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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926 Consumer Reviews for Hubble Contacts

Average Consumer Rating: 4.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 649 4 star: 129 3 star: 20 2 star: 28 1 star:  100
Bottom Line: 85% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Love Hubble!

    • New York, NY,
    • May 21, 2018
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    Hubble has made everything so easy! I don’t have to go to the doctor, pay a bunch or try to keep up with my contacts. It’s just easy to throw them away at the end of the day! I like just being able to do everything online and then they show up in my mailbox. I also don’t wear contacts every day, but I like having the option.

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

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  • Does not provide contacts for astigmatism

    • Georgia,
    • May 21, 2018
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    I ordered a trial box and provided them with my prescription that clearly states that it is for astigmatism. They still sent me the trial box and as I had been traveling, I couldn't try them on before they sent me the first order. When I tried them, I realized it was not for astigmatism. I called and Hubble canceled my contacts but told me to return the box for a refund. I waited a month and did not see a refund and had to call; when I did, the customer service said they had received the box, but they refund in bulk so there was a delay, but said she'd issue a refund that day.

    When I checked my email, I saw that they just refunded only $25, saying there was a $5 restocking fee and a $3 shipping. I had to call back and explained to the rep that it seems unfair to charge me for these fees when they should've checked my prescription, which clearly says it's for astigmatism. They said there was nothing they could do and that it was my fault for not reading the FAQs, so I said I'll just write a review; they then refunded me the $5 restocking fee, but then did not waive the $3 fee. This seems an entirely incompetent company and poor customer service.

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

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  • Easy but not necessarily cost-effective

    I enjoy the ease of purchasing my contacts online, and being able to skip months! Cost is okay, but not necessarily any cheaper than purchasing through my optometrist. The only annoying thing is if you want to cancel, there is no option to do so online, and you must call in.

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

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  • Great

    • Detroit, MI,
    • May 19, 2018
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    I've been using Hubble for almost two years now and it's been an amazing service. I love how easy it is to change your delivery date or how often to deliver the contacts; I wear my glasses as frequently as I do contacts, so I won't go through an entire month's supply in that time frame. It's a great value for how often I wear contacts and I will definitely continue to use Hubble as long as it's available!

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

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  • Great product!

    • Texas,
    • May 18, 2018
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    I've been using Hubble for almost a year now. The contacts come right to my mailbox for a great price. They are comfortable and easy to use. I love being able to toss them away each night instead of dealing with cleaning solutions.

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

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  • So easy!

    • Tuxedo Park, NY,
    • May 17, 2018
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    I've been using Hubble Contacts for almost a year. I was hesitant to use it because it seemed really trendy, but when a friend said she had tried it, I really wanted to try it. It's so easy that the package comes well before the month ends, so you'll have it when the next month starts. I love being able to start each day with a fresh pair of contacts.

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

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  • Hubble is great!

    • Fort Smith, AR,
    • May 17, 2018
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    Hubble Contacts makes it so easy to wear brand-new contact lenses every day! I love the price, and I love the quality. I recommend this to every one of my friends and family who wear contacts. When they discover how easy it is to get contacts through Hubble, they always thank me for my recommendation.

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

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  • Your choice

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • May 17, 2018
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    I'm satisfied with the quality of the Hubble lenses. They're comfortable and provide good clear vision.

    Before Hubble, I was a two-week Acuvue Oasys wearer. I like those, too. Hubble's are daily disposable and, if you shop around, are still about a third more than best prices on two-week lenses, even if you count the lens storing solution. If you want a pristine lens every day you wear a lens, Hubble is a good choice. While YMMV, two-week lenses last, uh, longer, unless you frequently fall asleep with them, or tear them. I've had soft lenses for 40 years, and give two-week lenses the advantage.

    If you have the bucks, pay a little more, and stick new lenses in your eye every day. I'll probably go back to a discount lens seller and get my Acuvues, and slightly more flexibility and support from my Ophthalmologist.

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

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  • Great service, easy to use

    • St. Paul, MN,
    • May 17, 2018
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    I have been using Hubble Contacts for nearly one year now, and I love it. It's great to have contact lenses delivered to my home each month, so I don't have to worry about it. It's also my first time using daily disposable lenses, which has been an amazing change in my life.

    One month, I received an incorrect prescription from Hubble, but they fixed it right away. Very little hassle - I sent an email to customer service, they responded right away.

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

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  • Easy process and service

    • La Jolla, CA,
    • May 17, 2018
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    Extremely easy service to use and quick application process. Making the move from monthlies to dailies was the best decision I’ve made for my eyes. Hubble allows you to pause your subscription without charge so that your contacts delivery doesn't pile up.

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

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  • Love my contacts

    I absolutely love that my contacts come to my door monthly and for such an affordable price.

    I have a hard time finding contacts that I’m not allergic to. These are by far the most comfortable I’ve found.

    Great customer service too!

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

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