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Who We Are


Discount Contact Lenses is a full-service, direct delivery contact lens supply company. As one of the fastest growing optical suppliers in the world, we have combined the lowest prices available with dedicated, personalized customer service. Currently, we ship lenses to all 50 US states as well as Europe, South America and Asia.
  • All major brands and contact lenses at 50-70% below retail.
    All contact lenses dispensed by Discount Contact Lenses are the exact lenses prescribed by your doctor. They're delivered to you in safe, sealed containers direct from the manufacturer.
  • No membership fees.
    Our low prices are available to ALL customers.
  • 30-day money back guarantee.
    Items may be returned within 30 days of purchase provided they are unopened, undamaged and in original condition. Defective lenses can be exchanged for the same product if the manufacturer confirms the defect. For more details, please see our returns policy.


Peter Clarkson, MD, PhD - President & CEO

Dr. Clarkson founded Discount Contact Lenses in 1995 with a vision to provide a high-quality contact lens replacement service focusing on the then-emerging internet. Dr Clarkson has led Discount Contact Lenses through 12 straight years of profitable growth, allowing the company to develop from a small operation in the back of an optometric office to one of the largest contact lens retailers in the USA. Dr. Clarkson is also President of Eyestyles, a Columbus Ohio optical retailer which he founded.

Prior to founding Discount Contact Lenses Dr. Clarkson was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Ohio State University. From 1987 to 1993, he served as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Illinois Institute Of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, Illinois. From 1991 to 1993, he held the position of Associate Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at IIT. He is the author of several texts and numerous research papers on aspects of computer engineering. Dr. Clarkson graduated summa cum laude with a major in Mathematics and holds a PhD degree from the University of Southampton, England. He also holds the MD degree from the Ohio State University. Dr. Clarkson is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Philip Dietrich - Board Member & Chief Technology Officer

Phil currently oversees all aspects of Discount Contact Lenses's information technology and develops key applications that provide the foundation for the company's operations. Prior to joining Discount Contact Lenses, Phil was co-founder and president of I-Ohio Web Design (which was purchased by AC Lens in 2000). Mr. Dietrich was also co-founder and President of Phoenix Vision Eyewear which developed a "Virtual Mirror" retail kiosk technology and e-commerce website to sell sunglasses.

Phil Dietrich obtained a BA in Computational Math and Philosophy from Albion College where he graduated summa cum laude in 1997. He studied law at the University of Michigan Law School from 1997-1998 and was nominated for the University of Michigan Law Review.

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