Contact Lens FAQs
Who can wear contact lenses?
Most people can. With recent advances in lens technology whether you are long sighted, short sighted astigmatic, presbyopic or young or old most people can wear contact lenses
Can children wear contact lenses?
Many children benefit from the freedom that wearing contact lenses brings, whether for full time use or just for sports such as swimming or rugby or any other physical activity where spectacles can be inconvenient or limiting. As long as they are able to insert and remove them confidently and safely, and understand the health and hygiene aspects. The individual maturity and motivation of the child is also a key factor ensuring that guidelines are being followed.
Can you get varifocal contact lenses?
Yes, there are a number of different options such as having one eye for distance and the other for reading (monovision) and also, varifocal contact lenses which work on your pupil size. A consultation with our optometrist and subsequent trial will determine the best type of correction for you.
Can I come in and buy any contact lens?
Contact lenses are only available on prescription and therefore, you will need to book an appointment to allow the optometrist to find the right set of contact lenses for you. However if you have been fitted with contact lenses elsewhere and have a prescription, we would be happy to supply lenses for you.
Can I still wear contact lenses if I have dry eyes?
Yes you can, technology has moved on so much that only rarely do we have incidents where patients are unsuitable for lens wear due to dry eyes. Our Optometrist will perform a series of tests to detect just how dry your eyes are. There are certain materials which are more suitable for dry eyes, and we will offer you trial lenses to find the most suitable contact lens.
Who fits the contact lenses?
Your contact lens consultation and all aftercare appointments are completed by our optometrist who specialises in contact lenses. (click here to find out more about our optometrists)
Will I see the same person each time?
Yes, we will always aim to book you in to see your regular optometrist, as it ensures continuity of care.
Are contact lenses good for my eyes? And can they cause damage to the cornea?
Contact lenses have proven to be a healthy vision correction option for millions of people. If you follow all the prescribed steps, for inserting, removing and caring for them, contact lenses will continue to be safe and effective. Early detection of problems is paramount; hence you should attend all your aftercare appointments.
Why do I need regular checkups?
Nowadays, contact lenses are so comfortable to wear, that it is often difficult for a patient to see or realise if there are any issues with the lens fit. That’s why it is important to attend for regular check-ups to monitor your corneal health and to ensure the fitting remains correct and will not damage your eyes.
Can a contact lens get lost behind my eye?
No, at worst, you may have trouble finding it under the lid. If required, you can have your optometrist help you have it removed.
Is it safe to sleep in my contact lenses?
Generally, we do not advise overnight wear of contact lenses. Although, modern materials are being developed to meet the eyes oxygen demands whilst sleeping and there are some contact lenses which may be suitable.
Should I wear contact lenses whilst playing sports?
Yes, contact lenses are the best option as unlike glasses, contact lenses offer athletes an advantage because they stay in place under dynamic conditions provide a wider field of vision and eliminate the risk of glasses related injuries.
Can I swim with my contact lenses in?
The only true safe option for swimming is to use prescription swimming goggles.
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