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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352 Customer Reviews for Hubble Contacts

Average Customer Rating: 4.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 253 4 star: 50 3 star: 4 2 star: 13 1 star:  32
Bottom Line: 86% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Easy and awesome

    I was a monthly contact wearer who would consistently try to wear them for as long as possible. Living in Arizona presented a major problem with how dry the air is, and I found myself not being able to wear my contacts for even the full month. I looked to switching to daily contacts through my eye doctor's office, but they were considerably more expensive and I would either have to store a large amount or drive to the office frequently.

    Hubble has made this process so much easier as I no longer have to drive anywhere to get my contacts, I just toss them at the end of the day, and I no longer have to worry about having contact cases! Great customer service as well!

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

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  • Unexpectedly VERY happy with Hubble!

    • Wappingers Falls, NY,
    • Oct 12, 2017
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    I love Hubble! I've had bad experiences with several types of contacts so I didn't think I'd find another provider for contacts that would be as comfortable as my previous pair. So when my insurance stopped covering my contacts, I was quite hesitant to try something different. However, I'm glad I tried Hubble! The contacts are very comfortable and it's just so easy! Easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to skip a month when you don't need additional contacts (I wear glasses about half the time).

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

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  • Love these contacts!

    • Centralia, Illinois,
    • Oct 11, 2017
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    Before Hubble Contacts, I ran out all the time. I love the feel of Hubble Contacts. Every month they arrive on time! No worries! These contacts are very comfortable. I love the convenience of Hubble!

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

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  • Love Hubble!

    I first ordered Hubble Contacts in July after seeing there was a two-week free trial. I can only use Daily Contacts and have been frustrated with the cost of contacts/glasses for years (my insurance does not cover lenses or glasses). I wasn't expecting quality as good as my other, more expensive, daily contact lenses, but have been so happy with my switch! I wear my contacts all day long, from about 5:00 am to 9:00 pm, and have not had issues with them drying out or irritating my eyes. The price and automatic delivery make it very easy.

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

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  • Great contacts at an even better price

    • California,
    • Oct 11, 2017
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    I had been wanting to get daily contacts for years and years but never felt like I could afford them. I tried out Hubble for a few weeks, thinking that the contacts probably wouldn't be that good and I'd have to suffer through my monthlies forever, but the Hubble Contacts were comfortable, and I hardly even noticed any difference from my monthly brand. The customer service is also very quick to respond and is helpful. These contacts have made my daily routine a little easier and I love it!

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

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  • Convenient contacts

    I've been happy with my contacts from Hubble. They always arrive on time and usually about a week before I will run out of contacts. Occasionally, the pair I put in makes my eyes itchy and dry, but either putting an eye drop in or switching out the pair works! I have used several other brands, and this happens with every brand. I am still trying to figure out if I am actually saving money; but, overall I am satisfied with the service and contacts!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    I tried the two-week daily trial for $3, and it wasn't worth 3 cents. The lenses are so cheap the irritated my eyes, and I could see better without them than with them. I tried a second set of lenses, thinking maybe it was just a bad pair, and got the same result. They hurt so badly that I couldn't keep them in and wound up throwing them away. They also force you to sign up for automatic deliveries, and I canceled that right away even before I received the lousy lenses. I wanted to experience them before I committed to additional quantities and I am so glad that I did.

    Don't waste your time or money. These lenses are garbage, and that's where I threw mine.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Was skeptical, but...

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Oct 10, 2017
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    I arrived here after researching whether or not these are worth their trouble. I've been wearing them for four days now, and absolutely love them. I received a nasty note from my optometrist, who suggested that they were sub-par and bad for my eyes (I very much took his note as "don't order from them; they'll put me out of business"), so decided to do some research to check it out.

    Bottom line: they're cheaper, easier, and honestly have been more comfortable than my other, more expensive lenses, so I'm a fan and here to stay.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Good contacts for good price

    • Jacksonville, FL,
    • Oct 8, 2017
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    I switched to Hubble after running out of my very expensive Dailies Total Ones. I wanted a cheaper alternative without compromising on quality, so I decided to give Hubble's free two-week trial a try. I was hooked immediately; the contacts are daily contacts, just like the ones I had been using before, and they are very comfortable.

    There was once an issue with the wrong prescription being sent to me, but the customer service was great and sent me out the proper prescription right away! All in all, I would say I am happy with Hubble and would recommend them to anyone.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great contacts!

    I thoroughly enjoy using Hubble for my contacts. Their system is very easy to manage and adjust when I don't need my contacts exactly a month after my previous order.

    I was hesitant to try new contacts because I had been with Acuvue for almost 4 years before I switched to Hubble. But after the free trial, I realized these contacts are just as comfortable as Acuvue and more affordable!

    I've never had an issue with the contacts and would 100% recommend them to someone looking to switch to a more affordable brand. My only suggestion would be that Hubble offers an option other than daily contacts because I have friends who want to switch over but do not use daily contacts.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Wonderful!

    Hubble has changed the way I wear contacts. They are affordable and daily, something I didn't know existed! The delivery is consistent, and the contact wear is great even after long days staring at a computer screen.

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

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