Contact lens myth buster

The truth about contact lenses

Read our handy contact lens cheat sheet to help bust some common myths

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Although contact lenses have been worn widely since the early 1970s, wearing contact lenses for the first time can be daunting. We’ve gathered some of the most common contact lens myths to help give you peace of mind to decide if contact lenses are right for you.

Suitability & age

You can wear contact lenses, even if your eyesight starts to change

You can still continue to wear contact lenses if your eyesight changes. If you’ve noticed you struggling to focus up close, for example things have gotten blurry at normal reading distance, you may have presbyopia. This is just a natural part of ageing & something that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Our multifocal contact lenses are a great option for those who have presbyopia. Find out more about presbyopia.

Contact lenses are suitable for most people & age ranges.

Including children too. Sometimes, medical conditions such as myopia mean that children have to wear contact lenses. Find out more about children’s contact lenses here. Lots of children benefit from wearing contact lenses. They can help to improve self-esteem, improve academic performance & encourage participation in sports & recreational activities. Most children can learn how to insert & remove contact lenses safely & hygienically, although they might need help or supervision to begin with.

There's also no upper age limit to wearing contact lenses. Whatever your age, the decision to wear glasses or contact lenses is up to you. Most eyesight prescriptions can be corrected with contact lenses. So whether you think you’re too young, too old, or have got eyesight that can’t be corrected with contact lenses, you could be pleasantly surprised. Read more about getting started with contact lenses here.

You can still wear contact lenses if you have astigmatism

There are contact lenses available that have been specifically designed for people with astigmatism.

Comfort & usage

Contact lenses are generally comfortable

Most contact lenses are made from materials that are extremely soft & flexible. With the correct lens choice, many people can’t even feel them once they’re in. When our expert clinicians people with contact lenses, we always make sure they fit the eye comfortably. Read more about how our contact lenses are made.

You don’t have to wear contact lenses every day

Contact lenses offer great flexibility & can be worn every day or just occasionally, even if only for a few hours at a time. Many people find a combination of both glasses & contact lenses is the best solution for them. Find out more about the types of contact lenses.

You can wear glasses & contact lenses at the same time

For some prescriptions, a combination of glasses & contact lenses at the same time could work well. For example, if you need help with close-up vision like reading, as well as far-sightedness.

You can wear eye make-up with contact lenses

Strange but true – many people find it easier to apply their make-up once they start wearing contact lenses because they can see what they're doing! For hygiene reasons, it's better to insert your lenses before putting make-up on, & take them out before removing make-up. Explore our top tips on make-up for contact lens wearers.

Not all contact lenses help us see more clearly

Some, such as coloured lenses, are cosmetic, while others – Halloween contact lenses, for example – are novelty items. Such products are sometimes called plano or zero-powered lenses, & they're freely available online. However, under law, these products are classed as contact lenses, & you're advised that their sale should be supervised by an optometrist, contact lens optician or medical doctor to make sure they're suitable for you.

Putting in & taking out contact lenses

You don’t have to actually touch your eye

This is a very common myth, but when put in & taken out correctly, it’s only ever the lens itself that you’ll touch. They sit directly on the surface of the eye, meaning that wherever you look, your vision stays in focus. Read more about how to put in & take out contact lenses.

Contact lenses can’t get lost behind your eye

Heard the one about contact lenses getting lost? But don’t worry, a membrane connects your eye to your eyelids, preventing anything from getting behind your eye. So, it’s impossible for a contact lens to get lost back there. Sometimes, a lens might get stuck under your eyelid. If this happens, you can try putting a few drops of contact lens solution in your eye, closing it, & gently massaging the lid. This should help to move the lens into a position that allows you to remove it.

Safety & hygiene

Contact lenses won’t harm your eyes

As long as you follow a proper usage & care routine as recommended by your optometrist, you shouldn’t have any problems wearing your contact lenses. As lenses sit on the surface of the eye, safety & hygiene is important. You'll avoid most problems by:

• Washing your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses

• Keeping nails short & smooth. Long, jagged or uneven nails can scratch your eye

• Removing your lenses before bed, & before showering or bathing

• Never wearing your lenses for longer than the recommended time

• Never reusing a daily disposable lens

• Never borrowing or lending lenses

• Applying make-up after inserting lenses, not before

Read more on our do’s & don’t on contact lenses here.

Contact lenses are safe

As long as you don’t wear them longer than prescribed by your opticians, they are cleaned properly & replaced as advised, contact lenses are quite safe. Remember, you should never use tap water to clean lenses, & never wear expired contacts.

Cost & sustainability

Contact lenses don’t have to be expensive

There are lots of options available with lenses to suit all lifestyles & budgets. At Boots we have daily contact lenses which start from as little as £1 per day.* Find out more about our contact lenses. Contact lenses may seem more expensive but the cost can be spread monthly. For most people, the choice between glasses & contact lenses is usually decided by lifestyle factors, such as convenience & personal appearance.

With our Contact Lens Rewards Plan you can save £285 on average*. Our Contact Lens Rewards Plan is a direct debit plan that makes it super easy to pay for your contact lenses. You can have your lenses delivered to your door & enjoy unmatched rewards such as 10% off Boots brands, including No7, Soltan, Ted Baker, Liz Earle & more. Plus, you can earn Advantage Card points on your direct debit payments, too.

Contact lenses are recyclable

While you can’t recycle contact lenses as part of your household waste, at Boots Opticians we have recycling drop off points for your contact lenses & packaging. Read more about our eco-friendly eyewear.

Fancy giving contact lenses a try?

Now you know the truth about contact lenses, maybe it’s time to give them a go. If you don't currently wear contact lenses & want to go frameless, try our free contact lens trial.**

If you are interested in trying contact lenses for the first time, or haven't had contact lenses for a while, we offer a free contact lens trial. Plus if you haven't had an eye test within the last 12 months, this combined appointment will be needed. The price of an eye test is from £29.95***.  If you are a current contact lens wearer you will need to book the Eye test with contact lens check option.

Book your eye test & free contact lens trial today in store, online or by calling 0345 125 3752†.

*Pricing based on price of Premium Plus daily contact lenses.

**Contact lens free trial: A trial consists of up to 5 pairs of daily disposable lenses or a month’s supply of selected daily reusable lenses. This trial excludes quarterly replacement, annual replacement and coloured contact lenses. You will need to have a valid glasses prescription. If you do not have a prescription, a sight test is required and is chargeable at the current price, please ask a member of staff for details. Excludes current Boots Contact Lens Reward Plan customers.

***Price may vary across regional stores.

† Local rates apply from BT landlines in the UK and other providers' charges may vary. All calls will be recorded or monitored for quality and training purposes.

‡Contact Lens Rewards Plan

Prices may vary across regional stores

Unmatched rewards

10% off Boots and Boots owned brands every time you shop at Boots. Earn Advantage Card points on your plan payments. Claim based on comparison of plan benefits against those offered by other high street Opticians in the UK in June 2022. See comparison table.

What is the yearly saving based on?

Based on average contact lens reward scheme customer saving for transactions between 03/07/2022 to 03/07/2023. Saving amount is based on discount achieved in relation to eye tests (non-NHS customers), contact lens checks, glasses purchases, Boots Advantage Card points awarded on monthly reward scheme subscription charges and purchases of Boots brand products as part of the scheme.

What is Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan?

Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan is a Direct Debit scheme, which provides a convenient way to spread the cost of wearing contact lenses. Additionally, and depending on your contact lens type, solutions can be included in your plan. Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan is not a credit agreement, it's a payment plan which allows you to pay in advance for each order. You will be required to pay the first three months' payments upfront when you join Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan. Your bank account will then be debited each month following sign up. Your contact lenses will be ordered automatically every three months, and you'll make three payments for each order.

How long will my agreement last?

Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan does not have a minimum agreement term and can be cancelled at any time, all we ask is that you give us 28 days' notice of your wish to cancel and we'll cancel your plan and refund any advance payments directly into your bank account. We reserve the right to change the terms of your Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan agreement giving you three months' notice.

How much will I pay?

All payments you make (including your initial payment and subsequent monthly Direct Debits) are made up of (i) a charge for professional dispensing services including check-ups and (ii) a charge for goods, inclusive of postage and packaging. Of your total payment 50% is for dispensing services and 50% is for goods.

All prices are subject to review, and any changes to your Direct Debit will be detailed, via a letter, with at least five weeks' notice.

What happens if a mistake is made with my payment?

If Boots Opticians or your bank or building society makes a mistake with your monthly Direct Debit payment, an immediate refund can be requested under the terms of the Direct Debit Guarantee by contacting your bank or building society directly. Please also contact the Boots Opticians Contact Lens Reward Scheme on 0345 603 2020 (calls are charged at local rate) or email

What happens if I miss a payment?

If, for any reason, your bank or building society rejects our request for your monthly Direct Debit payment, then we will attempt to collect the payment on your next scheduled payment date. Please be aware we are unable to send your contact lenses until you have paid the full balance of your delivery and any missed payments could lead to your delivery schedule being altered. We will contact you to arrange payment of any outstanding monies and can realign your delivery schedule if required. If we cannot collect your payments for three consecutive months then your scheme membership will be automatically cancelled.

How can I change the Boots Opticians I go to?

If you move house just pop into your new local Boots Opticians practice and let them know you have moved to the area. Your Boots Opticians practice will arrange to transfer your Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan and patient records. In the majority of cases there will be no requirement for you to sign a new Direct Debit Instruction.

What happens if I have a change to my contact lenses?

If you need a new lens type or your prescription changes during the term of your Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan membership we can arrange for your new lenses to be transferred to your account. You will see a payment adjustment on your next payment date following your lens type change.

What happens about solutions on my plan?

If you need contact lens solution for your lens type, your optician can include these in your monthly payments. If you have selected store pick up for your lenses, every three months a solution pack will be available for you to collect in store. If you have selected home delivery both your lenses and solutions will be delivered to your home address.

How do I tell you about a change to my personal details?

Please notify your local Boots Opticians practice (the practice where you attend your contact lens appointments), email or you can write to: Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan, Administration Office, 38 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3DX, quoting your membership number. If you wish to change your bank or building society details or Direct Debit payment date, please contact your local Boots Opticians practice or you can email

Can I collect Boots Advantage Card points?

You'll collect one point for every £1 you spend on lenses and solutions on your Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan. We can add points on to your Advantage Card when you visit the practice to collect your lenses, or come in for your contact lens appointment or eye test. If you have opted for home delivery on your plan, your Advantage Card points will automatically be uploaded on to your Advantage Card, five days after the delivery of your lenses. We will not exchange Advantage Card points for cash. Advantage Card points cannot be spent in Boots Opticians, 'third party sites' including Boots Hearingcare,, prescription items, infants milks (up to 6 months), gift vouchers/cards, postage stamps, mobile phone top-up cards and Boots insurance. Full Boots Advantage Card terms and conditions apply. 

Boots Opticians Contact Lens Reward Scheme offers

Being a member of the Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan also gives you access to other great offers. These do not form part of your agreement and we reserve the right to alter or withdraw linked benefits without notice.

Contact lens checks

We want to make sure your eyes are healthy and that your lenses are as comfortable as they can be, so we will need you to attend an inclusive contact lens check at least once every 24 months; your optician will advise if we need to see you more frequently. Please be aware that if your contact lens check becomes overdue, your lenses will be directed to your base practice and will not be available to you until you have attended your contact lens check. These checks are important as your eyes and eye heath can change over time. We'll let you know when your next appointment is due.

Inclusive eye test and contact lens checks

As a Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan customer you are entitled to unlimited eye tests and contact lens checks within your monthly Direct Debit. These appointments are subject to availability (if you are eligible for an NHS eye test you can choose to claim via the NHS or the Contact Lens Rewards Plan. Our colleagues in store can explain any impact if you are eligible for an NHS voucher). There is no cash alternative or refund for NHS eye tests.

Save 50% on a pair of complete glasses and sunglasses (including frames, lenses and dispensing) and on non-prescription sunglasses at Boots Opticians

All of our prices for glasses include the dispensing fee and a fee for the frame and Boots standard single vision lenses. NHS vouchers may be used as a cash contribution towards the final cost of your glasses. Prices shown in Boots Opticians practices include the frame and Boots standard single vision lenses. This offer includes Boots brand and designer frames fitted with prescription lenses. These offers exclude frame only purchases and re-glazes and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or staff discount.

Spare contact lenses for emergency use

We know that accidents sometimes happen, so we'll be happy to offer you occasional replacement lenses on request, depending on your plan type. Monthly/twice monthly lenses - a maximum of three lenses per year, daily disposable lenses - a maximum of 10 pairs per year. Quarterly/annual/made to order lenses - one lens per year at 50% off, based on the usual cash sale price. Should you need any emergency replacement contact lenses, please contact your local practice who will be more than happy to help. A valid specification is required.

10% discount on Boots brand products in Boots UK stores

To receive 10% off Boots branded products, you will need to be a member of the Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan and hold a permanent Advantage Card (you can apply online at

The 10% discount will be activated automatically when you register your Advantage Card to your scheme in a Boots Opticians store. You must present your permanent Advantage Card each time you shop to receive the 10% discount. The discount will not be awarded retrospectively. 10% offer excludes Boots branded products from Boots Opticians, purchases from ‘third party sites’ including Boots Hearingcare,, Boots prescription items, infant milks (up to 6 months), gift vouchers/cards, insurance, travel money, and travel services. This offer is open to UK residents. Not available on Full Advantage Card terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to cancel or vary this offer at any time. Available in all Boots stores. No cash alternative available. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. A valid specification is required.

Plan holiday

If you find you are not wearing all of your lenses before your next delivery arrives, please contact us on 0345 603 2020 to discuss taking a plan holiday as we can stop your payments and lenses up to a maximum of six months in a 12 month period. Calls are charged at local rate.

Free contact lens trial

Please ask your optician when you attend for your contact lens check about new lenses on the market. We are happy to offer you a free trial of any alternative lenses.

Home delivery of contact lenses and solutions

Too busy to come in and collect your lenses? You can now choose home delivery for most lens types (excludes annual or other made to order contact lenses). We will deliver your lenses and solutions (if applicable) every three months. There is no extra charge for this service, and you do not need to sign for your deliveries. We can deliver to any UK address. If you do not receive your contact lens or solutions, please report this as missing as soon as possible on 0345 603 2020, calls are charged at local rate. It's important that we look after the health of your eyes so if you miss your regular contact lens check-up appointments your lenses will be automatically sent to your local Boots Opticians practice who will contact you to arrange your appointment and to collect your lenses. We can only hold your lenses for a limited period of time, so please arrange your contact lens check-up appointment as soon as possible. You can also decide to collect your contact lenses and solutions (if applicable) from your Boots Opticians practice, who will let you know when your lenses arrive.

All customer benefits will only apply to Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan customers. Cancellation of your scheme or failure to keep your payments up to date will result in your benefits being cancelled. The benefits of Boots Opticians Contact Lens Rewards Plan are subject to change at any time without notice.