Can I order contacts or glasses online with vision insurance?

Like many products, you can order glasses and contacts online. Many online retailers accept vision insurance, although insurance plans may vary based on what brands and retailers they cover.

Let’s explore the details of ordering contacts or glasses online with vision insurance.

How do you use your vision insurance to buy contact lenses, frames or lenses online?

How you purchase eyewear with insurance may vary based on your plan or provider. For some retailers, you can buy frames, lenses and contacts online using your prescription and submit an insurance claim at checkout. After submitting your receipt and claim to your insurance provider, you may be reimbursed for part of the cost.

How often can I buy contacts or glasses online with vision insurance?

Your insurance plan design will determine how often you can get contacts or glasses. Generally, plans don’t cover both eyeglasses and contacts purchased in the same year.4

Some Humana vision plans offer an allowance toward frames and lenses once every 12 months and frames once every 24 months from the last date of service. If you’re not purchasing eyeglasses, Humana vision plan members also have an allowance once every 12 months to buy contact lenses at participating providers.

Frequently asked questions

Can I order contacts online without a prescription?

You will need a prescription to order contacts online. Contact lenses are specially made to fit your prescription and the shape of your eye. You can get a prescription through a contact lens exam and fitting at your optometrist. During the exam, an eye care professional will test if you are a good candidate for contacts, then measure your eyes to write a prescription.1

With a Humana vision plan, members get a standard contact exam and fitting once every 12 months from the last date of service at participating providers. Humana vision plans also offer allowances for disposable contacts, in lieu of eyeglass lenses, from participating providers.

Can I order glasses online without a prescription?

To buy glasses with corrective lenses online, you’ll need to have a prescription handy. Many websites allow you to enter your prescription while ordering your frames and lenses.7 If you need a prescription, or if your current one is out of date, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor.

How can I order eyeglasses or contacts online?

Here are some basic steps to order eyeglasses or contacts online:2

  1. Get your prescription and pupillary distance (PD) measurement ready.
  2. Compare online retailers for frame, lens or contact selection and price range.
  3. Choose your frames, lenses or contact lenses.
  4. Add your prescription (and PD measurement for glasses) to the order.
  5. Review the return policy.
  6. Place your order.

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Humana vision plans offer discounts on glasses, contacts, routine eye exams and more. Check out our Humana vision insurance plans now to find budget-friendly plans in your area.

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  1. Russel Lazarus, “The Contact Lens Exam,” Optometrists Network, last accessed July 28, 2023,
  2. “How to buy glasses online in 6 easy steps,” All About Vision, last accessed July 28, 2023,