Table of Contents
- Say hi to Waldo (the contacts, not the cartoon character)
- Powers, availability and more
- Does Waldo Contacts have a lens for astigmatism or presbyopia?
- Are Waldo Contacts right for you?
- How much do Waldo Contacts cost?
- My personal experience
- Two things that concern me about Waldo
- Final thoughts
- Waldo Contacts details
Like Hubble Contacts, I don’t know anyone who fits Waldo Contacts (and in this review, you’ll learn why). However, since we pride ourselves on providing you with accurate and transparent eye care information, I decided to research, order, and review Waldo Contacts. Below is a complete review of what you need to know about Waldo Contacts, including the pros and cons of wearing the lens.
Note: If you want to see how Waldo stacks up against other subscription contacts (i.e. Aveo, Sight Supply, and Hubble) watch the video below.
Say hi to Waldo (the contacts, not the cartoon character)
To start, Waldo is based out of the UK and first became available to the US market in late 2018. The company’s mission is to give its customers the highest quality contacts without the hassle or the price tag. Since their launch, they have raised multiple rounds of funding and are now serving customers in Europe, the US, and beyond.
Shipped to your door in sleek packaging, the lens material these contacts are made of (etafilcon A) was developed in the 1970s. Honestly, this material is OK and is the same one used in Acuvue 1-Day Moist. However, what many people don’t realize is that Acuvue 1-Day Moist incorporates Lacreon Technology within the lens to retain its moisture throughout the day. On the other hand, it’s unclear exactly what lens technology is used on or within Waldo Contacts (and it shows).
Powers, availability and more
Waldo Contacts are available in powers ranging from -12 to +4. Therefore, they’re designed to fit a large range of contact lens wearers. Also, Waldo Contacts have built-in UV protection (70% UVA and 95% UVB) and a light blue visibility tint for handling purposes.
On their website, Waldo advertises a 10-day free trial (i.e. 10 pairs of contacts delivered in 2-3 days at the cost of $2.95 for shipping). Of course, this is after the company verifies the prescription with your eye doctor (of which never occurred during my trial request).
Also, as noted in the name, these contacts are designed for daily wear and should be thrown away at the end of the day. Therefore, Waldo Contacts are NOT approved to be slept in!
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Does Waldo Contacts have a lens for astigmatism or presbyopia?
No, not at this time. However, that doesn’t mean Waldo won’t launch a toric or multifocal lens for in the near future! Stay tuned.
Are Waldo Contacts right for you?
- Inexpensive (for a daily contact lens).
- Delivered to your door through an adjustable subscription service.
- Not the premium contact lens it’s advertised to be.
- Not available in a toric or multifocal lens option yet.
- Questionable company ethics and concern for consumer eye health (see more below).
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How much do Waldo Contacts cost?
Like Hubble Contacts, the team at Waldo Contacts really prides themselves on their cost to the consumer. With this in mind, their tiered pricing plans are as follows:
- 1 month supply – $19.50 per box (free shipping)
- 3 month supply – $18.00 per box (free shipping)
- 6 month supply – $17.00 per box (free shipping)
When compared to older contacts, designed with similar (outdated) lens technology, Waldo Contacts are around the same price (and, in some cases, even more expensive).
My personal experience
Honestly, I first ran across Waldo Contacts on Facebook and Instagram. Similar to Hubble Contacts, I noticed how clean, user-friendly, and well designed their website was. After entering in my prescription, I was prompted to select my subscription plan and input my doctor’s information.
As a practicing optometrist, I typed in my provider information and was asked to input my credit card information before ordering. Of course, I was also informed that my prescription would first be verified by my eye doctor.
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Doctor verification request
As soon as I made the order, I informed my office staff to let me know when they received a verification request from Waldo to verify my prescription. To my surprise, a few days went by and we never received a verification request. A week or so later, still nothing. This is despite the fact that I was promised at checkout my prescription would be verified. Without being verified, my free trial of Waldo Contacts still arrived in the mail. As expected, the packaging was fun and aesthetically pleasing.
In the video above, I mention how uncomfortable Waldo Contacts are. However, before writing this review, I decided to give the lens another chance. Overall, the lens was easy to handle and had good initial comfort. However, that comfort didn’t last long. I was able to wear the lens from 7 am to 3 pm before dryness and irritation really set in. As a result, I took them out and never looked back.
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Canceling my Waldo subscription
Upon logging into my Waldo account, I discovered I could only cancel my subscription by calling them at 888-297-1269. This could only be done from 3 am to 5 pm EST Monday through Friday and 8 am to 4 pm EST on Saturdays (as they’re closed on Sundays and major federal holidays).
Like other online subscriptions, you can also modify the frequency of your contact lens delivery using your online Waldo account. I’m sure their customers appreciate this service as not everyone wears their daily lenses every day.
Two things that concern me about Waldo
Like Hubble, Waldo took an old lens material and is branding it as a cool, new product. Yet, when you research what they’re actually selling, there is nothing quality (or innovative) about it. If the company really cared about your eyes, why didn’t they take the time to develop a product that aligns with today’s technology? In fact, this lens doesn’t come anywhere close to the technology used in contact lenses being released today!
Also, my prescription was never verified (yet I still was mailed Waldo Contacts). This is also why I don’t know any eye doctors that fit this lens. From an eye health and safety perspective, the gross negligence that occurred here can be devastating!
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In the end, I totally understand why a subscription-based contact lens service would be attractive to people. However, two things are missing with Waldo Contacts. One, in the vast majority of cases, Waldo Contacts aren’t being fit and evaluated by an eye care professional. And two, if a company is going to spend millions of dollars marketing a product, why not develop a contact lens that aligns with today’s technology and standards?
Truth be told, I’m all for innovative disruption when it comes to improving products and services. In fact, I’m a Harry’s subscriber and ordered my last mattress through Leesa. The reality is, you often get what you pay for! Unfortunately, Waldo Contacts are not the value they’re cracked up to be. If you’re looking at evaluating your contact lens options, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment with a local eye doctor. They’ll take into account your visual demands and fit you with a contact lens that supports you and your lifestyle!
What do you think of Waldo Contacts? Leave your review in the comments below!
Waldo Contacts details
|Year of US market release||2018|
|Base curve (i.e. curvature of the contact lens)||8.5|
|Diameter (i.e. width of the contact lens)||14.2|
|Powers||-0.50D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
-6.00D to -12.00D (in 0.50D steps)
+0.50D to +4.00 (in 0.25D steps)
|Handling tint||Light blue|
|Dk (i.e. oxygen permeability)||25|
|Wear type||Daily wear|
|Replacement schedule||Daily (i.e. throw away at the end of the day)|
|Trials||10 pairs when you first subscribe online|
|Available for purchase||30 packs|
|Approved to be slept in?||No|
|Inside out markings?||No|
|UV protection?||Yes (70% UVA and 95% UVB)|
Waldo Contacts Review
Health & Safety
Waldo is a subscription contact lens service supported by a sleek marketing campaign. With lens technology inferior to today’s lenses, I recommend you consider alternative options before subscribing to this daily contact lens.