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Contact Lenses

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Are Contact Lenses Suitable For Me?

Advances in contact lens design mean that now almost everyone can wear contact lenses. Contact lenses are suitable for people of all ages, although more care needs to be taken when fitting children or the elderly.

Multi-focal lenses are now available for those in their forties and onwards who have difficulty with close vision, giving the benefits of varifocal lenses without the need for glasses.

Why not try them today with our free contact lens trial.

Benefits of Contact Lenses

General Benefits

  • Excellent peripheral vision
  • A new look for social occasions
  • No switching between glasses and sunglasses

Sports and Leisure

Contact lenses are ideal for many sports activities:

  • Contact lenses won’t steam up
  • Wear contact lenses with sports helmets / goggles / eyewear
  • Enjoy perfect vision in the rain

We will advise you on the best type of lens for you and your lifestyle. It is essential for contact lens wearers to have regular eye examinations. We can provide an eye care package to ensure your eye comfort and health while wearing contact lenses.

Types of Contact Lens

Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are made from a gel-like plastic with a high water content, which allows oxygen through to the surface of the eye. Some of the new ultra-thin lenses are so comfortable that users can wear them all day right from day one! New users of standard-thickness soft lenses usually find that they need a week or so to get used to them before they can wear them all day.

Daily Disposable Lenses

Disposable lenses are becoming more popular as they reduce the requirement for cleaning and caring for lenses. With daily disposable lenses, there is no need for cleaning or lens care at all.

Toric Lenses

Toric lenses are lenses that are designed to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism occurs when the front part of the eye, the cornea, or the lens within the eye is not a symmetrical, spherical shape. The eye is sometimes described as being shaped like a rugby ball. Toric lenses are made from the same material as regular contact lenses, but as it is important that they maintain their position and do not rotate on the eye, they are designed differently to other lenses that simply correct short or long sightedness.

Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal or progressive lenses allow you to see near, far and in-between objects clearly, meaning that reading glasses may no longer be required. These lenses allow you the convenience of being able to see across a room as well as being able to view your computer or read a book comfortably. Multifocal contact lenses are used to correct presbyopia, an age-related condition that affects almost everyone. As you reach your forties and fifties, the lens inside your own eye becomes less flexible, making it harder to focus on objects close to you, such as when reading a book, using a mobile or when working at a computer.

Tinted Lenses

We can supply you with tinted contact lenses which allow you to enhance or change the colour of your eyes. Thin and comfortable with a range of natural-looking colours to choose from.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses

Gas permeable lenses allow oxygen to pass through to the surface of your eye. As they are made of a firmer plastic than soft lenses they are more durable and last longer. They take a little longer to get used to than soft lenses but regular users find them very comfortable.

Contact Lens Eye Care

It is essential for contact lens wearers to have regular eye examinations. We can provide an eye care package to ensure your eye comfort and health while wearing contact lenses. Our monthly contact lens schemes included fitting of contact lenses, all after-care checks and free eye tests when required. All of our packages include any contact lens solutions required – packages start from £15 per month – just ask for details.

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