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?
- Better all round vision
- More stable vision as the eye looks through the centre of the lens
- Can be worn safely during most sports
- Not affected by rain or changes in temperature
- Incidence of breakage is low
- Improved cosmesis especially for higher prescriptions
- Can correct most common eyesight defects; short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism and even presbyopia
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem especially in teenagers
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.
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.
- 1 day lenses - soft, flexible and very comfortable to wear. No cleaning solutions required as the lenses are discarded after use. Great for full-time or part-time use.
- Two weekly and monthly lenses are primarily made from the new material silicone hydrogel which allows even more oxygen to reach the eye. These lenses need to be cleaned and disinfected every day. They are an excellent choice for people who wear their lenses all day every day.
- Multifocal lenses are designed for people who need to have both distance and reading vision corrected.
- Coloured lenses are available with no power as well as with a prescription. They enhance light eyes with a tint, or change the colour with an opaque lens to give a subtle or dramatic change of eye colour.
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:
- An eye examination to measure your prescription and check the health of your eyes
- A contact lens assessment using a slit- lamp to examine
- The curvature of the eye surface
- The quality and quantity of your tears
- The health of the cornea, conjunctiva, lids and lashes
- The contact lenses applied to your eyes
- A short period of time to adjust to the lenses in your eyes before they are checked to ensure a comfortable fit
- The vision checked to confirm the correct power
- Instruction on lens care, wearing time, and how to apply and remove the lenses
- Your contact lenses to take home and an appointment for your first aftercare visit
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.