Contact Lenses

Are you fed up with wearing glasses? Nowadays, most people can be successfully fitted with contact lenses. Modern contact lenses are very comfortable – in fact within a few days most people say they cannot feel them at all.

Contact lenses provide a natural field of vision with no obstructions or distortions. They don’t get steamed up and they are great for sports. There are a wide range of contact lens designs and materials available and our Optometrists will be able to advise you on the most suitable lenses for your eyes and your prescription. As contact lenses are placed on the eyes, it is very important that you have regular after care to ensure that the eyes remain healthy. We provide a complete package of fitting and after care to ensure years of successful contact lens wear.

 

We have provided some answers to frequently asked questions about contact lenses below but we would be delighted to provide further information. Please give us a call or drop into the practice.

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Nowadays, almost everyone can benefit from contact lens wear. Most eyesight problems can be corrected with contact lenses and advances in lens materials and solutions mean that wearing contact lenses is simpler, more convenient and more comfortable than ever before.

We will put contact lenses on your eyes so that you can see how they feel, and will then check the lens fit and your vision. Once you've tried the lenses, you and ourselves can decide together whether contact lenses are right for you.

Think about when and where you want to wear contact lenses: every day, for going out or playing sport, or just for special occasions. We will help you decide on the best type of lens to suit your needs and advise you how often you should replace them.

Only lenses approved for overnight use ('extended' or 'continuous' wear lenses) can be worn during sleep and then only on the advice of ourselves. Sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk of eye infection irrespective of lens type. Avoid sleeping in extended wear lenses if you are unwell.

Contact lenses are a very popular and successful way of correcting your vision and problems are thankfully rare. Contact lens-related infections affect only about four in 10,000 wearers per year and vision loss due to infection is less common affecting just six in 100,000 wearers per year.

Yes, contact lenses have many advantages for sport because they provide all-round, natural vision, are more stable than spectacles and are not affected by rain, fog or reflections. They allow protective eyewear or sunglasses to be worn and means a low risk of damage or injury. What type of contact lens is best for sport? Soft contact lenses are generally the best choice for active sports as these tend to move less on the eye compared to rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP) and are less likely to be dislodged. For outdoor sports, your contact lenses can also incorporate protection from ultraviolet (UV) light.

No. Different solutions contain different ingredients and may require different steps to be effective. Some lens solution combinations may be more compatible with your eyes than others so don't switch the solution you use except on the advice of ourselves.