Hynes Optometrists

0208 579 3241

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a miracle of modern times.

The variety of contact lenses available may seem bewildering, but we are here to help you make the right choice to suit your needs.

We use only the best contact lenses and provide quality care to ensure the optimum health of your eyes.

If you would like to be one of the 3 million people in the UK enjoying the freedom of contact lenses do come and see us.

The Benefits of Contact Lenses


What are the benefits of contact lenses over spectacles?

If you would like to try contact lenses, please call us on 020 8579 3241 to make an appointment.

Types of Contact Lenses


There are two types of contact lenses  - rigid gas permeable and soft, and these come in different materials and designs.

Rigid Gas Permeable

Advances in lens materials now allow more oxygen to reach the front of the eye through a gas permeable lens. These lenses are generally small, hard to the touch and need an initial period of adaptation. They have a low risk of infection, can be made up to almost any prescription and are replaced 3-monthly, 6-monthly or annually depending on the lens material and individual patient requirements.

Soft Lenses

These are the most popular lens type prescribed. They are thin, flexible and moist, and initial comfort is excellent. With the exception of daily disposable lenses, they need to be cleaned and disinfected every day.

What happens in a Contact Lens Trial


After discussing your visual needs and the choice of contact lens best suited to meet your requirements you will have:

Contact Lenses FAQs

Even though I don't wear my spectacles all the time, can I still wear contact lenses?

Yes - contact lenses can be worn on an occasional basis. The daily disposable lenses are perfect for this.
Can I wear contact lenses even though I have astigmatism?

Yes - there are several options to correct astigmatism.
I wear varifocal spectacles - can I have contact lenses?

Yes - there are several types of progressive contact lenses, as well as an option called monovision.
Are they comfortable to wear?

Yes - because lenses these days are very soft and moist they are very comfortable to wear.
Can they get lost in the eye?

Once applied to the eye, a soft lens stays in place even with rapid eye movements during sports. Occasionally a lens may get displaced (usually under the upper lid), but the eyelids are such that the lens cannot disappear into the back of the eye, which is a common misconception.
Are contact lenses difficult to apply and remove?

As with any new skill, this just needs practice before it becomes second nature. You will be given instructions and shown how to apply the lens to your eye and how to remove it. Most people feel confident within just a few days.
Are they expensive?

There are many different types of contact lenses and we will advise on the best lens for you in terms of comfort, vision, health of the eye and lifestyle. All our patients are on the monthly direct debit scheme which incorporates quality care and low cost contact lenses, making wearing contact lenses affordable.