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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377 Consumer Reviews for Hubble Contacts

Average Consumer Rating: 4.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 270 4 star: 56 3 star: 5 2 star: 14 1 star:  32
Bottom Line: 87% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Life-changing

    • Clinton Township, MI,
    • Oct 21, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    The title describes my experience with Hubble Contacts.

    I’ve worn contacts for almost 20 years now, and I’ve been looking for a solution to make my contact wearing experience more convenient and comfortable. This is the solution I’ve been looking for my entire life! Normal dailies were too pricey, but once I heard about Hubble, I had to try them.

    Hubble Contacts are incredibly comfortable, convenient, and you can’t beat the price! Overall, I’m saving a $100 a year on my contacts, and I have the convenience of dailies. I couldn’t have asked for a better solution! Thank you Hubble!

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

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  • Great service, super affordable!

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Oct 21, 2017
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    After being tired of paying $60 a box (yes, you read that right, total of $120 a month) for Acuvue Oasys contacts, I desperately searched for some way to make contacts more affordable for me. My optometrist and I had talked about dailies rather than reusables because my eyes are so darn dry.

    I think I ran across Hubble on Facebook a few years ago and decided to give them a try. For only $30 a month (total, for both L and R eyes), I fell in love with the price and the quality. My prescription is spot-on, and these contacts feel JUST like the Oasys lenses I wore years ago.

    I love that it's a recurring subscription so that I don't have to worry about running out, and have turned most of my family onto Hubble as well!

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

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  • Amazing, convenient service

    The Hubble Contacts service is truly life-changing. I have allergies and sensitive eyes, so daily contacts are the most ideal solution for me. However, purchasing daily contacts in bulk and remembering to re-order is cumbersome. Having Hubble automatically charge and deliver my contacts (that I love just as much as the fancy kind) is incredible. I recommend them to everyone.

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

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  • Great product

    I was unsure about receiving my contacts through the mail from a company that I had only heard of through a paid advertisement. I was tired of dealing with expensive and uncomfortable contacts from my eye doctor, so I decided to take a chance and placed my first order.

    This turned out to be a great decision for me. Fresh lenses every day are incredible! If I'm away from home and my eyes become tired or dirty, I just take them out and throw them away, put on my glasses and go about my business. My contacts arrive on time every month, and the lenses are extremely comfortable every day.

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

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  • Great bargain!

    I've been wearing Hubble Contacts for over 6 months now. They work great. I haven't experienced any problems or irritation. I had previously worn Dailies Total 1. The price and monthly delivery make these not only convenient but a bargain!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great company!

    Great company! I have enjoyed my entire experience with Hubble. They make it easy to order and easy to skip a month. It’s nice to know that your contacts will show up in your mailbox every month (if you want them to). No more scrabbling around trying to find your backup contacts. And they come in some pretty cute packaging. So glad I found Hubble!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Contact lenses for those on a budget!

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Oct 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've been using Hubble for a few months now. I exclusively used Acuvue Oasys Weeklies, and it would cost me more than $60 per month! When I saw an ad for Hubble on Instagram, I said, why not? Truthfully, I do not see or feel a difference between Acuvue and Hubble. I REFUSE to even go back to that brand now. I'm a Hubble user all the way!

    Best part is, I don't have to spend any time in the bathroom putting my contacts away in a case and soak. Acuvue Dailies would have cost me around $80-$90. Hubble are daily lenses. You are paying $1 per day. How can you beat that?

    I definitely recommend Hubble to all. You won't regret it. And, if you don't like it? Well, they offer a free trial.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Good deal, good contacts.

    I really wanted to support this startup company after seeing it advertised on my social media accounts and reading up about it.

    The contacts are affordable and comfortable. I love that they are shipped to me automatically monthly, so I don't have to worry about buying more contacts every month or so. You can also edit your monthly delivery schedule at any time on their website. Signing up is also pretty quick and easy compared to other contact companies.

    I wish there was a way to edit your prescription on the website under your account (instead of having to email them). I also wish there was a way to track your package of contacts on the website too. Those 2 things would be very helpful and make Hubble even better.

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Such a waste of money

    • Iowa,
    • Oct 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've worn contacts for about 10 years and have previously always gone for the month-long lenses. However, as a college student, dropping $150-$250 at a time at my vision center for a year supply (not including the yearly eye exam costs for a valid prescription) doesn't always seem very practical for my budget. So, I was in need of a "cheaper" alternative and recognized Hubble as "that one company that always has those TV ads for cheap daily contacts." I really liked the concept of a subscription-based contact lens service because presumably, you spend way less at one time than you would have to spend with other options, so I decided to give it a shot.

    First of all, Hubble Contacts are NOT cheaper than regular contact lenses, assuming you want the cheapest option available for lenses. Hubble will cost you around $35 per month (including shipping fees). 35 x 12 = $420 per year. After I did more research, I have definitely managed to find sites that sell some month-long contact lenses for the SAME price as Hubble even on a monthly basis, and that's for 2 boxes of 6 (for left and right eye). That means if you use Hubble you are spending roughly the same amount on lenses for a ONE-month supply that you could be spending for a SIX-month supply if you chose monthly lenses (depending on the brand of course). That fact alone should repel you from paying for this total scam of a subscription service, especially since the whole concept is centered around "contacts are too expensive and we are the solution." But wait! There's more!

    These are SO uncomfortable. When they came in the mail and I put them in my eyes for the first time, I literally couldn't tell if they were inside-out or if I had received the wrong prescription or something because they were so dry and blurry right after putting them in. They feel exactly like what 2-week lenses feel like if you were to use the same pair every day for 3 months. If you rub your eye, they fall right out. If you keep your eyes open without blinking for 5 seconds, they go blurry. There's no way I can wear these lenses for more than 4 hours max.

    Honestly, save your money and look for month-long lens options on 1-800 Contacts or Lens.com. The concept of Hubble is great, but the price and garbage quality almost couldn't be worse. The only reason I'm giving Hubble 2 stars instead of 1 is because they give you the free trial period of 15 days of lenses, you just pay the $3 for shipping. However, I want my $3 back.

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

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  • Not bad

    • Ridgecrest, CA,
    • Oct 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is a very convenient way to get your contacts without having to pay $200 plus out of pocket up front, once you get past the billing issues (what days they bill).

    The only other issues I’ve found is the ripping of the package next to the one you are using. If you don’t watch, you will waste a contact. Also, I found one completely empty.

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

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  • Easy and affordable!

    Hubble Contacts was a game changer for me because my insurance has no coverage for contacts. It was super easy to sign up and very affordable. The boxes always arrive on time and having daily lenses feels great on my eyes.

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

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