Contact Lenses

Have you ever felt that contact lenses are not for you?

Perhaps you’ve tried them before and it didn’t work out or you’ve been told that your spectacle prescription isn’t suitable. Maybe you just can’t bear the thought of putting them in…and then having to take them out!

We have the answers. In recent years, modern technology has been able to make contact lenses safer, healthier, more comfortable and more convenient than ever before (and is still continuing to do so). As a result, there is a now a vast range of soft contact lenses available for people to wear and with a flexibility to correct for even greater ranges of spectacle prescription. There are contact lenses designed for both single use and re-use depending on your circumstances. There are cosmetic contact lenses that can change your eye colour and even contact lenses that you can sleep in (if you so wish). More importantly, there are now many more options available to help provide people with clear vision at all distances regardless of age, making the possibilities truly endless.

Our professional team of clinicians offer advice and knowledge based on their experience and they are supported by our specialist contact lens suppliers. Whatever your needs, our experts are able to source and fit the most ideal contact lens option for your eyes. So why not come and see for yourself?


Daily disposables

These contact lenses, as the name implies, are purely designed for single use (i.e. they are discarded as soon as they are removed from the eye and a new fresh pair will be used the next time). For this reason, they are considered to be the most convenient and most hygienic option as there is physically less handling involved with this type of contact lens. This makes them ideal for occasional wear (e.g. sport and social activities) but that is not to say that they cannot be used for full-time wear either. Although they can cost more if worn on a full-time basis, there are many people out there who still opt to wear them in this way purely because of the convenience and reduced risk of infection they offer.

We are able to supply a wide range of daily disposables to cater for your needs and all at very reasonable prices. They are available for both myopic (short-sighted or minus) and hypermetropic/hyperopic (long-sighted or plus) spectacle prescriptions.


Reusables

These contact lenses, as the name implies, are designed for repeated use (i.e. when they are removed from the eye they are cleaned and stored in solution and then the same pair will be used the next time). For example, there are reusable contact lenses that will last for 14 days or 30 days from when the packets are opened, meaning that regardless of how many times they are worn during this period they are still discarded after 14 or 30 days respectively.

It goes without saying that reusables obviously require more handling than daily disposables and also require greater care as they have to last longer. For these reasons, they are generally considered to be less convenient and less hygienic than daily disposables. However, so long as you are doing everything correctly with them they are still a very successful form of contact lens wear and are ideal for full-time wear (i.e. as an alternative to spectacles). In fact, if you prefer wearing contact lenses instead of spectacles then reusables can work out being more cost-effective than daily disposables in the long run.

We are able to supply a wide range of reusables to cater for your needs and all at very reasonable prices. They are available for both myopic (short-sighted or minus) and hypermetropic/hyperopic (long-sighted or plus) spectacle prescriptions.

 


Torics

A toric contact lens is one that specifically corrects for astigmatism. In astigmatism, the cornea (i.e. the transparent front window of the eye) is more curved in one direction than it is in the other, leading to two different curvatures each set at 90 degrees to the other. This leads to the commonly used analogy that the cornea is shaped more like a rugby ball rather than a football. The result of this is that vision can become distorted, generally causing objects at all distances to appear blurred.

If there is minimal astigmatism present, generally we can compensate for it by fitting a standard contact lens. However, if there is clinically significant astigmatism present (or conversely if the vision gained with a standard contact lens is not satisfactory) then a toric contact lens will be required. This is a more complex contact lens that is designed to give a better level of vision to these patients. The end result may not be as clear as what could be achieved with spectacles, as unfortunately we cannot always correct for the astigmatism exactly, but it should be close enough to be functional.

When it comes to torics, we are able to supply both daily disposables and reusables and are able to correct for both myopic (short-sighted or minus) and hypermetropic/hyperopic (long-sighted or plus) spectacle prescriptions.


Multifocals

A multifocal contact lens is one that is designed to provide continuous clear vision at all distances (i.e. both near and far), much like a varifocal spectacle lens. However, with a multifocal the power changes in annular zones that radiate across the surface of the contact lens. This means that instead of having to move your head up and down to find the correct point on the lens for what you are doing, as with a varifocal, clear vision is achieved by means of your pupil size changing along with the brain learning to recognise which part of the lens it needs to be looking through at that moment.

Due to the nature of multifocals, it is fair to say that they do take some getting used to. It is also important to be aware from the outset that the end result may not be as clear as what could be achieved with spectacles and sometimes there does have to be some compromise. However, in most cases it is possible to achieve a satisfactory and functional level of vision and now with even more flexibility in terms of powers available multifocals are revolutionising the way in which we manage presbyopia (i.e. the age-related reduction in our ability to accommodate or focus on near objects).

When it comes to multifocals, we are able to supply both daily disposables and reusables and are able to correct for both myopic (short-sighted or minus) and hypermetropic/hyperopic (long-sighted or plus) spectacle prescriptions.

As much as we would like multifocals to work for everyone, unfortunately that is not the case and it would be a lie to say otherwise. However, if it turns out that you are one of those people then there is no need be deflated by this as there are other ways in which we can try and correct for near vision, as well as distance vision, with contact lenses.


All of the contact lens options discussed above are in reference to soft contact lenses. In addition to these, we also supply cosmetic contact lenses (i.e. soft contact lenses that change your eye colour) and extended wear contact lenses (i.e. soft contact lenses that are licensed to be slept in should the need arise). Separate to this, we do also supply a variety of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses (i.e. hard contact lenses).

If you are interested in trying contact lenses with us or have any queries pertaining to contact lenses then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

If you have just started wearing contact lenses (or if you have been wearing them for years and are in need of a refresh) then why not check out this useful link. There you will find plenty of tips and tools to help keep you on track and enjoying your contact lenses.

http://www.contactlenscoach.co.uk/

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