameter, and contact lens material

Important note: Hubble’s contact lenses are only designed for individuals with no or mild astigmatism (less than -1.00 cylinder). If you have a more significant diagnosis, the company’s site indicates they’re planning to offer toric lenses (those specially designed for astigmatism) soon.

Finally, while they currently only sell daily lenses, Hubble tells us that they’re also investigating bi-weekly and monthly lenses, although they’ll need to meet the same safety and comfort standards as their dailies.

For more detailed specifications, we’d strongly recommend reading through Hubble’s Wearers Guide.

Exactly what price will you pay?

How Much Does Hubble Contacts Cost & Are They Covered by Insurance?

Even with Hubble’ initial free offer, keep in mind that you’ll still pay $3 S&H, which will take about 5-10 business days to arrive in a 100% recyclable box. The service is currently only available to residents of the United States, certain U.S. territories, and U.S. Military locations.

14 days after your initial two-week free trial, you’ll pay $30 per month, plus $3 S&H, for 30 pairs of lenses. You can change how frequently you receive shipments and Hubble will always reach out to you before contacting your doctor to re-verify your prescription.

The contats provider doesn’t deal directly with insurance providers, although you can use your emailed receipt to apply for reimbursement through your carrier. You can pay using your FSA or HAS account, as long as it’s associated with a major credit card.

All orders come with a 30-refund policy, but this only applies to those where the outer shipping box remains unopened. If your prescription changes, you can ship your old strength back and they’ll re-send the correct pair.

If you have questions, Hubble’s support department can be reached at 844-334-1640 or help@hubblecontacts.com

What Can We Learn From Hubble Contacts Customer Reviews?

StarterNoise found Hubble’s sign up process super simple and the shipping much faster than it would have taken to get an appointment with their doctor, place the order, and drive to pick them up. Not to mention the much lower price.

Their first impression was that the lenses were incredibly comfortable. Although they found them a little difficult to take out, resulting in some red, irritated eyes for a couple of minutes afterward.

Similarly, Bre Payton at The Federalist writes that her Hubble Contacts were very soft and flexible, didn’t cause dry eye, and were very competitively priced. “The guys over at Hubble should really be paying me to be their spokesperson, because I have yet to shut up about them,” she concluded.

A handful of readers also left their firsthand feedback on a Reddit thread. As might be expected, some noted they were comfortable and didn’t feel the lenses at all, while another noted they weren’t as comfortable as their current Acuvue lenses.

One doctor chimed in noting that, in their experience, lenses that use the same methafilcon A material (55% water) and feature a DK value of 18 as Hubble’s lenses “are not very popular.”

From a company perspective, Hubble Contacts was co-founded in May 2016 by Ben Cogan and Jesse Horwitz.

Ben earned his degree in Philosophy from Princeton and previously worked as a Senior Customer Insights Associate for Harry’s Grooming and an Associate at The Boston Consulting Group. Jesse graduated from Harvard Law School and held positions as Founder of Gadfly Capital and Investment Analyst at Columbia Investment Management Company.

Vision Path Inc. (aka Hubble Contacts) wasn’t rated with the Better Business Bureau as of 5/16/17, although they did have four closed complaints. Only one of these provided details, which referenced difficulty obtaining proof of purchase.

Hubble vs. LensDirect, 1800Contacts, & Lens.com

Type the phrase “discount 1-day contact lenses" into any search engine, and you'll be met with hundreds of relevant results, including national brands like Acuvue from big hitters like 1800contacts, Lens.com, and LensDirect, to name just a few.

Many of these companies claim to offer 70% (or more) off name brand contact lenses, but how do their prices compare to Hubble? Here’s a quick sampling of some of the prices we encountered at the time of our research:

Company Lens Model Price/Quantity Details
Hubble Contacts 1-Day Contact Lenses $30, 60 lenses Methafilcon-A, 55% water content
LensDirect 1 Day Acuvue Moist 30 Pack $30.58, 30 lenses 42% etafilcon A, 58% water content
Lens.com 1 Day Acuvue TruEye $54.94, 90 lenses 54% narafilcon A, 46% water content
1800Contacts 1-Day Acuvue Define $94, 90 lenses Etafilcon A, 58% water content

According to Everyday Health, 90 percent of contact lens wearers use soft options, the same as Hubble. And while daily disposable lenses might offer the lowest maintenance, they also tend to cost more, but they might be ideal for those with allergies.

Pro tip: All About Vision emphasizes that, while daily disposables might cost more than their longer-term brethren, this could be offset by the money saved on care products.

The American Optometric Association also notes that daily disposable contact lenses can work great for those with active lifestyles and often involve a very short adaptation period, but they’re not available for all vision problems and may not offer the same level of crispness as longer-wear models.

The best way to decide? Talk with your doctor who can recommend options based on your specific diagnosis, needs, and preferences.

Our Final Thoughts About Hubble Contacts

As we can see from the table above, the cost of Hubble’s lenses comes in right at $1 per day, which is about half the cost of a similar daily from Acuvue through LensDirect and 1800Contacts.

Coming in a little closer, Lens.com’s 1 Day Acuvue TruEye was priced at about $1.22 per day, while the Acuvue Oasys 1-Day with Hydraluxe was slightly higher at $1.45 per day.

Bottom line? It seems that Hubble has found itself a niche in the marketplace by manufacturing their own high-quality contact lenses and shipping them directly, thereby providing prices that are anywhere from 20 to 50 percent less expensive.

In addition, the company appears to have mostly positive—although somewhat limited—online feedback from customers.

Perhaps the only downside is that, like any other contact lens retailer, you can’t return your Hubble Contacts if they don’t match your preferences. However, all new subscriptions come with a free two-week trial (less $3 S&H), which should be more than enough time to figure out if they work for you before receiving your next shipment.

Did Hubble’s contacts help you see better at a lower price, or did they not meet your needs? Whatever happened, tell us all about it by writing a review below.

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219 Customer Reviews for Hubble Contacts

Average Customer Rating: 4.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 147 4 star: 32 3 star: 4 2 star: 11 1 star:  25
Bottom Line: 83% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Amazing!

    I love Hubble Contacts. I don't need to think about ordering contacts, they're super affordable and easy to start or stop monthly orders, and they are REALLY high quality. Really happy with them.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Love Hubble

    Great product, great price and delivers. Always on time! Love it! I highly recommend if you wear contacts, to get this service. You will not be disappointed. It's easy and affordable.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Highly recommend

    This is a great way to become worry-free about your contacts. PLUS, it's affordable! I don't wear my contacts every day so I have a surplus now, however, one quick call to Hubble and I was informed that I could skip months when I didn't need them. PERFECT. Great product and comfortable lenses for sensitive eyes.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great deal! Awesome solution to a monopolized industry.

    • New York,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    I hated paying $800 for contacts, and Hubble seemed like an amazing deal, which it is! They are on time and delivered right to your door. I was amazed by their quality as well. I've been using Hubble for about six months now. It has been a great experience.

    Definitely, I do not plan on going back to the other contact giants in the near future. Hubble is a great deal.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • So great, but especially for travel!

    • Arizona,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    I have been a contact lens wearer for over 20 years, and I always dreamed that if I won the lottery that I would immediately run out and buy enough contacts so that I can wear a fresh pair every day. I did not win the lottery, but I now have new contacts every day!

    For travel, these are ESPECIALLY nice since you do not have to drag all the extra stuff with you! These are thinner than the reusable ones, so you do have to get used to that.

    Customer service has been great when I have reached out as well.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Comfortable, affordable, convenient!

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    I have worn contact lenses for seventeen years, and I have struggled with going through my supply quickly because they never lasted as long as they were supposed to. With Hubble, I can get daily contact lenses that are comfortable and affordable, not to mention convenient! These are the best contact lenses I have ever used, and the price and delivery are icing on the cake!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • I love Hubble Contacts

    I am so glad I tried Hubble Contacts. They are 1/3 the cost of the contacts I used to buy, and they arrive every month as soon as I need them. I love Hubble Contacts. I would recommend them to all my friends that wear contact lens.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great and convenient

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    I had a headache trying to get contacts after I got my new prescription. I was unable to get my regular contacts because the curvature was wrong and was recommended different ones that ended up being uncomfortable. Hubble Contacts were super easy to order and they're so comfortable. I'm never looking back.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Amazing company

    • Austin, TX,
    • Sep 19, 2017
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    I signed up for Hubble on a whim, having been wearing the same contacts for about two months, and too lazy/cheap to go renew my expensive contacts.

    I ran into these guys and figured that if they were going to simply ship me a box of contacts, I had nothing to lose. It took two minutes to get signed up, and about eight months later, I could not be happier.

    Great price, great quality, and beyond convenient. Keep up the great work!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great value! Great lenses!

    I was looking for affordable daily lenses, and these checked all the boxes! I have been using Hubble lenses for a few months now and I am very glad I was able to find them. The cost works for me and the lenses are up to my expectations. I generally don't wear contacts for more than 8 hours a day when I do wear them, so I can't attest to keeping them in for a long time, but the price allows me to pop a fresh pair in every time.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Hubbles are great!

    Hubble Contacts are outstanding! I was hesitant to switch from my expensive dailies over to Hubble, but I’m extremely happy I did.

    The cost is very reasonable, so reasonable that I don’t worry about wearing them daily as I did with my previous dailies. I used to go every other day between contacts and glasses, and now I wear contacts every single day.

    They are comfortable, easy to put in and take out, and most importantly do a great job of helping me see! I have recommended them to friends and family and will continue to do so.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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