Guide to contact lenses

In a nutshell, contact lenses make everything easier - from cooking and crafting to hiking and biking. You can forget annoying fog, get rid of the glare and cut out the clunkiness with this corrective eyewear, fitting perfectly on each peeper, constantly ensuring flawless vision. And, as high levels of comfort and safety are given, crystal-clear focus is a guarantee and complete freedom of movement is a promise, switching over to contact lenses is a no-brainer! But when it comes to choosing a type or brand - where do you even begin? It can be super-overwhelming we know, which is why we've put together this simplified guide, as a starting point.

Firstly, you can trust that by shopping with us, you'll have the cream of the crop at your fingertips - we only stock the best contact lenses from leading manufacturers. Plus, you can change to a more compatible lens, try out a new lens, or simply pick your first pack with no hassle at all. Of course, it's vital that you have an eye test and ask your optician's advice before you decide to dabble, and our customer service team of optical experts are always here to help.

Contact lens types

One of our in-house and experienced opticians, Benjamin, explains the top contact lens types and highlights popular products that he recommends below.

Daily contact lenses

  • 1-Day Acuvue Moist

    If you're after a cost-effective and low maintenance lens life, with zero eye care routine, and an ultra-comfy and hygienic wear, dailies are the perfect match for you. As you pop in a fresh, new pair whenever you want, there's no time for a build-up of nasty deposits either - hooray!

    Our customers all over the world love 1 Day Acuvue Moist for their long-lasting comfort and breathable design.

  • everclear ADM

    Our optician recommends: everclear ADM

    Exclusive to Vision Direct, everclear ADM lenses are a fantastically affordable and comfortable option. Designed from moisturising hydrogel and with a high water content, these daily disposable lenses will keep your eyes feeling fresh and hydrated from breakfast to bedtime. Perfect for new and more seasoned wearers, these lenses also have an in-built UV filter, protecting your eyes from harmful sun rays.

Two-weekly contact lenses

  • Acuvue Oasys

    Looking for a longer-wearing pattern, but not ready to commit to a full month? Then roll on two-weeklies - the happy medium of the contact lens world! Designed to last for up to 14 days, these great value lenses are the full package (think high levels of hygiene and around-the-clock comfort) - just master the cleaning and storing, and you're all good to go.

    Say goodbye to dry eyes with Acuvue Oasys, featuring advanced technology to retain moisture across the surface of each lens.

Monthly contact lenses

  • Biofinity

    As their name suggests, monthly contact lenses can be worn for a whole month, so they're a favourite among regular wearers. A mega-affordable and sustainable approach to correcting your vision, this type of lens can be worn for a whopping 30 days, provided you follow your eye care routine to the letter.

    You can't beat Biofinity, with their aspheric front surface for a sharper focus and high oxygen permeability.

Extended wear contact lenses

  • Acuvue Oasys

    Want to wake up with clear vision instead of looking for your glasses in the morning? Continuous wear lenses can help you do just that.. Usually, in the form of monthlies or two-weeklies, these incredibly breathable and hydrating lenses don't need to be taken out, and yes, you can sleep in them - but make sure you follow optician advice.

    Again, Acuvue Oasys are a customer-favourite, designed to keep your eyes feeling and looking healthy day after day.

Toric lenses for astigmatism

  • 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism

    Astigmatic wearers can swap headaches and blurred vision for seamless and strain-free sight, with refractive-error-correcting toric contact lenses. Each lens, created from top-notch technology to snuggly fit the shape of your eye, also offers continuous comfort from breakfast to bedtime - dreamy, right?

    1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism are simply top-notch when it comes to locking in moisture, high levels of comfort, and sun protection.

Multifocal contact lenses

  • 1-day Acuvue Moist Multifocals

    Don't let the effects of presbyopia hold you back, or ever have to rely on your glasses again! Multifocals, made up of multiple prescriptions built into a single lens, will help you to focus on objects regardless of the distance, putting a stop to the squint.

    Designed to sit snuggly, 1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal provide stable vision and complete hydration to boot!

Trying new contact lenses

Whether you're a regular wearer, in search of a new type, or a total newbie, wanting to see what's available, finding the perfect contact lenses for your eye shape and prescription can lead to healthier, more comfortable vision. Although many lenses are in fact, quite similar, there are several alternatives that could be better suited to you.

Dry eyes are the most common culprit for people wanting to try out another brand or wearing pattern. And, as sticking with uncomfortable lenses can cause headaches, eye strain, and difficulty focusing, it's super-important to switch if something doesn't feel right.

These symptoms might also mean that your lenses aren't the correct size for your eyes, and not providing a snug fit. To avoid this, make sure that your lenses match the base curve and diameter measurements given to you on your prescription from the last 2 years.