Contact Lens FAQs

Can I wear make-up if I wear contact lenses?

Yes, you can. Make sure that you put your contact lenses in before you put your make-up on and take them out before you remove it. Use non-greasy make-up and be very careful not to get any product on the contact lenses. If you are using any kind of moisturiser, keep it away from the lenses and shut your eyes when using any kind of spray.

Can I go swimming in my contact lenses?

Yes, but you must wear goggles to protect the lenses from water. Water shouldn’t come into contact with contact lenses as it can lead to serious eye infection.

Am I able to wear someone else’s contact lenses if I run out or to try them?

No. You should only wear contact lenses that you have been prescribed by your contact lens optician.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

No you must not sleep in your contact lenses unless they have been designed for you to do so. There are a few brands of contact lens that are suitable for this however most contact lenses must be removed before bed. Ask your optician if you are unsure.

Can a contact lens get lost or trapped in my eye?

Contact lenses cannot get lost or trapped behind your eye. Contact lenses can get folded over or moved, if this happens they should be removed as soon as possible. When inserting and removing contact lenses, get into a routine of doing the same eye first, this will mean that you never forget if you’ve inserted or removed a lens. If you have any worries or you feel like something might be stuck, get in touch with your contact lens optician.

Can I buy contact lenses online?

Lenses can be bought online if you have an up to date specification, however we consistently monitor our prices and you should find we are comparable to online prices. If you have not worn contact lenses before, you shouldn’t buy them online as they may not be suitable for you and could cause lasting damage to your vision. Be aware that there are a number of counterfeit contact lenses for sale online so make sure you buy from a reputable source.

How often do I need to have a contact lens check up?

Your contact lens specification is valid for 1 year from the date of your appointment. After 12 months you must have another appointment to revalidate your prescription and continue purchasing lenses. If you buy your contact lenses from us, we’ll let you know when this is due.

I’ve been told my prescription isn’t suitable for contact lenses, are there any other options?

Contact lens technology is constantly evolving. This means that prescriptions that may have been out of range before, might now be available or designs which are more suited to you in terms of comfort may have been produced. It is always worth asking about new developments even if you’ve been told you can’t have contact lenses before.

Are contact lenses suitable for children?

Absolutely. Even young children can get on well with contact lenses and it gives them freedom from their glasses. We can also supply myopia control contact lenses for children at risk from developing myopia.

I wear varifocals most the time, am I suitable for contact lenses?

In recent years there have been exciting developments in multifocal soft lenses making them more accessible for people who need both distance and reading glasses. Multifocal contact lenses may be an option worth exploring to give you occasional freedom from your glasses. They are great for sporting activities, social events, special occasions or just going out for the evening. Read more about multifocal contact lenses.


If you have any other questions about contact lenses, please contact us and we will be happy to help.