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Contact Lens Fitting

Contact Lenses can now be worn by more people than ever before. As an alternative to spectacles they can offer distinct visual and cosmetic advantages. Contact lenses can greatly enhance participation in sport and leisure activities like golf, skiing, field sports, dancing, hill-walking, situations where spectacles can fog up. Contacts can correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.  Bifocal contact lenses are available to correct reading and distance vision simultaneously.

Types of Contact Lenses

Rigid Gas Permeable lenses are made in a hard plastic material that allows oxygen to pass through it to the cornea of the eye. They can give excellent vision but the adapting period can be longer than with soft lenses.

Soft Lenses are made of plastic that absorbs water and is oxygen permeable. This makes them initially more acceptable to the eye than rigid lenses. The soft lens options are daily, fortnightly, monthly disposable, 6 monthly customised lenses. Cosmetic coloured lenses can enhance the eye’s natural colour or in some cases ‘change’ the colour of the eyes. Silicone Hydrogel materials have been a relatively recent development in contact lenses and can greatly increase the amount of oxygen getting to the cornea through the lens.

As an independent practice we have a wide range of lens type at our disposal.  We have trial lens banks from Johnson+Johnson, Ciba, and Sauflon including daily disposable lenses for astigmatism.

Contact Lens Assessment
To determine your suitability for contact lens wear the optometrist takes measurements of the shape of the cornea which is the part of the eye that wears the lens. The front of the eye is examined in detail using a slit lamp microscope. Lens options will be discussed depending on your prescription, wearing expectations and vision needs. Different lenses will be tried and assessed for suitability and comfort.

You will be shown how to insert and remove the lenses in an unhurried environment and when this can be accomplished with confidence trial lenses will be given to take home. A list of Do’s and Don’ts  will be gone through with advice on hygiene and how to avoid problems while wearing your lenses. Advice on wearing time is given and a follow up visit is booked where you will return with the lenses in place. The eye is examined at this point and the fitting proceeds until the most suitable lens is arrived at. There may be several visits involved in contact lens fitting.

While wearing contact lenses we will see you for a check up on yearly basis to ensure trouble free lens wear.