Contact lenses can make a difference to your life, whether if it for daily use, just for social use or just for occasional wear.
Benefits of Contact Lenses
- Contact lenses can provide many benefits over wearing glasses, and are a highly successful form of vision correction.
- They improve your field of view, no frame to restrict your all-round vision
- They are easy and convenient to use.
- They can be particularly useful for special occasions or sports and outdoor activities.
- They can correct most eye sight problems and are suitable for people of all ages, including children.
- They can be tailored for those who require a different lens power for distance and reading.
- Contact lenses are quick to adapt to and the latest materials provide fantastic comfort and are healthier than ever for your eyes.
Everybody’s lifestyle is different and your contact lenses should be suitable for yours. That’s why we will take the time to discuss your specific visual needs before explaining which contact lenses are available and the merits of each.
Depending on your prescription and the features of your eye, as well as your lifestyle we might recommend daily, monthly or annual contact lenses.
Fitting & Aftercare
While we might have a preliminary discussion about contact lenses during your eye examination we would only fit you with lenses after a contact lens consultation.
There are specific tests for contact lenses and these are out-with the remit of an NHS eye examination. We need to assess your visual needs along with your lifestyle and in particular examine the cornea (the front surface of the eye), eyelids and eyelashes, and tear film.
Once the lenses are fitted, we will teach you how to wear and care for your lenses and what steps to take to avoid any problems.
The first aftercare appointments are normally a week or two weeks after you collect the contact lenses. This is to ensure that sure you've got the best possible vision and comfort, and that your eyes are coping with contact lens wear. Any modifications to the lenses are normally made at this stage.
If you are an experienced wearer we might only need to see you annually but if you are new to lenses we would want to see you at three and six months, and probably annually thereafter.
A contact lens fit costs £25 for new wearers and £15 for previous wearers.
Daily disposables are contact lenses that are worn once and then thrown away. They are very comfortable and are simple and convenient way of correcting your vision:
- You never have to clean them.
- At the end of the day, you just take them out & throw them away.
- Travelling is made easier as you don't have to worry about packing cleaning solution.
- Great choice if you have allergies or hayfever as a fresh lens surface is gentler on the eye.
Starting from £25 for 32 pairs daily disposables come in different types including daily toric and daily multifocal.
Monthly disposable contact lenses are worn on a daily basis but taken out every night and cleaned and stored to use the next day. After a month they must be disposed of and a fresh pair worn.
They are very comfortable and are often preferred because they are a cheaper option, or because you have more a more complex prescription.
These start from £16.50 per month but that includes solutions. They're purchases in a three month pack which can either be paid by standing order or on collection.
Annual Contact Lenses
These are generally rigid gas permeable lenses. They are often fitted because of the curvature of your eye. They are slightly more difficult to adapt to initially but you do soon get used to them. They are usually worn every day to ensure your tolerance is maintained.
These need to be removed and cleaned every night.
Prices start from £140. This seems a lot initially but remember its once a year.