Her eye care is free.
Avoid lenses like these, Daysoft, etc. Made from Hydrogel, a material designed in the 1960's. Poor comfort, very poor oxygen transmissibility, high risk of problems, ulcers, etc. If you value your eyes, look for lenses made from Silicone Hydrogel. Much better comfort, vastly improved oxygen transmissibility, many are UV protecting, much less risks to your eyes. Pretty much all modern contact lenses (eg Coopervision, Acuvue, etc.) available at reputable opticians will be made from Silcone Hydrogel. Very good deals in Specsavers, Vision Express, etc. as mentioned above (also available affordably online). As with everything, you get what you pay for...
That's fair, probably not the best opening line! I guess what I meant was there is not always a saving buying online. Unless your wife's eye test and contacts check combined cost less than 31.44. Most opticians charge more than that as far as I know. So once again for me buying daily disposables online would cost me more than buying from specsavers if I total up everything. However, I can see some contacts probably are cheaper online, but I feel the majority of contacts are pretty reasonably priced in the all inclusive packages with the major players on the high street.
I got all that, but I was quoting your opening line, "I cant understand why people buy online" and cited a reason. That aside, apart from the free pair of glasses up to £45, I dont see what the wife misses out on. She has her annual eye-tests for glasses & contacts done by a local independent optician who she's used for years. The only real difference being she chooses to buy her daily disposables online instead, and save money in the process. I suppose her shout would be "I cant understand why people dont buy online" Lol, each to their own. The bottom line being as long as you are happy with your eyes, regardless of what route you go down, that's all that really matters. Her eyesight must be tip top, she misses nothing. (annoyed)
I got my first eye tested when I east 18 and I had -0.25 and -0.75 and that time optician told me I have rugby ball eye shape and have astigmatism. then afer 4 years (now) it increased to -0.75 and -1 so I was like let me get contacts so I got trial and then bought my acuvue moist toric 30 days for £40 Age doesn't matter for astigmatism. Daily toric are more expensive try monthly contact lenses they are a bit cheaper but you have to clean them and take care of it