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Contact lenses have changed!

Contact lenses are easier and more comfortable to wear than ever before due to new lens designs and materials, as well as advanced care products.
Millions of people have already discovered that contact lenses are much more comfortable and convenient than they had ever imagined.

Choosing the right lenses for you can be confusing, so let us guide you through the options on these pages. Of course everyone’s eyes are unique, so our expert staff will be happy to give you personal help and advice, and to answer any questions you may have. That way you’ll feel totally confident with your new choice of contact lenses.

Soft lenses

The material used in these is pliable and soft, so they’re usually comfortable to wear right from the start and this makes them a popular choice. However, they do need careful handling. They are ideal for sport and occasional wear, even for people with sensitive eyes.

Contact lens consultation

If you would like to wear contact lenses, we can provide everything you will need. If you do not have a current prescription, you will need to have an eye examination prior to the contact lens consultation.

During the consultation the optometrist will examine the surface and sensitivity of your eyes to check that contact lenses are suitable for you. They will also take into account a wide range of factors such as a proposed wearing schedule, visual needs, work environment and lifestyle etc., before deciding which lens type and care regime to recommend.

Contact lens use and care

An optical lens advisor will show you how to insert and remove your lenses. You will be shown exactly what to do, and will have plenty of time to practise your technique until you are fully confident. You will also be taught how to care for them, keep them in good condition and clean them. It’s simple – putting contact lenses into your eyes and taking them out again takes just a few seconds when you know how! Handling your lenses becomes second nature very quickly.

Aftercare

It is imperative to keep your aftercare appointments and rigorously follow the advice and hygiene instructions to ensure successful contact lens wear. Once you are an established contact lens wearer, you will still need to have an annual or 6 month check to monitor the health of your eyes.

Even with these frequent checks, you will be required to have a full eye exam and health check at least every two years (or as recommended by your Optometrist), as it is important to monitor the health of the eyes and keep your spectacle prescription up to date.

Our Eye Exam fees are here.

Contact Lens Care

Reusable contact lenses will require cleaning and disinfecting each day with proprietary sterile fluids – we keep a wide range of products for soft and gas-permeable lenses in stock. If you are a regular lens wearer on one of our contact lens schemes then you are entitled to discounts on these products.


The main types of contact lens:

  • Soft Contact Lenses:
    • Daily disposable
    • Regular replacement
    • Long-life soft lenses
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
  • Additional options (available in Soft or Gas Permeable options usually):
    • Toric contact lenses
    • Multifocal contact lenses
    • Tinted and Coloured contact lenses

Frequently asked questions

You may be slightly aware of the lenses at first, but most people find it is not at all uncomfortable. If lenses are not cleaned properly and dust or debris is left on them, they may cause temporary irritation, which can usually be solved by thoroughly rinsing the lenses before reinserting them.
It is generally recommended that their prescription is stable and the child is mature enough to handle and care for them properly with minimal supervision.
Contact lenses are excellent for sport:

  • They give you an unrestricted view
  • They won’t mist over when you get hot
  • They won’t get smeared with raindrops
  • They can’t be knocked off your face, unlike spectacles

Contact lenses are not recommended for swimming without a well fitting mask or goggles.

Yes, but if possible choose creams rather than powders.
No, it’s impossible for contact lenses to move behind the eye. If they do slip out of place, it’s easy to move them back into position.
Yes: if you get an eye infection it is possible that you will be advised to cease contact lens wear whilst the infection is being treated, or you may lose or damage a lens so spectacles will be needed.