It seems that almost everyone wants to be able to buy contact lenses without a prescription, and nearly as many people are finding it difficult.
This is true whether you are looking for contact lenses to correct your vision, or colored lenses to wear for purely cosmetic purposes.
If you’ve tried to buy contacts online then you’ve almost certainly been asked for your prescription details.
So, what can you do? One good idea is to get a sight test and an up to date prescription. This will then give you the whole world to choose from, as well as being sensible from the point of view of eye health.
But let’s suppose that you are intent on getting your lenses without a current prescription.
Can you buy contact lenses without a prescription from Canada? I spoke to the Canadian health department to find out.
This is what they told me:
A Canadian resident does require an up to date prescription to buy normal, sight-correcting contact lenses, from Canada or from anywhere else.
A Canadian business is not allowed to sell normal, sight-correcting lenses to anyone, whether they are in Canada or not.
But the good news is, if you want to buy colored contact lenses without a prescription then currently Canada does not class these as medical devices, provided that they have zero strength (plano), and so you can buy colored contacts from Canada without a prescription.
My own recommendation is always to get your eyes checked and to get a prescription.