The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Contact lens services


Supply of contact lenses within the Hospital Eye Service

Patients requiring replacement contact lenses or urgent clinical advice should contact us on 0113 2064742 or through our email for non urgent queries.

We provide a contact lens assessment, fitting, prescribing and aftercare service for patients of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust requiring clinically necessary contact lenses. We provide a specialist contact lens service including scleral, cosmetic, paediatric, therapeutic and keratoconic contact lenses. We provide this service at the main eye clinic at St. James's University Hospital.

Only a hospital Consultant Ophthalmologist, or a hospital contact lens practitioner, can decide whether a patient has a clinical need for contact lenses. Only an appropriately qualified registered optician can fit contact lenses.

We will not normally fit patients with "medical" contact lenses if they can achieve driving level vision with an up to date spectacle correction.


At present there is a patient charge of £57.00 per lens (as of April 2018) for clinically necessary contact lenses.

Normally you will be expected to pay for your contact lenses prior to them being ordered and supplied.

Help with the cost of contact lenses

You would not normally have to pay for your first set of contact lenses from the hospital if you:

  • are aged under 16, or aged under 19 and in full-time education or
  • You receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution-based)
  • You receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
  • You receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • You are awarded Universal credit
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
  • You are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2).

You will be asked to show proof of your entitlement to the optometrist or a member of the optometry team.

Lost or damaged contact lenses would normally be charged for at £57 per contact 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 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust or another hospital. 

Your referral is then usually reviewed by the Consultant Optometrist to ensure there is a medical need for contact lenses, following which an appointment is sent to you.



During the COVID-19 recovery phase Adult contact lens clinics will be running morning and afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,  in the main eye clinic at St. James's University hospital.

At present Paediatric contact lens clinics are running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and Wednesday and Friday afternoons  in the Orthoptic department, Multi Speciality Outpatients at St. James's University hospital during the COVID-19 recovery phase.


Waiting times

Patients attending contact lens clinics for an assessment will usually be in clinic for at least half an hour, patients requiring fitting may be in clinic for at least an hour.




Patient information sheets


Contact lens information:

 Contact lens risk sheet 2016.pdf

Contact lens process Hand out 2016.pdf

Scleral contact lens hand out 2016.pdf

Scleral contact lens mould hand out 2016.pdf


Contact lens charges:

Contact lens Hand out patient copy of acknowledgement form and charges 2016.pdf

Charges for posting contact lenses 2016.pdf

Paediatric Contact lens charges Hand out 2016.pdf


Contact lens solutions:

Multipurpose soft contact lens solution information sheet 2016.pdf

Oxysept contact lens solution information sheet 2016.pdf

Rigid gas permeable contact lens solution information sheet 2016.pdf

Rigid gas permeable or soft contact lens multipurpose solution information sheet 2016.pdf