Contact Lens Users are Damaging The Environment

In the UK it is estimated that over 750 million contact lenses are disposed of incorrectly every year.

Over 4.8 million people in Great Britain alone wear contact lenses. Astonishingly over 97% confirm that they do not dispose of these correctly. Most of these lenses end up down sinks, toilets or in household waste. As a result this is having a hugely detrimental effect on the environment.

When lenses go through sewage systems, they break down into smaller particles which form microplastics. These microplastics pollute the oceans and are tragically mistaken for food by marine animals. The University of Exeter released a study which found that every single seal, dolphin and whale washed up on Britain’s shores had traces of plastic in its stomach.

Managing Director of Concept Eye Clinic, Vik Kumar said “We are committed to ensuring that the manufacturing of most of our optical frames are predicated on sustainability.  In doing so locally, we aim to contribute globally to reduce our footprint on this planet and we are delighted at Concept to be in partnership with TerraCycle and Acuvue, and proud to introduce our own ‘Contact Lens Recycle Programme’. As a community opticians we think locally and act globally with your lens recycling.”

The Government has recently put measures in place to reduce plastic waste from straws and cotton buds. Their view on contact lenses is still unknown but the impact that this waste has on the environment is substantial.

Temporary Closure: COVID-19

Operating Emergency and Essential Eyecare only.

This includes replacement glasses, deliveries and contact lens replenishment.
Gosforth: 0191 2851603         
Tynemouth: 0191 2966124

We will reply to your queries within 4 working hours.

Covid -19 FAQ's

Whilst transmission is via viral respiratory particles we know that viral particles can be found in the tears and this can cause viral conjunctivitis. It is probable that the affected individual will experience primary symptoms such as fever and cough.

The latest advice for contact lens wearers is that there is no evidence to date that contact lens wear should be avoided by healthy individuals, or that contact lens wearers are more at risk of contracting coronavirus then those wearing spectacles.
To help maintain healthy contact lens wear, all contact lenses wearers should follow correct lens wear and care instructions, including thoroughly washing and drying your hands before handling, applying and removing your contact lenses. Spectacles should be washed regularly using warm soapy water. In the absence of the diagnosis of COVID-2 and in the absence of symptoms of fever, cough, red eye or discharge and provided that scrupulous hygiene is practised then contact lens wear is permissible. Social distancing ( minimum of 2m) should be exercised. Spectacle wear would be the preferred mode of sight correction or daily wear contact lens wear.

We offer an emergency replenishment service to our own patients . Simply email. We will ask some clinical questions in the absence of conducting a review and accordingly will arrange a delivery.

If you experience any sudden change / loss in your vision, pain, redness, flashes and floaters (black spots) in your vision or any other concerns related to your eyes, Please send us an email to If you do not have access to email, please telephone 0191 2851603. We will respond within 4 working hours with the most appropriate advice.

We offer an emergency reglazing service to our own patients’ frames. Simply email and we will arrange a delivery and reglazing service.

Please visit NHS 111 online (