Contact Lenses - What you need to know
- Who can wear contact lenses? There is no age limit – most people can wear contact lenses provided that their eyes are healthy and suitable. You’re never too old to start!
- No assessment charge – free trial! Our Optometrists will discuss your requirements and assess if you are suitable for a FREE trial. There is no charge for this service.
- Wearing contact lenses Wearing contact lenses is much easier than most people think. Our experienced staff will teach you everything you need to know, including how to insert and remove them. Normally new patients are wearing soft lenses all day within a week.
- What next? An up to date eye examination is required before we can fit lenses. We will then arrange for your free assessment with the Optometrist who will guide you to the option that best suits you.
- Further information If you require further information, please contact a member of staff who will be happy to help. A FREE no obligation trial with our contact lens optician will determine which lenses are best for you.
Our Direct Debit Plan
It’s not often in life that you get a little something extra for nothing at all, but that’s exactly what we offer with our contact lens direct debit plans. By switching to direct debit, you could enjoy the following plan benefits:
- A programmed supply of lenses and solutions
- Free annual sight test (if not NHS exempt)
- Free contact lens aftercare appointments
- Unlimited replacement of lost or damaged disposable lenses
- 25% discount on all spectacles and sunglasses, including designer ranges
- Free pair of single vision spectacles every two years, from our Essentials range
- Free retinal imaging where clinically necessary
Soft Disposable Lenses
Soft disposable lenses are the most convenient way of wearing contact lenses now with various different options available including Multifocals (see below) for correcting near and far sight and Toric lenses (see below) that correct astigmatism. There are even soft contact lenses that can correct both of these requirements!
Throwing away soft disposable contact lenses on a programmed basis tailor made to you ensures that the risk of eye complications is greatly reduced compared with traditional soft lenses of the past. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are currently the most advanced soft contact lens material in terms of lens technology as they allow the eye to absorb more oxygen than standard hydrogel materials allowing the eye to breathe better. They also offer better comfort particularly for those who suffer with dry eye problems and significantly minimise the risk of eye complications.
Can I Wear Soft Disposable Lenses?
We can cater now for almost any patient who wears spectacles. As we are an independent practice we have access to more types of soft disposable contact lenses than any high street chains. To see if you are suitable why not contact us to arrange a contact lens consultation and obligation free contact lens trial. You have nothing to lose by trying!
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses can give sharper, more stable vision compared with soft lenses, especially for those patients who have unusual astigmatism/corneal dystrophy or have tried soft disposable contact lenses without success. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses are also more durable and allow the eye to receive greater levels of oxygen when compared with traditional soft contact lenses. They are easier to handle due to the stiffness of the lens and are also available to order in a much wider range of parameters compared with most soft disposable contact lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses can take more time to get used due to the stiffness of the material, however comfort normally improves with wear and can be even better than soft lenses when the eye is fully adapted. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses require very precise and accurate fitting for successful wear, which our team of optometrists are extremely experienced at.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses are designed for people who require visual correction for both their distance vision and reading. Most contact lenses are designed for distance vision only. However after the age of 40 a condition called Presbyopia starts to occur where the ability to read becomes difficult. Multifocal lenses are designed to overcome this problem. They are available in many forms from silicone daily disposables to Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses.
Toric contact lenses are available for patients who have Astigmatism (a rugby ball shaped eye). Low degrees of Astigmatism can usually be corrected by a standard soft disposable lens. However if the vision is not acceptable or the Astigmatism is moderate in nature then a Toric lens will give more accurate vision. Toric lenses are available in most formats including silicone daily disposables and RGP lenses.