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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465 Consumer Reviews for Hubble Contacts

Average Consumer Rating: 4.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 330 4 star: 69 3 star: 9 2 star: 15 1 star:  42
Bottom Line: 86% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Great contacts

    • San Antonio, TX,
    • Nov 17, 2017
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    I have been using these for almost 6 months, and they work great for me. For the price, they are good quality and are breathable. I rarely have issues after I put them in. However, by the end of the day, they do get a little dry. I’m sure that can be fixed with some eye drops. Overall, great bang for your buck.

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

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  • Hubble makes it easy to get my contacts

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Nov 17, 2017
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    Hubble has been great so far. I don't have to remember to reorder contacts every month because Hubble sends my contacts straight to my mailbox; no more rushing to reorder contacts and paying for expedited shipping. Hubble has been cheaper than my previous online contact store.

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

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  • Incorrect order, but corrected

    I had received three-month orders without issue. My last order contained the wrong prescription. I notified them via email and the response was given within 24 hours. I was upset because at this point I had run out of contacts. I needed to submit a picture of the box of the wrong prescription. This was submitted, and I was told an email would be sent to notify me when my order was processed. I never received the email but I did receive the new box of correct contacts.

    Up until this point, service was good but I was very frustrated that I ran out of contacts due to their error. When I emailed the complaint, I asked that my order be canceled moving forward. My request was avoided in future communications I received, which is upsetting. Nothing was asked about what could be done to keep my business, and it looks like a call is needed to stop future orders.

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

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  • Hubble Contacts

    • Eatonton, GA,
    • Nov 17, 2017
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    Great quality contacts. Very similar to the expensive daily contacts brand I was purchasing before, but much more affordable. I wear them daily for prolonged periods without any problems. I have dry eyes and these do not bother me at all. Shipment is always on time, and I never run out.

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

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  • Affordable and comfortable

    Hubble Contacts are outrageously comfortable and SO affordable. It's nice to know that contacts don't have to be a luxury and that I can fit them into my budget. And I LOVE the fact that my contacts come in a reusable box. Yay Hubble!

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

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  • Worth it!

    I have been wearing daily contact lenses for years due to my job (construction) and severe dry eyes. It was a huge expense every year until I tried Hubble. I haven't had any issues with dry eyes, I'm still wearing dailies, and I'm saving over $300 a year! It's THE BEST. I cannot recommend it enough!

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

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  • Great and affordable contacts!

    • Buffalo, NY,
    • Nov 17, 2017
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    I started wearing Hubble Contacts right when they first came out because a friend recommended I try something cheaper than what I was paying for contacts. I don't wear contacts every day and Hubble contacts are perfect for that reason. They're great and easy to reorder, and the price is hard to beat!

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

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  • Hubble

    Hubble is great and convenient! The contacts feel awesome and comfortable. I’ve used Hubble for over six months. It is easy to order each month. The website is super user-friendly too!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Horrible contacts lenses

    Cool, $3.00 for a 2-week trial of contact lenses? Heck yeah!

    Okay, so, I get my contacts, unaware that by ordering a 2-week trial, that automatically signs me up for a "subscription," which I'm not aware of either.

    I hated the lenses. They were so uncomfortable! I constantly felt like I had sand in my eyes, or there was a film over the lens. My eyes would itch and water all the time. I hated them. I thought I would be done with them after that. Nope.

    About three weeks later or so, I see a charge on my bank statement for $33.00, and I get a box in the mail. I call Hubble, tell them I hated the lenses and that they actually hurt my eyes. They told me just to write "Return to Sender" on the box and stick in a mailbox. So, I did.

    Well, I got my credit, today to be exact, and it was only for $25.00. I called them and was told that in the "terms and conditions" it indicates that there will be a $5.00 restocking fee if lenses are returned. I complained that I never wanted a subscription, because the lenses were so horrible, and was just simply told that there was nothing she could do to give me an additional credit for the $5.00 restocking fee (even though they received their lenses back).

    This company sucks. Their lenses suck. So regretful I ever ordered the darn things.

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

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  • Best decision

    • Illinois,
    • Nov 17, 2017
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    I started using Hubble Contacts about 6 months ago. The idea that I wouldn't have to go to the store to pick up my contacts and that these daily contact lenses come at a fraction of the price seemed too good to be true, but I love them! Best decision I have ever made, the website and subscription is easy to navigate.

    If you don't feel like getting charged one month for any reason, you can simply go to their website and skip a month. I definitely recommend these daily contact lenses to anyone who simply just wants contacts that work on a day to day basis.

    I do have to mention that they are not the most comfortable lenses I've worn, but they are definitely manageable. If you are prone to having dry eyes, I would recommend that you apply eye drops at least once a day with these lenses because after an 8-hour use they do become dry, but honestly what lenses don't?

    Overall, a great service and great price for the daily lenses that you get. Also, who doesn't love the cute colorful packaging?!

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

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  • Great quality!

    For the price of these contacts, they are absolutely amazing! They’re so comfortable and I usually forget I even have them on! I used to have another brand of contacts and they were so uncomfortable and would occasionally burn my eyes and were extremely expensive! But Hubble Contacts are just the right fit and prescription for me. I would definitely recommend Hubble!

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

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