UV-Blocking Contact Lenses (Do they really work?)

26th Jan 2024

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation and light can harm your skin and eyes, and we are often exposed to UV rays more than we realise.

Overexposure to natural sunlight and artificial rays can increase the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts and other eye disorders.

And just as you apply sunscreen to protect your skin, it’s more important than ever to wear UV-blocking contact lenses to protect your eyes.

What are UV-blocking contact lenses?

UV-blocking contact lenses are like your regular contacts, designed to block out harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching your eyes. UVA rays, although less intense, are more prevalent and can penetrate deep into the eye, which could potentially lead to retinal damage. On the other hand, UVB rays are stronger and primarily affect the eye's surface. Unlike standard lenses, UV-blocking/protection contact lenses absorb UV radiation and offer extra protection for your eyes.

Benefits of UV-blocking contact lens

The biggest perk is obvious:they protect your eyes from UV radiation, keep your eyes healthy in the long run, and reduce the risk of UV-induced eye conditions, such as cataracts and photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye). It’s also a convenient alternative for people who prefer contacts over sunglasses for outdoor activities.

Which contact lenses offer UV Protection?

Acuvue Oasys HydraLuxe

These lenses block at least 97% of UVB and 82% of UVA rays which has the highest level of UV protection available in the market. These are great for people who like to spend more time outdoors but still want comfortable lenses that can keep up all day.

Bausch & Lomb's ULTRA

B&L Ultra One Day contact lenses have a broad-spectrum shield and block up to 95% of UVB and 50% of UVA rays. It’s also designed with ComfortFeel Technology with 96% moisture retention and keeps your eyes hydrated and comfortable. This contact lens was designed these lenses based on dry eye research, so if you have dry eyes this contact lens is a must-buy.

Limitations of UV-Blocking Lenses

It's important to remember that contact lenses aren't a complete solution. They don't cover the white part of your eye, so areas like your eyelids are still exposed. It's best to pair them with sunglasses for full coverage. Consult your optometrist for more advice and to find out which brand would suit your eyes best.


UV-blocking contact lenses are a valuable addition to any eye care routine. They're a smart choice for anyone looking to keep their eyes healthy, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.