Contact lens

This specialist service is for patients who need contact lenses for medical reasons.

This specialist service is for patients who need contact lenses for medical reasons.

Appointment information 0207 566 2357

Contact lens orders0207 566 2100

Contact lens service
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
162 City Road

What this service does

In general, staff in our contact lens service treat patients whose vision cannot be improved with spectacles, but can be improved with contact lenses.

We can prescribe and fit contact lenses for a range of medical eye conditions, such as keratoconnus, corneal distortion, or scarred or white corneas. 

We also treat patients with very high prescriptions ( e.g. over +/-15D), or to relieve pain or aid cosmesis if your eye has become unsightly following damage from, for example, infection or trauma. 

We cannot fit lenses if normal vision can be obtained with spectacles. 

Notification Bausch and Lomb Innovative Scleral Contact lens

Unfortunately on 02 August 2023 we were notified that Bausch + Lomb will no long offer their “Innovative scleral (IS) contact lens portfolio” (no other types of scleral contact lenses are affected). This is causing a delay in the provision of these lenses to our patients. We are therefore contacting patients who are affected by this, and we are in the process of identifying a solution. In the meantime, some patients may be offered the option to attend our clinics to be refitted with another scleral lens design. Please accept our apologies as there may be a delay in our staff answering contact lens queries while we manage the additional workload.

Please check back here for updates on the supply of the Bausch and Lomb Innovative Scleral lens.

How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you must be referred by your GP, or by an ophthalmologist at Moorfields or another hospital.

Your referral is then reviewed by the principal optometrist of the contact lens clinic to ensure there is a medical need for contact lenses, following which an appointment is sent to you.


A general contact lens clinic runs every weekday, and specialist clinics for scleral lenses and children's contact lenses run on different days of the week. 

You will be assessed in the clinic to ensure you are suitable for lenses. A lens type will be selected depending on your medical need. As the lenses are often complex designs, and are therefore usually specially made, your contact lenses will be issued at your second appointment. You will also receive instruction on handling and caring for your lenses at this appointment.

Soft contact lenses

 Rigid gas permable lenses

Scleral lens care

Mini scleral lens care

Healthy habits, healthy eyes

Use the link below 'Healthy habits, healthy eyes' to read more about how to take good care of your eyes to prevent infection or damage through poor contact lens use.

Frequently asked questions