Your life with contact lenses

Life with contact lenses

Contact lenses give you the freedom to live your life the way you want. This section offers advice and tips on how to incorporate lenses into all the different aspects of your life.

Whether you like to take part in sports or are partial to gentle exercise, unlike glasses, contact lenses won’t get in the way of your active lifestyle. When it comes to sport, there’s no competition!

Contact lenses are also great for travelling. This section will tell you everything you need to know for a smooth journey with contact lenses.

We’ll give you advice on how to help tackle tired, dry eyes when you are wearing lenses in front of the computer.

Plus give you great hair and make-up tips for getting the best out of your beauty regime.

Whatever your lifestyle, you can find the answers to your questions about life with contact lenses here.

Sport: Go for it with contact lenses!

Whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or just go running occasionally, contact lenses give you the freedom to focus on your sport.

Contact lenses help you to keep your eye on the ball and plan your next move. Your vision is sharper and your depth perception will be better especially in lower light conditions.

What’s your sport?

Running and gym

Whether you like to run, jog or work out at the gym, think how much easier it will be if your glasses aren’t slipping down your nose or bouncing up and down to the rhythm of your feet.

When you’re no longer weighed down by glasses contact lenses can help you go the extra mile.

Football and rugby

For the rough and tumble of football and rugby, contact lenses are a no-brainer. They help you to retain focus on the ball. Plus your glasses wouldn’t last five seconds in a scrum!

Cycling and mountain biking

If you cycle to work or jump on your mountain bike at weekends, you’ll love the liberating feeling of contact lenses. They can’t get splashed or dirty, and they don’t mist or stream up in the rain. Plus, they won’t come between you and your helmet.

Tennis, squash and badminton

Think how much more confident you can be on the court if you swap your glasses for contact lenses. You can really go for each shot, free from the worry of knocking off your glasses. Plus contact lenses give you a more complete, all-round view without frames restricting your field of vision.

Adrenaline sports

Would you enjoy rock climbing wearing glasses or would you worry they’d fall off? And what about canoeing or horse riding, where you need both hands? It’s no time to be fiddling with your glasses if you’re galloping across the countryside or are halfway up a cliff face.

Stunt sports

Stunt sports require intense concentration and physical agility. They sometimes involve jumps and 360-degree twists, and you won’t want your glasses adding to the risk.

Snow sports

You may only go skiing or snowboarding once a year, but contact lenses can make a huge difference to the quality of your time on the slopes.

You can wear any style of non-prescription goggles or wraparound shades, and you don’t have to worry about your glasses falling off.

You can also help protect your eyes from ultra violet rays, reflecting off the snow or from the sky, with ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses.*


If you take part in any outside activity, it is as important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, as it is to shield your skin. The intense ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can damage sensitive cells in your eyes. This can eventually affect your vision. Ask your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about ACUVUE® UV blocking contact lenses.

Swimming and water sports

If you like to swim or take part in water sports, seek advice from your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about activities involving contact with water. Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of eye infection. If your lenses unexpectedly come into contact with water, discard them and replace them with a fresh pair.

ACUVUE® Brand Contact lenses provide sharp and stable vision without glasses getting in the way. So you can be hands free to enjoy any sport or high-adrenaline adventure that takes your fancy.

Top tips for travelling with contact lenses

Contact lenses are great for travelling. These travel tips will ensure your journey goes as smoothly as possible.

Packing for your trip

  • Wear ACUVUE® daily disposable contact lenses such as 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® or 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® when you travel, so you don’t have to carry around solutions and lens cases.
  • If you wear reusable contact lenses, it’s a good idea to bring an extra pair or two in case you lose or damage your current pair.

    Or you could consider asking your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about trying daily disposable lenses for your holiday, so you don’t have to carry bulky lens solutions.
  • Rather than packing a full size bottle of contact lens solution, opt for a travel size.

    You are allowed to take small amounts (usually up to 100 ml) of eye drops and other liquids on to a plane in a transparent plastic bag. Volumes greater than that may only be permitted in your checked baggage.

    Always check with your airline before you fly.
  • Keep your lenses, contact lens case and travel-size solution in your hand luggage so they don’t get lost in transit.
  • The pressurised environment in aircraft cabins can cause some bottles and lens cases to leak. Put your contact lens case and solution in a zip-lock bag and you won’t find a puddle in the bottom of your luggage!

Travelling by air

The high-pressure and dry air of an aircraft cabin can dehydrate your eyes and skin. This can make your contact lenses less comfortable than usual. Here are some tips for a more comfortable journey:

  • ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses have a high oxygen delivery and a high moisture content to keep your eyes comfortable, fresh and moist in this challenging environment.
  • Carry a bottle of rewetting drops to relieve dry eyes and a small tube of moisturiser for your skin.
  • Drink lots of water to keep as hydrated as possible.
  • Bring your glasses and contact lens case with you in case you want to take off your contact lenses.
  • Remove your contact lenses if you want to sleep.

    Before touching your eyes or lenses, remember to wash your hands with soap. Then thoroughly rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Consider applying a fresh pair of lenses when you reach your destination for maximum comfort.
  • For a real treat, take out your contact lenses and pamper yourself during the flight with a moisturising eye mask, so you can land with super fresh, sparkling eyes!

If you are travelling to a sunny spot, be sure to read all about how to help protect your eyes from the sun.

Computer screens, contact lenses and your eyes

Most of us spend a fair few hours staring at a computer screen every day. We all know this can play havoc with our eyes. Choosing the right contact lenses will help keep your eyes feeling comfortable when you are using the computer.

Why computer screens are hard on your eyes

Computer screens can affect your eyes in a number of ways, including:

  • Reduced blink rate¹
  • Dry, irritated and red eyes
  • Eye strain and tired eyes
  • Blurred and variable vision

Contact lenses and computer screens

We blink about once every five seconds, which is 11,000 times a day! However, when we’re looking at a computer screen we blink less frequently or not as fully. In fact, studies show that when looking at a computer screen, we blink five times less than we should to keep our eyes moist and healthy.

Blinking is your body’s natural way of replenishing the tear film that keeps your eyes clean and moist. Blinking spreads the tears across your eyes, maintaining moisture and keeping foreign bodies from entering and irritating them.

If you wear contact lenses, you may notice the effects a computer screen has on your eyes even more. These tips will help to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable in front of the computer:

Reduce the glare

Avoid facing a window and ensure the room is well lit. The difference in brightness between your screen and the area behind it can cause eye stress and discomfort.

Adjust your seat

You should be looking just over the top of the monitor in your straight-ahead gaze.

Blink frequently

Making a conscious effort to blink often and fully will help to keep your contact lenses moist.

Take a break

Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes. Focus your eyes at least six metres from your terminal. Keep your eyes moving while looking at objects at various distances.

Drink lots of water!

Drink lots of water to keep as hydrated as possible.

Make-up tips and hair care for contact lens wearers

Try these hair care and make-up tips for getting the best out of your beauty routine when wearing contact lenses.

Applying your make-up

  • Put on your contact lenses before you apply your make-up to avoid getting any make-up residue on your lenses. Don’t forget to wash and dry your hands first!
  • Apply eyeliner above your lashes instead of along your inner eyelid or lash line.
  • When you put on mascara, don't start at the base of your lashes. Start at the midpoint and extend to the tips.
  • Don't put on your lenses or wear make-up near your eyes if your eyes are swollen, red or irritated. Call your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist for advice.

Removing your make-up

  • Take your contact lenses off before you remove your eye make-up.
  • Remove your make-up at the end of each day with a hypoallergenic, oil-free make-up remover.

Choosing the right make-up

  • Look for products that are hypoallergenic.
  • Choose oil-free and fragrance-free eye make-up, which is less likely to irritate your eyes.
  • Opt for a water-based foundation, because cream-based foundations can leave a film on your lenses.
  • Use water-resistant or long wear mascara and eyeliner to prevent flaking and smudging.
  • Don't use mascara with lash-building fibres because it can damage your lenses.
  • Favour pressed powder over loose powder and don’t apply it to the area around your eyes.
  • Keep your eyes closed when you apply powder to avoid it getting on your lenses.
  • Use quality make-up brushes. They are less likely to shed bristles, which can get into your eyes.
  • Don't wear false eyelashes. The lash glue can irritate your eyes.
  • Avoid sharing make-up. Eye infections can be easily passed between people.
  • Keep your make-up containers tightly closed to preserve freshness.
  • Replace your make-up regularly to keep it fresh and hygienic.

Tips for hair care

  • Take out your contact lenses while you colour or perm your hair, because the fixing chemicals can irritate your eyes.
  • Ideally, use hairspray before putting in your contact lenses.
  • Hairspray and lenses don’t get on well. If you are already wearing your contact lenses when you spray your hair, close your eyes and keep them closed for a few seconds afterwards.
  • Make a conscious effort to blink frequently when you blow- dry your hair, to keep your eyes and lenses moist.

Following these tips will help ensure that wearing contact lenses won’t get in the way of your beauty routine.

With contact lenses, you can show off your natural beauty and your eye make-up, without glasses getting in the way!

Life with contact lenses

Contact lenses give you the freedom to live your life the way you want. This section offers advice and tips on how to incorporate lenses into all the different aspects of your life.

Whether you like to take part in sports or are partial to gentle exercise, unlike glasses, contact lenses won’t get in the way of your active lifestyle. When it comes to sport, there’s no competition!

Contact lenses are also great for travelling. This section will tell you everything you need to know for a smooth journey with contact lenses.

We’ll give you advice on how to help tackle tired, dry eyes when you are wearing lenses in front of the computer.

Plus give you great hair and make-up tips for getting the best out of your beauty regime.

Whatever your lifestyle, you can find the answers to your questions about life with contact lenses here.

Sport: Go for it with contact lenses!

Whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or just go running occasionally, contact lenses give you the freedom to focus on your sport.

Contact lenses help you to keep your eye on the ball and plan your next move. Your vision is sharper and your depth perception will be better especially in lower light conditions.

What’s your sport?

Running and gym

Whether you like to run, jog or work out at the gym, think how much easier it will be if your glasses aren’t slipping down your nose or bouncing up and down to the rhythm of your feet.

When you’re no longer weighed down by glasses contact lenses can help you go the extra mile.

Football and rugby

For the rough and tumble of football and rugby, contact lenses are a no-brainer. They help you to retain focus on the ball. Plus your glasses wouldn’t last five seconds in a scrum!

Cycling and mountain biking

If you cycle to work or jump on your mountain bike at weekends, you’ll love the liberating feeling of contact lenses. They can’t get splashed or dirty, and they don’t mist or stream up in the rain. Plus, they won’t come between you and your helmet.

Tennis, squash and badminton

Think how much more confident you can be on the court if you swap your glasses for contact lenses. You can really go for each shot, free from the worry of knocking off your glasses. Plus contact lenses give you a more complete, all-round view without frames restricting your field of vision.

Adrenaline sports

Would you enjoy rock climbing wearing glasses or would you worry they’d fall off? And what about canoeing or horse riding, where you need both hands? It’s no time to be fiddling with your glasses if you’re galloping across the countryside or are halfway up a cliff face.

Stunt sports

Stunt sports require intense concentration and physical agility. They sometimes involve jumps and 360-degree twists, and you won’t want your glasses adding to the risk.

Snow sports

You may only go skiing or snowboarding once a year, but contact lenses can make a huge difference to the quality of your time on the slopes.

You can wear any style of non-prescription goggles or wraparound shades, and you don’t have to worry about your glasses falling off.

You can also help protect your eyes from ultra violet rays, reflecting off the snow or from the sky, with ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses.*


If you take part in any outside activity, it is as important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, as it is to shield your skin. The intense ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can damage sensitive cells in your eyes. This can eventually affect your vision. Ask your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about ACUVUE® UV blocking contact lenses.

Swimming and water sports

If you like to swim or take part in water sports, seek advice from your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about activities involving contact with water. Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of eye infection. If your lenses unexpectedly come into contact with water, discard them and replace them with a fresh pair.

ACUVUE® Brand Contact lenses provide sharp and stable vision without glasses getting in the way. So you can be hands free to enjoy any sport or high-adrenaline adventure that takes your fancy.

Top tips for travelling with contact lenses

Contact lenses are great for travelling. These travel tips will ensure your journey goes as smoothly as possible.

Packing for your trip

  • Wear ACUVUE® daily disposable contact lenses such as 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® or 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® when you travel, so you don’t have to carry around solutions and lens cases.
  • If you wear reusable contact lenses, it’s a good idea to bring an extra pair or two in case you lose or damage your current pair.

    Or you could consider asking your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about trying daily disposable lenses for your holiday, so you don’t have to carry bulky lens solutions.
  • Rather than packing a full size bottle of contact lens solution, opt for a travel size.

    You are allowed to take small amounts (usually up to 100 ml) of eye drops and other liquids on to a plane in a transparent plastic bag. Volumes greater than that may only be permitted in your checked baggage.

    Always check with your airline before you fly.
  • Keep your lenses, contact lens case and travel-size solution in your hand luggage so they don’t get lost in transit.
  • The pressurised environment in aircraft cabins can cause some bottles and lens cases to leak. Put your contact lens case and solution in a zip-lock bag and you won’t find a puddle in the bottom of your luggage!

Travelling by air

The high-pressure and dry air of an aircraft cabin can dehydrate your eyes and skin. This can make your contact lenses less comfortable than usual. Here are some tips for a more comfortable journey:

  • ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses have a high oxygen delivery and a high moisture content to keep your eyes comfortable, fresh and moist in this challenging environment.
  • Carry a bottle of rewetting drops to relieve dry eyes and a small tube of moisturiser for your skin.
  • Drink lots of water to keep as hydrated as possible.
  • Bring your glasses and contact lens case with you in case you want to take off your contact lenses.
  • Remove your contact lenses if you want to sleep.

    Before touching your eyes or lenses, remember to wash your hands with soap. Then thoroughly rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Consider applying a fresh pair of lenses when you reach your destination for maximum comfort.
  • For a real treat, take out your contact lenses and pamper yourself during the flight with a moisturising eye mask, so you can land with super fresh, sparkling eyes!

If you are travelling to a sunny spot, be sure to read all about how to help protect your eyes from the sun.

Computer screens, contact lenses and your eyes

Most of us spend a fair few hours staring at a computer screen every day. We all know this can play havoc with our eyes. Choosing the right contact lenses will help keep your eyes feeling comfortable when you are using the computer.

Why computer screens are hard on your eyes

Computer screens can affect your eyes in a number of ways, including:

  • Reduced blink rate¹
  • Dry, irritated and red eyes
  • Eye strain and tired eyes
  • Blurred and variable vision

Contact lenses and computer screens

We blink about once every five seconds, which is 11,000 times a day! However, when we’re looking at a computer screen we blink less frequently or not as fully. In fact, studies show that when looking at a computer screen, we blink five times less than we should to keep our eyes moist and healthy.

Blinking is your body’s natural way of replenishing the tear film that keeps your eyes clean and moist. Blinking spreads the tears across your eyes, maintaining moisture and keeping foreign bodies from entering and irritating them.

If you wear contact lenses, you may notice the effects a computer screen has on your eyes even more. These tips will help to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable in front of the computer:

Reduce the glare

Avoid facing a window and ensure the room is well lit. The difference in brightness between your screen and the area behind it can cause eye stress and discomfort.

Adjust your seat

You should be looking just over the top of the monitor in your straight-ahead gaze.

Blink frequently

Making a conscious effort to blink often and fully will help to keep your contact lenses moist.

Take a break

Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes. Focus your eyes at least six metres from your terminal. Keep your eyes moving while looking at objects at various distances.

Drink lots of water!

Drink lots of water to keep as hydrated as possible.

Make-up tips and hair care for contact lens wearers

Try these hair care and make-up tips for getting the best out of your beauty routine when wearing contact lenses.

Applying your make-up

  • Put on your contact lenses before you apply your make-up to avoid getting any make-up residue on your lenses. Don’t forget to wash and dry your hands first!
  • Apply eyeliner above your lashes instead of along your inner eyelid or lash line.
  • When you put on mascara, don't start at the base of your lashes. Start at the midpoint and extend to the tips.
  • Don't put on your lenses or wear make-up near your eyes if your eyes are swollen, red or irritated. Call your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist for advice.

Removing your make-up

  • Take your contact lenses off before you remove your eye make-up.
  • Remove your make-up at the end of each day with a hypoallergenic, oil-free make-up remover.

Choosing the right make-up

  • Look for products that are hypoallergenic.
  • Choose oil-free and fragrance-free eye make-up, which is less likely to irritate your eyes.
  • Opt for a water-based foundation, because cream-based foundations can leave a film on your lenses.
  • Use water-resistant or long wear mascara and eyeliner to prevent flaking and smudging.
  • Don't use mascara with lash-building fibres because it can damage your lenses.
  • Favour pressed powder over loose powder and don’t apply it to the area around your eyes.
  • Keep your eyes closed when you apply powder to avoid it getting on your lenses.
  • Use quality make-up brushes. They are less likely to shed bristles, which can get into your eyes.
  • Don't wear false eyelashes. The lash glue can irritate your eyes.
  • Avoid sharing make-up. Eye infections can be easily passed between people.
  • Keep your make-up containers tightly closed to preserve freshness.
  • Replace your make-up regularly to keep it fresh and hygienic.

Tips for hair care

  • Take out your contact lenses while you colour or perm your hair, because the fixing chemicals can irritate your eyes.
  • Ideally, use hairspray before putting in your contact lenses.
  • Hairspray and lenses don’t get on well. If you are already wearing your contact lenses when you spray your hair, close your eyes and keep them closed for a few seconds afterwards.
  • Make a conscious effort to blink frequently when you blow- dry your hair, to keep your eyes and lenses moist.

Following these tips will help ensure that wearing contact lenses won’t get in the way of your beauty routine.

With contact lenses, you can show off your natural beauty and your eye make-up, without glasses getting in the way!