Ordering & Understanding Prescriptions

What do I need to make a purchase?

For Eyeglasses

When you’re looking for your next pair of glasses, you’ll want to make sure you have the following information on hand to ensure that your shopping experience is fast, efficient, and easy:

  1. Have a copy of your glasses prescription. Learn how to read your prescription.
  2. Make sure your Pupillary Distance (PD) has been included in your prescription. Can’t find your PD?
  3. Use your current measurements from glasses or sunglasses that fit you well to find the products that will provide your ideal fit. Learn how to get your measurements.

You can also create prescription sunglasses in a variety of tints, or add Transitions® lenses to nearly any frame. Learn how to create prescription sunglasses.

Pupillary Distance (PD)
What is a PD?

A Pupillary Distance (PD) is the measurement in millimeters from the center of one pupil to the center of the other. An accurate PD helps guarantee that your prescription is properly focused to ensure full clarity and correction. Learn More about understanding pupillary distance (PD) and why it matters to your glasses prescription.

Why can’t I find my PD on my prescription?

There are two reasons why a PD may not appear on your prescription:

The first is that you may instead have a prescription for contact lenses. If you see a brand of contacts listed on your prescription, then these parameters will not work for glasses. You will have to contact your eye care professional to ask for a separate glasses prescription to ensure that you have the most accurate vision correction.

The second is that your PD was simply not written on your prescription. If this is the case, contact your eyecare practitioner and ask them for your glasses PD. If you are unable to attain this number, you can measure your PD with a ruler. Learn How.

Will I be able to purchase out of stock frames?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a sold-out product will be restocked, and therefore cannot offer a wait list for out of stock products at this time. If you see a frame you love, act fast to avoid missing out!

Looking for style advice on how to find a similar looking frame? Call us at 1-866-333-6888.

For Contact Lenses

When you’re searching for your prescribed brand of contact lenses, you’ll want to make sure you have the following information on hand to ensure that your shopping experience is fast, efficient, and easy:

  1. Have a copy of your contact lens prescription – including your base curve (BC) Diameter (Dia), expiry date, and prescribed brand. Not sure how to read your prescription? Learn More.
  2. Make sure you know how to safely insert and remove your contact lenses, and be sure of your wear schedule – whether it’s a daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly lens. Always speak with your eye care professional if you are unsure. Learn More about the types of contact lenses.
  3. For all non-daily lenses, ensure that you have a clean contact lens case and the right kind of cleaning solution to avoid eye irritation and bacterial growth. Learn More about Contact Lens Care.
  4. Clarify the wait time for your brand – certain lens types, including multifocal, RGP, and astigmatism/toric are custom-made orders through the manufacturer and will take longer to ship. This information can be found on each brand page, under the heading “Availability.”

Prescription Verification

Why do you need to verify my contact lens prescription?

Federal law requires that all contact lens purchases be verified with your eye care professional to ensure that your prescription is up to date and accurate.

How do I verify my prescription?

If you have a copy of your prescription on hand, you can send it to us in a variety of ways.

  1. Email verification@coastal.com
  2. Submit the prescription verification form below
  3. Fax your prescription to 1-866-333-6810

If you do not have a copy of your prescription available, you can always give us your doctor’s number and we can call them on your behalf. Call us at 1-866-333-6888 to provide their contact information.

When does my prescription expire?

There should be an expiration date listed on your contact lens prescription, set by your eye care professional. In most states, your prescription expires after 1-2 years. If you cannot find this information, we recommend speaking directly with your doctor.

My prescription is expired – what now?

We can only verify valid prescriptions, which means that as soon as your prescription has passed the expiration date, we are unable to send your contact lens order until we receive an updated copy. To update your prescription and renew the expiry date, we recommend that you see your eye care professional for a refreshed eye exam.

Can I automatically refill my contact lens prescription?

Our Contact Lenses by Subscription program allows you to set a recurring delivery schedule for your prescribed contact lenses that you can change or cancel at any time. You’ll have the option to select this program while placing your contact lens order. Learn more about Contact Lenses by Subscription.

Price Matching, Taxes and UPP

What is your price match guarantee?

If I see a lower price on contact lenses, will you match it?

Our Price Match Guarantee means that we will match any authorized price for your contact lenses with any of our online competitors. We’ll also give you an additional 5% off the competitor’s total up to a maximum discount of $300 per order.

How do I price match my contacts?

To receive the Price Match Guarantee:

  1. Either contact us prior to making your order to secure your price match for 48 hours, or contact us within 30 days of making your order.
  2. The lower-priced online merchant must have the product currently in stock, the product listed must be identical (including number of lenses per box), and be an established site as determined by Coastal.
  3. Shipping and handling charges, sales taxes, and any other fees charged by the competitor will be included in the total when determining the price match.
  4. You can perform a maximum of 3 price matches within a 90-day period.
  5. The guarantee is based on the competitor’s final price. As such, we cannot combine this offer with any other coupons or codes featured on our site. This offer does not extend to custom, made-to-order, and RGP lenses.
  6. This offer is exclusive to contact lenses. Glasses are not eligible for price matches with other sites.

Note: Unfortunately due to the Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) dictated by select contact lens manufacturers we are not able to provide the additional 5% on any products covered by this policy. Due to this policy we offer Free Shipping and Handling on all UPP products. Learn more about UPP products

Can I price match my glasses?

We do not offer the ability to price match glasses or sunglasses featured on competitor sites, however if your eyeglasses or sunglasses go on sale on our site within 30 days of your purchase, we will provide an adjustment for the difference in cost. After 30 days have passed, we are not able to extend this offer.

Note: Merchant prices found through third party ads are not eligible for price matches. Prices must be validated by our Vision Ambassadors in order to be matched.

Can I add a coupon code to my order after checkout?

We can apply a coupon to your order and adjust your cost within 30 days of your purchase date. After 30 days have passed, we are not able to extend this offer.

Price match form

Are prescription products taxed?

In North America, prescription products – including prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, and prescription contact lenses – do not incur sales tax at the point of purchase.

What if I live outside of North America?

Outside of North America, all packages ship from Canada and the United States may incur additional charges. Coastal is not responsible for any taxes, duties, or other fees charged by your country’s customs department. To avoid unexpected charges, please contact the customs organization in your home country about their current policies.

For orders to Japan, due to customs regulations, we are only permitted to ship a maximum of 4 boxes per order.

What is UPP?

UPP stands for Unilateral Pricing Policy. Under this policy, the manufacturer dictates the minimum prices that their contact lenses can be sold for. Due to this policy, we cannot offer any additional discounts or rebates on these products. Therefore, Coastal proudly provides free shipping and handling on all UPP products with NO minimum required.

Do all online and physical stores have to follow UPP?

Yes. In order to eliminate marketplace competition, contact lens manufacturers implemented UPP. The price across both online and brick and mortar retailers will be the same.

Will you be able to price match a UPP product?

Because all UPP products are being sold for the same price across all storefronts and cannot be discounted in any way, we are not able to price match products listed under UPP.

Are my lenses affected by UPP?

To date, the following lenses are under price restrictions by their manufacturer:

  • Ultra 6-pack
  • Dailies Total 1 contacts lenses/30-pack
  • Dailies Total 1 contacts lenses/90-pack
  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric contact lenses/30-pack
  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric contact lenses/90-pack
  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal contact lenses/30-pack
  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal contact lenses/90-pack
  • Air Optix Colors contact lenses 6-pack

Shipping, Returns, Exchanges

How do I make a return?

How do I return my glasses and/or sunglasses?

We want you to be happy with your order, and if anything is less than perfect we’re happy to accept returns for glasses and sunglasses provided that they are in unworn, unused condition. Follow the Steps for Making a Return or Exchange below for more information.

How do I return my contact lenses?

We want you to be happy with your order, and if anything is less than perfect we’re happy to accept returns for contact lenses provided the boxes are all unopened, unmarked, and unused. Follow the Steps for Making a Return or Exchange below for more information.

The Steps for Making a Return or Exchange

To return your order, call our Vision Care center at 1-866-333-6888 and they will email you a prepaid postage stamp.

Please place your returning items in a sturdy box or the original package. Make sure that the return label is clearly visible. The return address should read:

Coastal.com
1499 Odell Street
Blaine, WA
98230

Can I exchange my glasses order?

We recommend that you first call our Vision Care center at 1-866-333-6888 for a return postage label to return the original pair which will be refunded after it has been received.

If you are returning your first pair within 30 days of the ship date, our Vision Care Ambassadors can help you place an order for a new pair of glasses with your original promotion under the original promotion’s guidelines. This will be charged separately.

When will I get my refund?

Please allow for 2-3 weeks from the date of return to receive your store credit or refund back onto the original account.

Can I refund to a different credit or Visa-debit card?

Yes. Call us prior to making your return to let us know that you wish to refund to an alternate card. We cannot transfer funds to a gift card, a non-Visa debit card, and we cannot refund store credit onto a credit/Visa-Debit card at this time.

How long does it take my order to ship?

How long does it take my contact lenses to ship?

All contact lens orders must be verified prior to shipping. The verification process can take 2-3 business days. Learn more about contact lens verification.

After your order has been verified, your wait time depends on your lens type. Some products – including toric/astigmatism, RGP, and multifocal lenses are custom orders through the manufacturer. Production times are listed on product pages under the heading “Availability.”

Once your contact lenses are both verified and in stock, they should be shipped within 1-2 business days and will arrive within the time estimate provided by your chosen shipping method.

Ground shipping takes 5-7 business days for delivery.

How long will it take for my prescription glasses to ship?

Production times for prescription lenses can vary from 2-7 business days depending on the intricacy of the prescription and the type of lens required. Once your lenses have been crafted and mounted into the frame, they will be shipped to you using your chosen shipping method.

Ground shipping takes 5-7 business days for delivery.

How long will it take for my sunglasses to ship?

Sunglasses will ship within 1-2 business days of your order being placed, provided there are no prescription products in your order. They will be shipped using your chosen shipping method.

Ground shipping takes 5-7 business days for delivery.

How do I track my order?

When your order ships, you will be sent an email confirmation which includes a tracking number and instructions for how to track your order online. Your order will remain trackable within 30 days of the ship date. If you are shipping internationally, some services do not provide a tracking number.

Will I be charged duties and taxes?

In North America, prescription products – including prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, and contact lenses – do not incur sales tax at the point of purchase.

Non-prescription products will incur the usual rate of tax for your region.

What if I live outside of North America?

Outside of North America, all packages ship from Canada and the United States may incur additional charges. Coastal is not responsible for any taxes, duties, or other fees charged by your country’s customs department. To avoid unexpected charges, please contact the customs organization in your home country about their current policies.

For orders to Japan, due to customs regulations, we are only permitted to ship a maximum of 4 contact lens boxes per order.

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