Changing or upgrading your contact lenses

Trying new contact lenses

Whether you're already wearing contact lenses on a regular basis and want to try out a new type, or you're about to wear contacts for the first time and are curious about the different options available, finding the perfect lenses for your eye shape and prescription can lead to healthier, more comfortable vision. Vision Direct stocks a very wide range of the world's best selling contact lenses, so it's easy to upgrade to a compatible lens with us or try out a different lens that's the same type as yours - of course, it's vital that you ask your optician's advice before considering a change in the lenses you wear. If you're looking for contact lenses that match a specific base curve e.g. base curve 8.6 or 8.4 use our table of contact lens specifications to find the right contact lenses for you.

Wearing the right contact lenses for you can:

  • Reduce headaches and fatigue caused by eye strain
  • Help you enjoy more comfortable vision
  • Help to keep your eyes moist and prevent the symptoms of dry eyes
  • Increase your ability to concentrate and focus for longer periods, if you were previously struggling with uncomfortable lenses
  • Improve the health, vitality and look of your eyes
  • Prevent eye infections and diseases

How do you know if you need to change contact lenses?

If you experience issues like dry, burning eyes or discomfort when wearing your lenses and are unable to wear them for more than a couple of hours at a time, or they become uncomfortable towards the end of the day, it could be you need to change the type of lens you're wearing. It is recommended that contact lens wearers take an eye test at least every two years to ensure any changes to vision are noted. A change to your prescription may mean you need to try new lenses. Make sure you give your optician a summary of your wearing habits to ensure they select the right lenses for you and your lifestyle. Also, be sure to let them know any issues you may have had in the past when wearing lenses.

We always recommend customers try different lenses to make sure they have found the perfect lens for their needs. If, like most of us, you sometimes have trouble remembering to remove your lenses, then extended wear lenses could be a great option for you. Extended wear lenses can make your contact lens routine a lot easier. Or if you want to try a new look, you can with our range popular coloured contact lenses. Visit your optician for a fitting, and transform your eye colour whether it's just for one night or for everyday wear.

Upgrades for popular contact lenses

Contact lens technology moves on and changes over time. New materials, such as silicone hydrogel, can dramatically improve the comfort of lenses and make them more breathable, so you may even be able to wear them for longer periods before taking them out. Silicone hydrogel can in some cases increase the breathability from traditional hydrogel lenses by a factor of 5 or 6. Our expert opticians have recommended the following upgrades for popular daily and monthly contact lenses.

  • 1-Day Acuvue

    The original daily lens from Acuvue, they've been surpassed by 1 Day Acuvue Moist, a daily lens designed to combat dry eyes. 1 Day Acuvue remains a fantastic lens and is particularly suitable for new users, with a 1-2-3 indicator showing if the lens is inside out.

    1-Day Acuvue

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  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist

    The successor to 1 Day Acuvue, if you currently wear 1 Day Acuvue, 1 Day Acuvue Moist is the obvious upgrade, as it shares many of the specifications as the previous lens, whilst improving on moisture retention and comfort.

    1-Day Acuvue Moist

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  • 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism

    1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism is a comfortable daily lens intended for wearers with astigmatism. If you previously wore 1 Day Acuvue Moist, but have developed astigmatism, this lens will give you the same levels of comfort, and correct your astigmatism.

    1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism
  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal

    1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal is a comfortable daily lens for presbyopia. Suited for the over 40s with declining near vision this lens offers perfect clarity and freedom.

    1-day Acuvue Moist Multifocals
  • 1 Day Acuvue TruEye

    The world's first silicone hydrogel lens, 1 Day Acuvue Trueye remains one of our most popular lenses, Why silicone hydrogel? Well, the nature of this material allows up to 5 times more oxygen to pass to the eyes.

    1 Day Acuvue TruEye
  • Acuvue 2

    Acuvue 2 are two weekly disposable lenses more affordable than Acuvue's monthly lenses. 2 Weekly lenses are seen as a compromise between daily and monthly wearing patterns.

    Acuvue 2

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  • Acuvue Advance

    Like Acuvue 2, these are 2 weekly lenses. The crucial difference is Acuvue Advance includes UV protection, so are a good choice if you are concerned about protecting your vision.

    Acuvue Advance

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  • Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism

    Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism are two weekly lens for astigmatism that ensures your eyes don't dry out. Correct spherical aberrations easily in the eye. With this comfortable lens you'll forget you're even wearing contact lenses.

    Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism

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  • Acuvue Oasys

    Our most popular 2 weekly lenses. Acuvue Oasys can also be worn continuously, including overnight, for up to 6 nights, so are a flexible option for those who change wearing habits regularly and value freedom.

    Acuvue Oasys
     
  • Acuvue Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe

    Using HydraLuxe technology this daily lens will stay moist and comfortable throughout the day. Acuvue Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe is ideal for those with dry eyes.

    Acuvue Oasys 1-DAY with HydraLuxe

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  • Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism

    Part of the two weekly Acuvue Oasys family this lens provides a comfortable solution to astigmatism. Paired with clear vision, Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism is an ideal choice for astigmatic contact lens wearers.

    Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism
     
  • Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia

    Another lens in the Oasys range, this lens is ideal for the over 40s experiencing a change to their near vision. Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia will provide comfortable and accurate vision at all distances.

    Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia
     
  • Air Optix Aqua Multifocal

    These multifocal lenses will suit over 40s with presbyopia who are prone to dry eyes. Air Optix Aqua Multifocal is also designed to provide moisture and comfort for anyone spending long hours using digital screens.

    Air Optix Aqua Multifocal

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  • Air Optix colors

    This monthly lens is available in 9 stunning and vibrant shades. Air Optix colors is available for prescription and cosmetic wear. Change your natural look with these lenses.

    Air Optix colors
     
  • Air Optix for Astigmatism

    Monthly lenses for astigmatism, Air Optix for Astigmatism can also be worn continuously for 6 nights and 7 days. With TriComfort Technology they allow 6 times the oxygen into the eye compared to hydrogel lenses.

    Air Optix for Astigmatism

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  • Air Optix Night & Day Aqua

    If you constantly forget to take your lenses out at night Air Optix Night & Day Aqua can be the ideal solution. Wear for 1 month without worrying about removal, they're comfortable too so you'll forget you're wearing lenses.

    Air Optix Night & Day
     
  • Air Optix plus HydraGlyde

    The protective SmartShield and HydraGlyde technology layers of Air Optix plus HydraGlyde guard the eyes against irritation and infection whilst locking in moisture for lasting comfort.

    Air Optix plus HydraGlyde

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  • Avaira

    Suitable for short and long-sighted lens wearers. Avaira are comfortable silicone hydrogel lenses so your eyes will get a greater flow of oxygen, keeping them healthy. Plus a UV blocker will further protect your eyes.

    Avaira

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  • Avaira Toric

    Avaira Toric is from the popular Avaira contact lens brand. This lens retains water, so eyes feel permanently moisturised. And with a built-in UV filter, your eyes are protected from the sun.

    Avaira Toric

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  • Avaira Vitality

    Made from silicone hydrogel material, these monthly lenses allow more available oxygen to the eye, improving comfort and health. Avaira Vitality will suit outdoorsy people with its effective UV blocker.

    Avaira Vitality

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  • Bausch & Lomb ULTRA for Presbyopia

    We're all spending more and more time using digital screens, whether at work or at play. Bausch & Lomb ULTRA for Presbyopia are monthly multifocal contact lenses that are perfect for reducing tiredness and glare from digital screens.

    Basuch & Lomb ULTRA for Presbyopia
  • Bausch and Lomb Ultra

    Bausch and Lomb Ultra lenses are ideal for wearers prone to dry eyes and anyone who uses digital screens for long hours. MoistureSeal technology helps the lens to maintain 95% of its original moisture for 16 hours.

    Bausch and Lomb Ultra

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  • Biofinity

    Biofinity monthly lenses are suitable for long-sighted and short-sighted prescriptions. Biofinity is the most popular monthly lenses in Europe. The soft lens material is very breathable, boosting comfort throughout the month.

    Biofinity

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  • Biofinity Multifocal

    Biofinity Multifocal monthly lenses are premium multifocal contact lenses. Combining Aquaform Comfort Science and Balance Progressive Technology the lenses mean that vision is stable and clear at all distances whilst the eyes remain moist no matter how busy you are.

    Biofinity Multifocal
  • Biofinity Toric

    Biofinity Toric are daily toric lenses that use an optimised aspheric design to make vision crystal clear at all distances. And because silicone hydrogel improves oxygen flow to the eyes your eyes will look whiter and healthier too.

    Biofinity Toric

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  • Biomedics 1 Day Extra

    These daily lenses have been designed with all-day comfort in mind. Users can wear Biomedics 1 Day Extra comfortably for up to 16 hours a day, ideal for those on-the-go for prolonged periods.

    Biomedics 1 Day Extra

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  • Biomedics 1 Day Extra Toric

    Biomedics 1 Day Extra Toric are daily lenses for anyone diagnosed with astigmatism. Daily lenses are suited to wearers who don't want to think too much about their lenses. This lens is comfortable and doesn't require a cleaning regime.

    Biomedics 1 Day Extra Toric
  • Biomedics 55 Evolution

    If you have spherical aberrations in your eye, these lenses will correct them, allowing your eyes to easily focus light to see more clearly. Try these monthly lenses today.

    Biomedics 55 Evolution

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  • Biomedics Toric

    Biomedics Toric's ultra slim edge and aberration neutralising system allows clear and accurate vision at all times. Plus the smooth lens surface repels dirt, further reducing discomfort during wear.

    Biomedics Toric

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  • Biotrue ONEday

    Biotrue ONEday are daily lens made from hypergel material mimics the cornea, because like the cornea the lens surface contains 78% water. This ensures a comfortable and irritation-free wear.

    Biotrue ONEday
  • Clariti

    Clariti are monthly contact lenses. These are third generation silicone hydrogel lenses, the latest silicone hydrogel lenses you can buy with a perfected, streamlined design.

    Clariti

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  • Clariti 1 Day

    Clariti 1 Day are another variant of the popular Clariti brand. Like Clariti monthly, these daily lenses are silicone hydrogel and provide all the same benefits with the addition of the added hygiene and simplicity of a daily lens.

    Clariti™ 1day

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  • Clariti 1 Day Multifocal

    Clariti 1 Day Multifocal are comfortable and convenient daily lenses. These advanced multifocal lenses correct close up, far away and in-between vision with smooth adjustments between ranges.

    Clariti 1 Day Multifocal

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  • Clariti 1 Day Toric

    Clariti 1 Day Toric are silicone hydrogel, daily disposable contact lenses for those with astigmatism. Silicone hydrogel is incredibly comfortable and allows more oxygen to reach your eye than traditional hydrogel, keeping eyes healthy and comfortable.

    Clariti 1 Day Toric
     
  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus

    Dailies AquaComfort Plus are daily lenses that provide comfort and moisture with the incredibly thin lens surface, triple-action moisturising agent and blink-activated moisture technology.

    Dailies AquaComfort Plus

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  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal

    Like Dailies AquaComfort Plus, these lenses provide lasting moisture and comfort. Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal are designed especially for wearers with presbyopia - over 40s with reduced near sight.

    Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal
  • Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric

    This is the toric variety of the popular Dailies AquaComfort Plus range. Try Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric if you find your current toric lenses are not sufficiently comfortable.

    Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric
  • Dailies Total 1

    Considered to be the gold standard of daily lenses, Dailies Total 1 are the first water gradient lenses, this unique lens was in development for 4 years. The water gradient brings a new level of comfort to daily contact lenses.

    Dailies Total 1
  • Dailies Total 1 Multifocal

    Dailies Total 1 Multifocal part of the Dailies Total 1 family are the first brand of lenses with water gradient lenses. This innovation means lenses stay moist and comfortable for longer than other lenses.

    Dailies Total 1 Multifocal

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  • everclear ADM

    Available exclusively on Vision Direct, these high-quality daily lenses are available at a fantastic price. Our customers rate everclear ADM as 5/5, so why not give them a go? You might be pleasantly surprised.

    everclear ADM

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  • everclear ELITE

    everclear ELITE are our premium daily lenses. The hydrophilic lenses retain water which can be ideal for those with dry eyes.

    everclear ADM

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  • everclear UV

    everclear UV monthly lenses will save you money and provide a great deal of comfort and clear vision. Plus, they feature a UV blocker to protect the eyes from ultraviolet light.

    everclear UV

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  • Extreme H20 59 Xtra

    Extreme H20 59 Xtra are designed especially for people with dry eyes, turn to these monthly lenses if you find your eyes get dry or irritated when wearing contact lenses.

    Extreme H20 59 Xtra

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  • Focus Dailies All Day Comfort

    Focus Dailies All Day Comfort is our second bestselling daily lens. Created with an ionic lens surface design, protein deposits are repelled from the lens, ensuring the eye remains irritation free throughout wear.

    Focus Dailies All Day Comfort
  • Focus Dailies Toric

    These daily toric lenses are suitable for astigmatic wearers with both short and long sightedness. Focus Dailies Toric is part of the popular Focus Dailies range of contact lenses.

    Focus Dailies Toric
  • Frequency 55 Aspheric

    Do you have a particularly strong prescription? If so, you may struggle to find appropriate lenses. That's where Frequency 55 Aspheric monthly lenses come in, these aspheric lenses are optimised to focus light, leading to accurate vision.

    Frequency 55 Aspheric

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  • Frequency Xcel Toric

    Wearers with astigmatism will be familiar with the scenario of a lens moving around the eye during wear. This is because eyes with astigmatism are shaped more like a rugby ball than a regular spherically shaped eye. Frequency Xcel Toric solves that inconvenient.

    Frequency Xcel Toric

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  • FreshLook Colorblends

    FreshLook Colorblends are our most popular coloured lens: choose these monthly contact lenses and you won't be disappointed. Pick from emerald green, violet and grey, to striking blues, hazel and soft grey and you'll be sure to surprise friends and family.

    FreshLook Colorblends
     
  • FreshLook Colors

    These coloured lenses are available in 6 different shades. Whether you want wear corrective lenses or you just fancy a new look and do not require vision correction, FreshLook Colors are suitable. For zero prescription lenses select 0.00 in the power field.

    FreshLook Colors
     
  • FreshLook One Day

    FreshLook One Day are opaque coloured monthly lenses, essentially this means your natural eye colour will not come through the lens, so however light or dark your eyes are you can choose your preferred shade for great results.

    FreshLook One Day
     
  • MyDay

    MyDay are daily lenses which allow more oxygen to the eye whilst retaining moisture. The material combines silicone and silicone hydrogel, so wearers get the benefits of both materials.

    MyDay

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  • Proclear

    A monthly lens, Proclear is a comfortable and durable lens. It should easily last for a month's daily wear. Retaining a lot more water than regular lenses, Proclear are comfortable for as long as you wear them.

    Proclear

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  • Proclear 1 Day

    Daily lenses which remain comfortable for up to 12 hours, with Proclear 1 Day there's no need to carry eye drops or rewetting solutions, your eyes will remain moist no matter how hard they're working.

    Proclear 1 Day

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  • Proclear 1 Day Multifocal

    Proclear 1 Day Multifocal is designed for anyone struggling with near vision. Perhaps you are struggling to read the newspaper? These lenses are suited to over 40s with the eye condition presbyopia.

    Proclear 1 Day Multifocal
  • Proclear Multifocal

    The multifocal lens in the Proclear family. Ideal for those with presbyopia - over 40s who are struggling with near sight - Proclear Multifocal are a much better solution than reading glasses as they provide more freedom, as there's no need to take glasses on and off.

    Proclear Multifocal

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  • Proclear Toric

    Wearers with astigmatism can expect the same levels of comfort with Proclear Toric as found with Proclear, their parent product.

    Proclear Toric

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  • PureVision

    PureVision are monthly lenses with low vision correction power, meant for new wearers or younger wearers who have only recently noticed a slight change to their vision.

    PureVision

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  • PureVision2

    Monthly silicone hydrogel lenses, PureVision2 let three times the oxygen into the eyes than regular hydrogel lenses. If you experience halos or glare, try these lenses as they are designed to reduce spherical aberrations.

    PureVision2

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  • PureVision Multifocal

    Move away from reading glasses. With PureVision Multifocal there's no need to shift your vision to see at varying distances, nor will you have to take your glasses on and off when shifting between near and far sight.

    PureVision Multifocal
  • PureVision Toric

    PureVision Toric are designed to fit on irregular shaped eye balls. Eyes with astigmatism, which toric lenses correct, are shaped like a rugby ball rather than a football. Try these comfortable lenses and see more clearly.

    PureVision Toric

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  • PureVision2 for Astigmatism

    These monthly lenses can be worn continuously for 29 nights with the say so of your optician. Use PureVision2 for Astigmatism to address common astigmatism symptoms, from poor focus and blurred vision to discomfort.

    PureVision2 for Astigmatism

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  • PureVision2 for Presbyopia

    If you're in your 40s and your near vision is not as good as it used to be you likely to have presbyopia. PureVision2 for Presbyopia corrects your short vision so you can experience a freedom that reading glasses can't offer.

    PureVision2 for Presbyopia
  • SofLens 38

    Recommended for those between 20 and 30, SofLens 38 will suit those at university and young professionals embarking on their careers. Created to combat eye dryness in this age group, the lenses attempt to solve this problem where other lenses have failed for young people.

    SofLens 38

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  • SofLens 59

    Named for their unusually high water content - 59%, SofLens 59, these monthly lenses are exceptionally comfortable and resist protein to prevent incremental discomfort when wearing lenses.

    SofLens 59

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  • SofLens Daily Disposable

    The aspheric design of SofLens Daily Disposable removes the frequency of lens blurring or distortion. These comfortable daily lenses will give you precise vision at an affordable price.

    Soflens Daily Disposable

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  • SofLens Daily Disposable for Astigmatism

    These toric lenses correct astigmatism. Designed to comfortably fit the eyes, SofLens Daily for Astigmatism provides comfort all day long.

    Soflens Daily for Astigmatism
  • SofLens Multifocal

    Take a break from your reading glasses. Whether you want to wear contacts daily or only for special occasions the choice is yours. SofLens Multifocal are ideal for over 40s with declining close vision.

    SofLens Multifocal
     
  • SofLens Toric

    These toric monthly lenses can be worn for up to 30 consecutive days. Constructed using Aphafilcon A, SofLens Toric retain moisture and fit neatly on the eye for a reliable, comfortable experience.

    SofLens Toric

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