Something doesn't add up with Specsavers contact lens solution deal
There are none so blind as those who will not see, or so the saying goes. Perhaps the good people at Specsavers believe that it is true of their short/long (delete as appropriate) sighted customers. Or maybe they just assume that they’re crap at maths.
Avid Bitterwallet reader Melissa got in touch with us, after she suspected something was amiss with the amount of their Easy Vision contact lens solution that she was using, realising that the advertised three months’ supply wasn’t lasting anywhere near that long.
Three months’ supply is three 250ml bottles, a total of 750ml. Melissa says that “it comes with a pot which both lenses go in. You have to put 15ml in (ie. to the line) to cover both the lenses. And you have to use the case they supply as it has a disc of catalyst metal in it that causes the peroxide in the solution to break down into saline over the course of six hours.”
She adds, "I kept buying what I thought was a three-month supply, and it slowly dawned on me that I was buying it far too often. So I measured it and found that I was right: I was actually buying a new pack every 50 days or so – nearly twice as often as I should have been.”
We’ve done some rudimentary maths and she’s right. If used every day, a 250ml bottle of solution (which Specsavers claim will last a month), will only keep your contact lenses clean and fresh for a mere 16.6 days. Last time we checked, there was at least 28 days in every month. So three months’ worth will only last for a little bit more than a month and a half. Unless you only fancy having your contact lenses in for half a month and stumbling about blindly for the rest of the time instead.
We’ll be dropping Specsavers a line and asking them for their thoughts on this one – but it looks like a clear case of pulling the wool over their customers’ eyes.