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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570 Consumer Reviews for Hubble Contacts

Average Consumer Rating: 4.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 398 4 star: 86 3 star: 12 2 star: 17 1 star:  57
Bottom Line: 86% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Best idea ever

    These daily wears are incredibly comfortable, fairly priced, and the service wonderfully convenient. I never have to worry about running out or having to drive 20 miles to my eye doctor to pick them up. I tell everybody I know that wear contacts about Hubble. It's silly to do contacts any other way. Thank you so much!

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

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  • Easy peasy

    • Jamison, PA,
    • Dec 14, 2017
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    I started with a free box offer thinking I would cancel, but I found that I LOVE the convenience of getting my daughter's contact lenses in the mail, fresh every month. I'm not worried about her storing them incorrectly, losing boxes under the bed, or last-minute cries that she ran out of them. Every month a fresh new box shows up!

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

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  • Good alternative to expensive brands

    Hubble is a great alternative to expensive brands. It is convenient and deliveries are prompt. The contacts are fairly comfortable. I wouldn’t rate them a 5-star just because I had a couple contacts that were either ripped or had no solution in the little cup. Seems like there could be some improvement in quality control. At the end of the day, they sometimes get blurry and dry, but that is only after wearing them for 10 or so hours.

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

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  • Great contacts

    • New York,
    • Dec 14, 2017
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    Nice packaging, great contacts, 10/10 would buy again. Reasonable price for what they are, and did I mention, great packaging! Customer service is solid, and they have some really solid packaging.

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

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  • Amazing

    These contacts are amazing. Fits great, and they are super comfortable. I have recommended these contacts to everyone I know who wears contacts. The upside to using Hubble is no waiting in lines or going out to have to pick them up. They are shipped to your door every month, so there’s no hassle for you.

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

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  • Hubble

    • California,
    • Dec 14, 2017
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    It seems like they are more dust or maybe more water absorbent than other contacts; i.e., if you have one piece of lint from drying your hands then it will attach to the aqua dailies. Also at least the first couple of times I had to use multiple contacts because my eye would randomly burn from them. But my eyes are less dry than when using aqua brand, oddly.

    Also, why is there no express shipping option? I would pay extra for this! Or maybe send me 35 lenses every 30 days because no doubt I always run out early. It is convenient though.

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Beware of hidden fee

    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Dec 13, 2017
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    First, their customer service team is horrible. I don't think they have a manual on how to deal with customers. They don't inform you any unnecessary cost that they want to expect the customer to pay, so be careful when you ask for a free box.

    I canceled their subscription once I tried a free box. Their contact lens is not comfy comparing with Acuvue, which I use, so I canceled it. But my subscription ended on Sunday, so I called them on the next day morning to cancel my subscription. But the representative told me that mine was already shipped. (it turned out they shipped 7 PM on the same day). So he told me that to simply return the product when I get it.

    However, I only got a partial return. Shipping/handling/restocking cost is $11, so I get only $33. And they said that the hidden fee is shown somewhere on their website, and they use a third party shipping company so that I have to accept it. What kind of service is that? Horrible service ever.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Very proud Hubble customer

    • Brooklyn, NY,
    • Dec 13, 2017
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    My friend Ben started Hubble and I couldn’t be more proud of him. They provide a great product at a reasonable price. I had been meaning to switch to daily contacts, but it wasn’t feasible for my budget until now. My only gripe is getting too many contacts! I’ll usually end up with another stockpile before I finish 30 days worth because I switch between contacts and glasses.

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

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  • Easy, convenient, and affordable!

    Hubble Contacts is an extremely convenient way to purchase and receive daily contact lens. I am a very forgetful person when it comes to ordering contacts from my eye care provider. Hubble Contacts eliminates the forgetful character trait of mine and makes it so much easier to have the affordable and comfortable lens at my disposal. Daily lenses provide you with a fresh pair of contact lens that are easy and comfortable. The affordability compared to my eye care provider is visible. I pay way less for daily lenses through Hubble Contacts than I do through my eye care provider. I also don't have to make a trip out to my eye care provider to pick them up because Hubble Contacts consistently delivers my contacts to my door every month.

    I would definitely recommend the Hubble Contacts service to anyone who wears daily contact lenses!

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

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  • In one word - convenient

    • Albuquerque, NM,
    • Dec 13, 2017
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    What a convenient and affordable service this is. I have been using Hubble Contacts for the last three months and my favorite part of it is not having to think about me ordering, they just show up. They are well packaged, ship quickly, and I haven't had any issues at all. My doctor approved my order without having to contact him, Hubble takes care of that for me. Very satisfied!

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

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  • Surprisingly fresh!

    I finally gave Hubble a try after seeing all the ads on Instagram. I wear them for most of the day, and by the time I get home from, my eyes are still feeling fresh. You cannot beat the price and being able to skip a month or two. I recommend it to my friends and coworker, even strangers!

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

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