The chances are if you wear glasses, you can wear contact lenses too.
There are many choices when it comes to the type of contact lenses you can select. The best solution for you will depend on how often you plan to wear them, whether you’d like to be able to sleep in them, as well as your visual needs and budget.
Contact lenses and comfort
Advances in contact lens technology means that uncomfortable contact lenses are a thing of the past. We even offer a money back comfort guarantee* on selected contact lenses.
The latest contact lenses are made from materials that are highly comfortable and breathable so your eyes remain fresh and lubricated throughout the day. We even have ultra-moist contact lenses that are ideal for people who experience the symptoms of dry eye.
Healthy eyes and contact lenses
We will work with you to ensure your eyes remain healthy and your vision is at its best. When you buy contact lenses from us, you can be assured of professional support and after care by a team of experienced and trained professionals.
Our experience shows that patients who use our support services tend to enjoy wearing their lenses for longer and have fewer problems than patients who simply buy contacts online.
Types of contact lens
There are many different types of lens. Firstly, some will fit your eyes and some won’t. Lenses come in different sizes. Furthermore, some will affect the health of your eyes differently to others. Hence the need to have lenses properly fitted and checked over by an Optometrist. You will need to trial a range of designs to find the lens that suits you the best. Finally, there are different replacement intervals. Almost all lenses are categorised into one or more of the following:
Daily disposable lenses
Simply thrown away at night before bed and replaced with a fresh new pair of lenses in the morning. Daily disposable lenses are convenient and you won’t require any cleaning solutions or storage cases. They are also the thinnest type of contact lens, are great for water sport and provide high levels of comfort. As a new lens is used each day, the risk of infection is also lower.
Sleep-in and extended wear lenses
These are great for a busy lifestyle and seeing clearly at any time, even when you wake up in the night. Extended wear lenses are the most breathable type of lens and allow the highest amount of oxygen to the eye which means they can be slept in and worn for up to 29 nights. It is important that these lenses fit properly, so your eyes feel good for the full extended period.
Daily wear and care lenses
Not to be confused with daily disposable lenses, these are worn for up to a fortnight or a month depending on the type of lens. These lenses do require special care, cleaning and sanitising every day. So they must be removed at night for reuse the next day. These are the most economical type of contact lens, but do require extra cleaning solution and storage cases.
Conventional soft lenses
Similar to daily wear and care lenses, these lenses last a lot longer, but are made to order. Most types are custom designed for particular eyes. So they are not all that common, but great if you have an unusual prescription or particular requirement.
Rigid gas permeable lenses
RGP lenses allow the most oxygen through to the surface of the eye. Furthermore, RGP lenses also commonly provide better vision, durability, and protein deposit resistance than soft contact lenses. And because they last longer than soft lenses, they can be less expensive in the long term. They are more difficult to prescribe and require a more detailed examination and fitting procedure with the Optometrist.
Contact lenses for astigmatism
All the above designs are available for people who require a contact lens for astigmatism correction. Modern designs cater for a wide range of astigmatisms. Sometimes a better result can be achieved with a custom made lens. Lenses for astigmatism are also referred to as toric lenses.
Over 40s that need to see comfortably at all distances may benefit from a multifocal design. These lenses allow the wearer to do most things without the need for glasses.
The common alternative to a multifocal lens is the use of two different contact lenses in each eye. One eye provides distance vision while the other eye provides near reading vision. This sounds complicated, but is well worth a try as it is often very successful.