Want to learn more about contact lenses? Our detailed guide has everything you need to know, or you can book an appointment with our contact lens team to find out more

What are contact lenses and how do they work?

Contact lenses, as the name suggests, are small prescription lenses that are worn on the surface of the eyes. They float on a thin film of tears on the cornea (the transparent front portion of the eye). Contact lenses can correct refractive errors such as myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), astigmatism (when your cornea is curved irregularly), and presbyopia (an age-related reading issue). They do so essentially by functioning like glasses, i.e, by bending and focusing light onto the retina, the light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye where images are formed. You can think of them as tiny glass lenses applied directly to the surface of your eye.

What are the benefits of contact lenses, and are they suitable for me?

Here are some of the advantages of contact lenses:

  • They are worn directly on the eye and provide more ‘natural’ vision, without distortion
  • They bring the entire field of view into focus without frames blocking the peripheral vision (which is why many athletes wear them)
  • There are no reflections of the lens, in the way that occurs with eyeglasses.
  • There is no uncomfortable weight on your nose and ears
  • Contacts do not fog up with temperature changes or collect precipitation in rain and snow. You can wear whichever pair of fashionable sunglasses you fancy (there’s no need for prescription sunglasses)

Types of contact lenses

There are lots of different types of contact lenses, our opticians will help find the right ones for you.

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Our easycare package

Pay for your lenses by direct debit and you’ll get them delivered right to your door, as well as some fantastic easycare benefits.

Coloured contact lenses

Boost your eye’s natural colour or create a dramatic change with coloured contact lenses.

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Your contact lens store visit

Your contact lens appointment is a little different to a normal eye test, but it’s just as important.

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Recycling your contact lenses

Learn how to properly dispose of your contact lenses as well as the packaging and solutions that come with them

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Taking care of your lenses

Playing sport, applying make-up and even travelling can be made easier with the help of contact lenses.

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Contact lenses for astigmatism

Your contact lens appointment is a little different to a normal eye test, but it’s just as important.

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Contact lenses for dry eyes

Suffer from dry eyes but love wearing contact lenses? We’ve got you covered. Read our top tips on the right care advice.

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Contact lenses and eye health conditions

Eyes feel a bit odd? Find out more about contact lenses and eye health.