Contact lens questions answered

The answers to your contact lens FAQs

Why do I need a prescription for contact lenses?

Your contact lens prescription is specifically tailored to your eye shape and vision needs. Eyes vary in size and shape. Only an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can properly measure your need for vision correction as well as determine which size and type of contact lens is the right fit for you.

Changes to your vision and eye health can occur over time. These changes can be detected with specialised equipment and procedures.

Is my contact lens prescription different to the prescription for my glasses?

Yes. A prescription for contact lenses requires different information than a glasses prescription. A contact lens prescription will include the base curve, which is used to match the curvature of the lens to your eye. It will also include the diameter, which is used to fit the width of the lens to your eye.

How do I get a contact lens prescription?

Start by scheduling a contact lens appointment with an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist. Your first contact lens fitting will take a little longer than a regular eye exam. You can find an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist near you that carries ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses here.

Can I continue to use my glasses if I start wearing lenses?

Yes! You can alternate between your contact lenses and glasses to suit your activities, needs and preferences. The choice is yours.

I don’t need glasses all the time. Why should I wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to putting on and taking off your glasses all day. And, unlike glasses, your lenses won’t smudge, steam up, fall off or break, and you won't lose any peripheral (side) vision.

What’s the difference between daily disposable and reusable contact lenses?

The main difference is how long you should wear the lenses before you need to replace them.

Daily disposable contact lenses are used for one day and then thrown away. They also don't involve the use of contact lens solutions.

Reusable lenses can be worn every day for two weeks or up to a month. They require cleaning and disinfecting every day.

Are some contact lenses more comfortable than others?

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are extremely thin, flexible and made from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them and reach the eye surface.

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses use revolutionary patented wetting technologies such as HYDRACLEAR®, HYDRACLEAR®1 and LACREON®. These technologies provide a smooth, silky feel that will help to keep your eyes moist so you can enjoy maximum comfort all day long.

I have astigmatism. Can I wear contact lenses?

Yes. ACUVUE® offers contact lenses that are specifically designed for people with astigmatism. You can wear daily disposable 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM or reusable ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses. Your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can help you decide which of these products is the best one for you.

What's the difference between toric and astigmatism contact lenses?

They're the same thing. Toric is the name for the kind of contact lens needed for astigmatism. A toric lens has a different focusing power horizontally than it does vertically, enabling it to correct astigmatism.

ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM and 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM feature our Accelerated Stabilisation Design lenses. This revolutionary design works to realign the lens naturally, with every blink, to help keep your lenses from rotating in the eye. Your vision can then stay crisp, clear and stable.

If I've had a form of laser vision correction, can I still wear contact lenses?

Possibly. Laser eye surgery is not always a permanent solution. You may still need additional vision correction if your eyesight deteriorates with age (presbyopia). Visit your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist to find out if contact lenses are an option for you.

How old do I have to be to start wearing contact lenses?

There's no minimum age. Many people start wearing lenses when they are in their early teens. However, some much younger children can be mature enough to wear and care for them. Successful lens wear depends more on responsibility and attitude than age.

Your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can help you decide if contact lenses are right for you and will help you choose the best ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses for your vision correction needs.

Can contact lenses get lost behind my eye?

No. It’s physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. There is a membrane covering your eye that connects to the inside of your eyelids, so the lens is unable to become lost.

Can contact lenses pop out of my eye?

This is very unlikely with soft contact lenses. When properly fitted, your contact lenses should stay in place all the time. Even on a rare occasion when a lens moves out of place, it usually stays on your eye until you can move it back.

Can contact lenses get stuck to my eye?

No, not when used according to instructions. ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses can be easily removed using the method your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist has recommended. All it takes is a little patience and practice. Find out how it’s done here.

Can contact lenses scratch my eye?

Your contact lenses will not scratch your eye because they are very soft. However, a damaged or nicked lens could irritate your eye.

Be careful not to scratch your eye with your fingernail when you are putting on or taking off your contact lenses. Also, if a small piece of grit or dust gets into your eye or under your lens, it can irritate or even scratch your eye.

If you experience any unusual eye discomfort or changes to your vision while wearing your contact lenses, remove them immediately and call your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist.

Are eye infections common for contact lens wearers?

Contact lens related health issues can occur, but serious problems are very rare. Infections are commonly related to poor cleaning routines. If you follow your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrists’ directions for proper wear and care, you are unlikely to get an eye infection.

See our easy, effective routine for cleaning and caring for your reusable contact lenses.

How do allergies affect contact lenses?

Airborne allergens including pollen, dust and pet dander, can irritate your eyes and can make contact lens wear uncomfortable. If you suffer from discomfort or itching associated with allergies, try using ACUVUE® daily disposable contact lenses so you have a fresh pair of lenses every day.

What is hydrogel?

Hydrogel is the soft, water-loving material used to make contact lenses.

What is silicone hydrogel?

Silicone hydrogel is another form of hydrogel (soft, water-loving material) that lets more oxygen through to the surface of the eye.

What is a base curve?

The base curve is the back curvature of a contact lens. It’s used to match the curvature of the lens to your eye to provide the most comfortable fit for you.

What is diameter?

Diameter is the distance across the surface of your lens, from edge to edge. Your eye care practitioner will determine the correct diameter for you at your contact lens fitting.

Can I wear contact lenses when I do sport or other activities?

Contact lenses are great for sport and an active lifestyle. They give you clear vision without the bother of your glasses fogging up, falling off or breaking. And unlike glasses, you can wear them with ski-goggles or sunglasses.

Contact lenses also give you great peripheral vision. They don’t get in the way of you seeing what’s going on around you when you take part in activities and sport.

Can I swim or shower while wearing my ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses?

Seek advice from your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about contact lenses and activities involving water including showering, using a hot tub, swimming or other water sports. Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of eye infection that could lead to vision loss. If your lenses unexpectedly come into contact with water, discard them and replace them with a new pair.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

You can use ACUVUE® OASYS® lenses for six nights and seven days consecutively.

However, sleeping in contact lenses is a known risk factor for serious eye infections. Always discuss whether you should sleep wearing your lenses with your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist. Only he or she can determine if sleeping in your contact lenses is right for you.

What can I do if my contact lenses are uncomfortable?

You might have a small particle of dust or lint on the lens that is irritating your eye. With clean, dry hands, carefully slide the lens off of the centre of your open eye and gently move the lens back to the centre while using finger pressure on your upper and lower eyelid, then blink 2 or 3 times.

If the discomfort persists, stop wearing your contact lenses and make an appointment to see your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist to find out why they are uncomfortable.

It feels like my ACUVUE® lens is ‘lost’ in my eye. What should I do?

Don’t worry – this is impossible! Wash and dry your hands and then try the following:

  • Roll your eye around until the lens works itself over to where you can see it.
  • Put some rewetting drops into your eye and look up, down and side to side, until you can see the lens.
  • Close your eyes and gently move your finger over your lid to reposition the lens.

Call your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist for advice if these methods do not work or you are still experiencing discomfort.

What can I do if my eyesight isn’t good, even with contact lenses?

There could be a number of reasons why your vision is still not good with contact lenses. Your prescription may have changed or you may be putting the lens for your right eye in your left eye or vice versa. Book an appointment so your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can help find the reason for you.

Can I use eye drops or artificial tears with my ACUVUE® lenses?

Yes, but you should use eye drops or artificial tears specifically recommended for use with soft hydrophilic (water-loving) contact lenses. Always check with your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist before changing your brand of eye drops, because even mixing approved solutions can occasionally cause problems.

Should I give my eyes a rest from contacts? Do they need time to 'breathe'?

Contact lenses such as 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® and ACUVUE® OASYS® are made with the latest silicone hydrogel materials. They provide much more oxygen to the eye than traditional soft lenses. And the more oxygen your eyes get, the healthier and whiter your eyes will be.

Are contact lenses difficult to care for?

No. Advances in technology have made contact lens care convenient and easy. Daily disposable lenses are replaced on a daily basis, so require no cleaning at all. Consider asking your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®, 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® and 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM. You can just wear them for the day and then throw them away.

Reusable lenses such as ACUVUE® OASYS® only need a few minutes of care when you take them off. It is simple and easy to clean and store your lenses with prescribed disinfecting contact lens solutions. Your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can give you advice about how to use and care for your contact lenses.

Also, see our easy, effective routine for cleaning your reusable contact lenses.

Can I still wear contact lenses if the expiry date on the package has past?

No. The expiration date represents the time period that we can ensure the lenses are sterile. Do not use your lenses beyond the expiration date.

I've forgotten to replace my reusable contact lenses on time. What should I do?

Wash and dry your hands with a lint free towel. Remove your lenses immediately and replace them with a fresh pair. Seek the advice of your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist if your eyes are uncomfortable or irritated.

Most people like to set up a wearing schedule to help them remember when to replace their lenses. Our free LENSPAL® app will service will remind you when to replace your lenses.

Why should I change my lenses on time? They still feel fine.

They may feel fine but changing your reusable contact lenses as directed by your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist is essential for keeping your eyes comfortable and helping to maintain healthy contact lens wear.

If you exceed the lenses' recommended wearing schedule, they can attract deposits from your eyes, hands and environment. This can lead to blurry vision and eye irritation, itching and redness.

My friend has never worn contacts and wants to try mine. Is this okay?

No. Never share your lenses with anyone. Your contact lenses are medical devices, prescribed by your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist to suit your individual vision needs and the unique shape of your eye.

Instead, advise your friend to ask his or her Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about ACUVUE® contact lenses. If they would like a Free Trial of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, they can print this voucher and take it with them. Professional fitting fees apply.

I left my ACUVUE® lenses in the car – and I think they may have got very hot. Is it safe to wear them?

Your ACUVUE® lenses are safe to use if they are still sealed in their original foil packet. We recommend you throw them away and use new ones if your lenses are out of their original foil package or in your lens case.

The answers to your eye health FAQs

What is short-sightedness (myopia)?

Short-sightedness (myopia) is when you have trouble seeing in the distance. Your vision is clear when you look at things up close, but further away objects become out of focus or fuzzy.¹ How short-sighted you are and how far away things start to get blurred is measured when you have an eye test. The test results will determine your prescription.

What is long-sightedness (hyperopia)?

Long-sightedness (hyperopia) is when you can see objects clearly at a distance, but find it hard to focus on something that is close to you. In more severe cases, it can be difficult to focus on objects at any distance.²

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that can affect people of any age. It is due to the eye not being completely round, often shaped more like a rugby ball. Your vision will be blurred at any distance if you have astigmatism. The degree of distortion will vary, depending on the level of astigmatism.³

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an age-related condition² that affects almost everyone. As you get older and into middle-age, you may find it harder to focus on nearby objects like book or magazine print, especially in low light. Without vision correction, presbyopia can lead to headaches and eye fatigue.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are when the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy. This can make your vision hazy and can increase glare. Cataracts usually develop with age but can also be caused by a genetic predisposition. They are the most common cause of blindness. However, cataracts can almost always be successfully treated with surgery.4

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, which causes gradual loss of sight that can lead to blindness. It is important to have regular eye tests, especially as you get older, because glaucoma can be difficult to detect. You may be more at risk if there is a family history of glaucoma.

Glaucoma can be easily treated with eye drops if it is detected in good time. In more severe cases, treatment can involve laser vision correction or surgery.5

What is macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that typically develops in people over 65. However, some people experience its onset in their 40s and 50s. It affects your central field of vision, making it distorted and blurry. AMD does not necessarily lead to total loss of sight, because quite often your peripheral (side) vision remains intact.6

The answers to your Acuvue Brand Contact Lenses FAQs

What is ASD?

Accelerated Stabilisation Design (ASD) is a technology that uses the power of your natural blink reflex to keep your contact lens in the correct position. ASD was specially developed for astigmatism and is used in all ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses for astigmatism, such as 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM and ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM.

What is HYDRACLEAR®?

HYDRACLEAR® is the brand name for our patented comfort technology used in our silicone hydrogel lenses including 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® and ACUVUE® OASYS®. This technology combines high oxygen transmissibility with a moisture rich material. This gives you a lens with a unique, silky soft feel that lasts all day.

What is LACREON®?

LACREON® is the brand name for our exclusive comfort technology found in all 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® brands. It binds a water-loving material to create a cushion of moisture around the lens.

Can I buy ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses on the ACUVUE® website?

No, we do not sell ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses on our website.

You must have a valid prescription to get contact lenses to ensure you have the right size, shape and vision correction for your eyes.

You can find an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist that fits ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses located near you here.

For a Free Trial of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, print this voucher and take it with you to your appointment.

What is the solution in which ACUVUE® lenses are packaged?

ACUVUE® lenses are packaged in a buffered, preservative-free, sterile solution. It is a saline solution that is similar to your natural tears.

The answers to your contact lens FAQs

Why do I need a prescription for contact lenses?

Your contact lens prescription is specifically tailored to your eye shape and vision needs. Eyes vary in size and shape. Only an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can properly measure your need for vision correction as well as determine which size and type of contact lens is the right fit for you.

Changes to your vision and eye health can occur over time. These changes can be detected with specialised equipment and procedures.

Is my contact lens prescription different to the prescription for my glasses?

Yes. A prescription for contact lenses requires different information than a glasses prescription. A contact lens prescription will include the base curve, which is used to match the curvature of the lens to your eye. It will also include the diameter, which is used to fit the width of the lens to your eye.

How do I get a contact lens prescription?

Start by scheduling a contact lens appointment with an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist. Your first contact lens fitting will take a little longer than a regular eye exam. You can find an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist near you that carries ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses here.

Can I continue to use my glasses if I start wearing lenses?

Yes! You can alternate between your contact lenses and glasses to suit your activities, needs and preferences. The choice is yours.

I don’t need glasses all the time. Why should I wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to putting on and taking off your glasses all day. And, unlike glasses, your lenses won’t smudge, steam up, fall off or break, and you won't lose any peripheral (side) vision.

What’s the difference between daily disposable and reusable contact lenses?

The main difference is how long you should wear the lenses before you need to replace them.

Daily disposable contact lenses are used for one day and then thrown away. They also don't involve the use of contact lens solutions.

Reusable lenses can be worn every day for two weeks or up to a month. They require cleaning and disinfecting every day.

Are some contact lenses more comfortable than others?

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are extremely thin, flexible and made from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them and reach the eye surface.

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses use revolutionary patented wetting technologies such as HYDRACLEAR®, HYDRACLEAR®1 and LACREON®. These technologies provide a smooth, silky feel that will help to keep your eyes moist so you can enjoy maximum comfort all day long.

I have astigmatism. Can I wear contact lenses?

Yes. ACUVUE® offers contact lenses that are specifically designed for people with astigmatism. You can wear daily disposable 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM or reusable ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses. Your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can help you decide which of these products is the best one for you.

What's the difference between toric and astigmatism contact lenses?

They're the same thing. Toric is the name for the kind of contact lens needed for astigmatism. A toric lens has a different focusing power horizontally than it does vertically, enabling it to correct astigmatism.

ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM and 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM feature our Accelerated Stabilisation Design lenses. This revolutionary design works to realign the lens naturally, with every blink, to help keep your lenses from rotating in the eye. Your vision can then stay crisp, clear and stable.

If I've had a form of laser vision correction, can I still wear contact lenses?

Possibly. Laser eye surgery is not always a permanent solution. You may still need additional vision correction if your eyesight deteriorates with age (presbyopia). Visit your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist to find out if contact lenses are an option for you.

How old do I have to be to start wearing contact lenses?

There's no minimum age. Many people start wearing lenses when they are in their early teens. However, some much younger children can be mature enough to wear and care for them. Successful lens wear depends more on responsibility and attitude than age.

Your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can help you decide if contact lenses are right for you and will help you choose the best ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses for your vision correction needs.

Can contact lenses get lost behind my eye?

No. It’s physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. There is a membrane covering your eye that connects to the inside of your eyelids, so the lens is unable to become lost.

Can contact lenses pop out of my eye?

This is very unlikely with soft contact lenses. When properly fitted, your contact lenses should stay in place all the time. Even on a rare occasion when a lens moves out of place, it usually stays on your eye until you can move it back.

Can contact lenses get stuck to my eye?

No, not when used according to instructions. ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses can be easily removed using the method your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist has recommended. All it takes is a little patience and practice. Find out how it’s done here.

Can contact lenses scratch my eye?

Your contact lenses will not scratch your eye because they are very soft. However, a damaged or nicked lens could irritate your eye.

Be careful not to scratch your eye with your fingernail when you are putting on or taking off your contact lenses. Also, if a small piece of grit or dust gets into your eye or under your lens, it can irritate or even scratch your eye.

If you experience any unusual eye discomfort or changes to your vision while wearing your contact lenses, remove them immediately and call your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist.

Are eye infections common for contact lens wearers?

Contact lens related health issues can occur, but serious problems are very rare. Infections are commonly related to poor cleaning routines. If you follow your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrists’ directions for proper wear and care, you are unlikely to get an eye infection.

See our easy, effective routine for cleaning and caring for your reusable contact lenses.

How do allergies affect contact lenses?

Airborne allergens including pollen, dust and pet dander, can irritate your eyes and can make contact lens wear uncomfortable. If you suffer from discomfort or itching associated with allergies, try using ACUVUE® daily disposable contact lenses so you have a fresh pair of lenses every day.

What is hydrogel?

Hydrogel is the soft, water-loving material used to make contact lenses.

What is silicone hydrogel?

Silicone hydrogel is another form of hydrogel (soft, water-loving material) that lets more oxygen through to the surface of the eye.

What is a base curve?

The base curve is the back curvature of a contact lens. It’s used to match the curvature of the lens to your eye to provide the most comfortable fit for you.

What is diameter?

Diameter is the distance across the surface of your lens, from edge to edge. Your eye care practitioner will determine the correct diameter for you at your contact lens fitting.

Can I wear contact lenses when I do sport or other activities?

Contact lenses are great for sport and an active lifestyle. They give you clear vision without the bother of your glasses fogging up, falling off or breaking. And unlike glasses, you can wear them with ski-goggles or sunglasses.

Contact lenses also give you great peripheral vision. They don’t get in the way of you seeing what’s going on around you when you take part in activities and sport.

Can I swim or shower while wearing my ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses?

Seek advice from your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about contact lenses and activities involving water including showering, using a hot tub, swimming or other water sports. Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of eye infection that could lead to vision loss. If your lenses unexpectedly come into contact with water, discard them and replace them with a new pair.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

You can use ACUVUE® OASYS® lenses for six nights and seven days consecutively.

However, sleeping in contact lenses is a known risk factor for serious eye infections. Always discuss whether you should sleep wearing your lenses with your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist. Only he or she can determine if sleeping in your contact lenses is right for you.

What can I do if my contact lenses are uncomfortable?

You might have a small particle of dust or lint on the lens that is irritating your eye. With clean, dry hands, carefully slide the lens off of the centre of your open eye and gently move the lens back to the centre while using finger pressure on your upper and lower eyelid, then blink 2 or 3 times.

If the discomfort persists, stop wearing your contact lenses and make an appointment to see your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist to find out why they are uncomfortable.

It feels like my ACUVUE® lens is ‘lost’ in my eye. What should I do?

Don’t worry – this is impossible! Wash and dry your hands and then try the following:

  • Roll your eye around until the lens works itself over to where you can see it.
  • Put some rewetting drops into your eye and look up, down and side to side, until you can see the lens.
  • Close your eyes and gently move your finger over your lid to reposition the lens.

Call your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist for advice if these methods do not work or you are still experiencing discomfort.

What can I do if my eyesight isn’t good, even with contact lenses?

There could be a number of reasons why your vision is still not good with contact lenses. Your prescription may have changed or you may be putting the lens for your right eye in your left eye or vice versa. Book an appointment so your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can help find the reason for you.

Can I use eye drops or artificial tears with my ACUVUE® lenses?

Yes, but you should use eye drops or artificial tears specifically recommended for use with soft hydrophilic (water-loving) contact lenses. Always check with your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist before changing your brand of eye drops, because even mixing approved solutions can occasionally cause problems.

Should I give my eyes a rest from contacts? Do they need time to 'breathe'?

Contact lenses such as 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® and ACUVUE® OASYS® are made with the latest silicone hydrogel materials. They provide much more oxygen to the eye than traditional soft lenses. And the more oxygen your eyes get, the healthier and whiter your eyes will be.

Are contact lenses difficult to care for?

No. Advances in technology have made contact lens care convenient and easy. Daily disposable lenses are replaced on a daily basis, so require no cleaning at all. Consider asking your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®, 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® and 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM. You can just wear them for the day and then throw them away.

Reusable lenses such as ACUVUE® OASYS® only need a few minutes of care when you take them off. It is simple and easy to clean and store your lenses with prescribed disinfecting contact lens solutions. Your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can give you advice about how to use and care for your contact lenses.

Also, see our easy, effective routine for cleaning your reusable contact lenses.

Can I still wear contact lenses if the expiry date on the package has past?

No. The expiration date represents the time period that we can ensure the lenses are sterile. Do not use your lenses beyond the expiration date.

I've forgotten to replace my reusable contact lenses on time. What should I do?

Wash and dry your hands with a lint free towel. Remove your lenses immediately and replace them with a fresh pair. Seek the advice of your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist if your eyes are uncomfortable or irritated.

Most people like to set up a wearing schedule to help them remember when to replace their lenses. Our free LENSPAL® app will service will remind you when to replace your lenses.

Why should I change my lenses on time? They still feel fine.

They may feel fine but changing your reusable contact lenses as directed by your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist is essential for keeping your eyes comfortable and helping to maintain healthy contact lens wear.

If you exceed the lenses' recommended wearing schedule, they can attract deposits from your eyes, hands and environment. This can lead to blurry vision and eye irritation, itching and redness.

My friend has never worn contacts and wants to try mine. Is this okay?

No. Never share your lenses with anyone. Your contact lenses are medical devices, prescribed by your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist to suit your individual vision needs and the unique shape of your eye.

Instead, advise your friend to ask his or her Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist about ACUVUE® contact lenses. If they would like a Free Trial of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, they can print this voucher and take it with them. Professional fitting fees apply.

I left my ACUVUE® lenses in the car – and I think they may have got very hot. Is it safe to wear them?

Your ACUVUE® lenses are safe to use if they are still sealed in their original foil packet. We recommend you throw them away and use new ones if your lenses are out of their original foil package or in your lens case.

The answers to your eye health FAQs

What is short-sightedness (myopia)?

Short-sightedness (myopia) is when you have trouble seeing in the distance. Your vision is clear when you look at things up close, but further away objects become out of focus or fuzzy.¹ How short-sighted you are and how far away things start to get blurred is measured when you have an eye test. The test results will determine your prescription.

What is long-sightedness (hyperopia)?

Long-sightedness (hyperopia) is when you can see objects clearly at a distance, but find it hard to focus on something that is close to you. In more severe cases, it can be difficult to focus on objects at any distance.²

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that can affect people of any age. It is due to the eye not being completely round, often shaped more like a rugby ball. Your vision will be blurred at any distance if you have astigmatism. The degree of distortion will vary, depending on the level of astigmatism.³

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is an age-related condition² that affects almost everyone. As you get older and into middle-age, you may find it harder to focus on nearby objects like book or magazine print, especially in low light. Without vision correction, presbyopia can lead to headaches and eye fatigue.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are when the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy. This can make your vision hazy and can increase glare. Cataracts usually develop with age but can also be caused by a genetic predisposition. They are the most common cause of blindness. However, cataracts can almost always be successfully treated with surgery.4

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, which causes gradual loss of sight that can lead to blindness. It is important to have regular eye tests, especially as you get older, because glaucoma can be difficult to detect. You may be more at risk if there is a family history of glaucoma.

Glaucoma can be easily treated with eye drops if it is detected in good time. In more severe cases, treatment can involve laser vision correction or surgery.5

What is macular degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that typically develops in people over 65. However, some people experience its onset in their 40s and 50s. It affects your central field of vision, making it distorted and blurry. AMD does not necessarily lead to total loss of sight, because quite often your peripheral (side) vision remains intact.6

The answers to your Acuvue Brand Contact Lenses FAQs

What is ASD?

Accelerated Stabilisation Design (ASD) is a technology that uses the power of your natural blink reflex to keep your contact lens in the correct position. ASD was specially developed for astigmatism and is used in all ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses for astigmatism, such as 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® for ASTIGMATISM and ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM.

What is HYDRACLEAR®?

HYDRACLEAR® is the brand name for our patented comfort technology used in our silicone hydrogel lenses including 1•DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® and ACUVUE® OASYS®. This technology combines high oxygen transmissibility with a moisture rich material. This gives you a lens with a unique, silky soft feel that lasts all day.

What is LACREON®?

LACREON® is the brand name for our exclusive comfort technology found in all 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® brands. It binds a water-loving material to create a cushion of moisture around the lens.

Can I buy ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses on the ACUVUE® website?

No, we do not sell ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses on our website.

You must have a valid prescription to get contact lenses to ensure you have the right size, shape and vision correction for your eyes.

You can find an Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist that fits ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses located near you here.

For a Free Trial of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, print this voucher and take it with you to your appointment.

What is the solution in which ACUVUE® lenses are packaged?

ACUVUE® lenses are packaged in a buffered, preservative-free, sterile solution. It is a saline solution that is similar to your natural tears.