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Contact Lens Guide

Contact lenses lead you into a world of freedom.

Freedom to create a new look and not be defined by your glasses.

Freedom to play sports free from the restrictions of spectacles.*

Freedom to see more naturally and in many cases get much improved vision.

Freedom to wear top brand sunglass wraps.

Freedom simply to be you.

All this is just a step away so why not let our fully qualified and registered contact lens opticians and optometrists help guide you to the best contact lenses for you?

Who should wear contact lenses?

In truth all most anyone can wear lenses. Modern lenses are comfortable and very easy to maintain making them accessible to pretty much anyone. Of course most of us want contact lenses for cosmetic reasons but there are also many people whose vision would be impaired without the use of contact lenses. These lenses tend to be more complex and we are pleased to be able to run specialist clinics specifically to cater for this more complex requirement.

Is there an age limit to contact lens wear?

There are no real age limits on lens wear. The criterion with children is how mature they are rather than how old. Naturally they need to be able to take responsibility for their own lenses including cleaning and hygiene.

The upper age limit is usually governed by 2 issues, manual dexterity, and extreme dry eyes. Some of us succumb to rheumatism and arthritis which can effect our ability to handle lenses. Quite often the same people will have very dry eyes and inadequate tear production for contact lens support. Other than that every one can try them.

What different types of lenses are there?

Soft contact lenses

These thin, gel-like lenses conform to the shape of your eye, so they're comfortable and easy to get used to. Soft contact lenses are very stable on eye, so they're a good choice if you participate in sports activities or otherwise have an active lifestyle. Soft contact lenses come in single use, daily wear and extended wear varieties. The introduction of Silicone Hydrogel materials have made soft lens wear even more comfortable and safe due to the enhanced oxygen flow to the eye.

Daily disposable contact lenses. These lenses are individually packaged for a single one-day use only. You put in a new pair every day, then remove and discard them before you go to sleep at night. Truly the ultimate in convenience and ease of care?

Fortnightly and monthly disposable contact lenses.

These are designed to be worn during the day and removed, cleaned, and stored in a special disinfector each evening. and must be replaced every fortnight (or month depending on the manufacturer).

Extended wear contact lenses.

Designed for up to seven days of continuous wear, these specialist contact lenses allow oxygen to reach your cornea even while you're sleeping. Many opticians, however, question the safety of wearing corrective contact lenses around the clock. Despite being made for prolonged wear, extended wear contacts block a certain amount of oxygen from your cornea — particularly when you're asleep. Overnight wear also promotes the build up of micro-organisms on the lenses and is linked to an increase in the incidence of corneal complications, including infections.

Gas permeable contact lenses

Gas permeable contact lenses are more rigid and smaller in diameter than are soft contact lenses. One of their chief advantages is vision: Gas permeable lenses can correct certain vision problems that soft lenses can’t and give unparalleled visual clarity. They are generally more durable than soft lenses.

The only way to really find out about how you can experience the freedom of contact lenses is by booking an obligation free consultation with one of our contact lens experts. Make an appointment today.

*Certain sports require the use of safety eyewear but contact lenses can safely be worn with these.

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