Already Wearing Contact Lenses?
Over 3.5 million people in the UK already enjoy the benefits of wearing contact lenses. Ensuring that you are getting the most out of your lenses is simple and the following advice on lens care will help you to maintain eye health and the best possible vision.
Whether you are already wearing lenses from us or from another optician, you are sure to agree that contact lenses are a great way of correcting your vision. If, however, you may feel that you are not getting the most from your lenses then book an appointment with one of our contact lens specialists and discover the advantages of the latest contact lens technology.
All too often, people stop wearing lenses because comfort becomes a problem or their vision isn’t as good as it used to be. Modern materials and lens designs now mean that more people than ever before can wear contact lenses, experience greater comfort for longer and enjoy improved vision due to advances in lenses that correct astigmatism, and multifocal lenses. Our lens specialists will take the time to find the right lenses for you.
To find out more about the latest contact lenses or to book an appointment for a contact lens refit call us or book online.
Types of Contact Lenses
Have you ever felt that your current lenses could be better? Maybe the comfort could be improved, your vision sharper or maybe a different wear modality would be more suitable? The following information will help you to discover a bit more about the different options available to you.
Daily disposable lenses are among the most popular lenses and it’s not hard to see why. With no case and no solution to worry about, you simply throw them away at the end of the day and start afresh with a new pair in the morning. They are ideally suited if you only wish to wear lenses occasionally, as they are more convenient and economical than reusable lenses.
They are also seen by most opticians to be the healthiest way to wear lenses, as by not reusing them you are less prone to infection. Many people also find them to be the most comfortable lenses as you avoid the day-to-day build up of dust, pollen and deposits on the lens surface.
We would recommend daily disposable lenses if…
• you intend to wear lenses on an irregular or occasional basis.
• you travel frequently, as it saves the need to carry storage cases and solutions.
• you want a low maintenance way to wear lenses.
1-Day Acuvue Moist by Johnson & Johnson
1-Day Acuvue Moist is one of the best selling lenses and a favourite amongst wearers due to it’s long lasting comfort and moisture. Exclusive LACREON technology helps lock in moisture, soothing your eyes and relieving dry eye discomfort, ensuring your eyes are comfortable and your vision is clear throughout the day.
1-Day Acuvue Moist also benefits from class leading UV-A and UV-B protection and are suitable for those needing correction for long and short-sightedness, for astigmatism and for those requiring a multifocal lens design.
Fortnightly disposables are reusable, soft lenses that are designed for daily wear for up to two weeks. They are removed at night so that they can be cleaned and stored. They are ideally suited if you intend on wearing lenses full time and are more cost-effective than daily disposable lenses.
As with monthly disposables, fortnightly change lenses are available in a range of modern, advanced materials that allow high levels of oxygen to the eye making lens wear healthier and more comfortable for longer periods.
One significant advantage of fortnightly lenses is that by changing your lenses more frequently when compared to monthly lenses, comfort is greatly improved. This means that your lenses will feel comfortable all day, throughout the life of the lenses.
We would recommend fortnightly disposable lenses if…
• you intend to wear lenses full time and are looking for a cost effective solution.
• you currently wear monthly disposable lenses but find comfort can be a problem.
Acuvue Oasys by Johnson & Johnson
Acuvue Oasys is a family of premium, fortnightly disposable lenses that are widely regarded by eye care professionals as the best disposable lenses.
Acuvue Oasys are made from a silicon hydrogel material, utilising the unique Hydraclear technology. These advanced lenses benefit from an ultra-smooth surface allowing your eyelids to easily glide over the lens surface. The result is clear, irritation-free vision throughout the day. Acuvue Oasys are especially recommended for those who spend a lot of time working with computers or working in heated or air-conditioned environments due to their reputation for retaining moisture and providing that sought after ‘not wearing any lenses’ feeling.
Acuvue Oasys also benefits from class leading UV-A and UV-B protection and are suitable for those needing correction for long and short-sightedness, for astigmatism and for those requiring a multifocal lens design.
Monthly disposable lenses are reusable, soft lenses that are designed for daily wear for up to a month. They are removed at night so that they can be cleaned and stored. They are ideally suited if you intend on wearing lenses full time and are more cost-effective than daily disposable lenses.
Monthly change lenses are the most common form of disposable contact lens. They are available in a vast range of materials, from older generation hydrogel lenses that are ideal for those seeking the benefits of contact lens wear but are on a restricted budget, to more advanced materials that allow high levels of oxygen to the eye making lens wear healthier and more comfortable for longer periods.
We would recommend monthly disposable lenses if…
• you intend on wear lenses full time.
• you currently wear daily disposable lenses, but are seeking a more cost effective solution.
Clariti by Cooper Vision (formerly Sauflon)
Clariti is a family of mid-range, monthly disposable lenses, designed to keep your eyes healthy, clear and comfortable throughout the day.
Clariti are made from a third generation silicone hydrogel material, allowing up to three times more oxygen to the eye than some traditional monthly disposable contact lenses, giving you a more comfortable wearing experience. Clariti lenses also ensure your eyes are protected, thanks to a UV inhibitor that limits harmful UV rays from entering the eyes.
Clariti lenses are perfect for you if you are looking for monthly lenses that offer comfort and precise vision at an affordable price. They are suitable for those needing correction for long and short-sightedness, for astigmatism and for those requiring a multifocal lens design.
Extended wear refers to a group of contact lenses that have been specially designed and licensed to allow continuous wear, day and night, for up to 30 days.
Some people find that, due to a hectic or inconsistent lifestyle, contact lenses are not a practical way to correct their vision. Extended wear lenses overcome this barrier as there is no need to remove your lenses each night and therefore no need for daily cleaning routines. You can simply enjoy clear, comfortable vision, day and night, with no hassle.
There are a number of lenses suitable for extended wear use, ranging from 6 days continuous wear, up to a maximum of 30 days. If you are interested in wearing lenses on an extended wear basis ask your optician, who will be more than happy to discuss the various option available.
Extended wear lenses are available for those needing correction for long and short-sightedness, for astigmatism and for those requiring a multifocal lens design.
It is important to note that not all lenses are suitable for extended wear use and that you should never sleep in your lenses without prior consultation and approval from your optician.
Custom Made Soft Lenses
If you have a high or complex prescription or demanding fitting requirements, wearing ‘off-the-shelf’ contact lenses can often be difficult of simply not an option. If you’ve tried lenses before without success or have previously been told that contact lenses are not an option because of you prescription, then talk to us about our range of custom made lenses.
We work with Mark’ennovy, a contact lens manufacturer specialising in individually made, soft contact lenses, in a near unlimited range of prescription and fitting parameters. In the same way that most people have one hand slightly larger than the other, few people have two eyes that are the same shape. Our custom made lenses allow us to fine tune the fitting of each lens, to eliminate any compromise caused by these normal differences.
We would recommend custom made lenses if:
• you have a strong or complex prescription, as a greater range of prescriptions are available.
• you have previously been told that your prescription is unsuitable for contact lenses.
• you have previously worn contact lenses, but found ‘off-the-shelf’ products failed to give you the comfort or clarity of vision you expect.
Gentle 80 by Mark’ennovy
Gentle 80 is an individually made, monthly disposable family of lenses, made with Ori:gen Technology, a next-generation hydrogel material designed to mimic the surface of the human cornea.
Its high, 80% water content is one of many outstanding characteristics that make Gentle 80 a new standard for all-day comfort, health, and handling in contact lenses. Gentle 80 also benefits from a UV inhibitor that limits harmful UV rays from entering the eye.
Gentle 80 are suitable for virtually all prescriptions, and are available for those needing correction for long and short-sightedness, for astigmatism, for those requiring a multifocal lens and are even available in a toric multifocal design. We are able to correct for prescriptions from -30.00D to +30.00D and up to 8.00D Cyl (correction for astigmatism).
Caring for your lenses
As you know, contact lenses are a great way of correcting your vision and many people would be lost without them.
Following this simple set of guidelines will help to ensure that you can continue wearing lenses for as long as you wish.
- Attend regular contact lens aftercare appointments as advised by your optician
- Thoroughly wash and dry your hands prior to handling lenses.
- Only use the recommended solution and remember to rub and rinse before and after each use.
- Use fresh solution every day to clean and store your lenses.
- Rinse your case with solution and leave to air dry after each use.
- Check the lens is not inside out before applying it to the eye.
- Apply lenses before putting on make-up and remove lenses first before removing make-up.
- Only use lenses and solutions that are recommended by your optician.
- Strictly follow the wear time and replacement frequency as recommended by your optician.
- Replace your lens case at least once a month, or sooner if it gets dirty.
- Have an up to date pair of glasses for occasions when you don’t, or are not able to, wear your lenses.
- Use any water or saliva on your lenses or lens case.
- Use lenses or solutions beyond their expiry date.
- Reuse or top-up solution.
- Insert a lens if it falls on the floor or any other surface before cleaning and storing first and checking for any foreign bodies on the lens.
- Insert a lens if it is dirty or damaged.
- Sleep in your lenses unless specifically advised to by your optician.
- Sleep in any lenses if you are unwell.
- Continue to wear lenses if your eyes don’t look or feel good.
- Wear lenses beyond the recommended replacement frequency.
- Wear lenses for swimming, water sports or in hot tubs without using goggles.
- Wear lenses in the shower unless you keep your eyes firmly closed.
- Use any drops or lens solutions other than those recommended without first consulting your optician.
- Share lenses with someone else.
- Use any lens that has not been recommended and fitted by your optician.
- Wear lenses that have been stored for more than a week without first cleaning and re-storing in fresh solution.
New To Contact Lenses
It’s surprising to learn that fewer than 14% of people in the UK currently wear contact lenses. Many believe that their prescription is not suitable for lenses or are unsure whether they will ever be able to actually get a lens onto the eye.
Modern contact lenses are soft, comfortable and available for most prescriptions. Why not give it a try?
It is not hard to see why millions of people choose contact lenses as a way of correcting their vision, be it the freedom from wearing glasses, enjoying an unobstructed view of the world around them or avoiding the risk of losing or damaging glasses.
These days there are many different types of contact lens meaning that almost anyone, whether you are long or short sighted, need a correction for astigmatism or require multifocal correction, can experience the benefits of wearing contact lenses. We also have lenses to suit all budgets and to fit around how you wish to wear them, be it full-time or just occasional use.
At Clapham Eyecare, our team will be more than happy to give you all the help and advice you need to get started. For those who are unsure if contact lenses are right for them we offer a complimentary contact lens comfort trial or for those who are keen to jump straight in, or have tried before and want to get back into wearing lenses, we can arrange a full contact lens fitting and trial appointment.
Complimentary Contact lens Comfort Trial
Trying contact lenses for the first time can be a little overwhelming, but at Clapham Eyecare we try and make it as easy as possible to experience the benefits of freedom from glasses. For those who are unsure whether contacts are right for them we offer a complimentary contact lens comfort trial. Its an informal visit that gives you the chance to talk with one of our qualified opticians who will explain the options available to you and give you the option to try a pair of lenses so you can see just how comfortable they are.
Its completely free of charge and you are under no obligation to go any further with contact lenses. For more information or to book your free comfort trial call us or book online.
Contact Lens Fitting & Trial
If you are keen to jump straight in and get going with contact lenses you will need to book in for a contact lens fitting and trial appointment. Before we can see you for a fitting and trial you will need to have a full eye examination (or if you have had one in the last 12 months, bring your prescription with you). During the fitting and trial we will take measurements of your eyes, assess suitability for contact lenses, discuss which lens type is best for you and give you some lenses to try. We will also guide you through the process of applying and removing your lenses, as well as how to clean and care for them.
Throughout the entire trial and fitting process you will be seen by one of our qualified opticians and given enough time to learn how to handle contact lenses without feeling rushed or pressured, even if this requires further appointments. A full contact lens fitting & trial costs just £30, which includes the initial appointment with full lens care and handling tuition, a follow up appointment a week or two later and complimentary trial lenses. Throughout all stages of your fitting and trial you will be cared for by one of our qualified optometrists or contact lens opticians.
For more information or to book your contact lens fitting & trial call us or book online.
Children And Contact Lenses
As with adults there are many reasons why you should consider contact lenses as an option for correcting your child’s vision. There is no medical reason why children and teenagers can not wear contact lenses as well as their glasses, as long as they are able to use them correctly.
Contact Lenses For Children
Contact lenses can be a great option for children and with no minimum age required to start wearing lenses it is possible to start wearing lenses at a young age, although successful lens wear does depend on the maturity, responsibility and attitude of the individual.
Whether you and your child are considering lenses for occasional use, for sports or other physical activities, or on a full time basis as an alternative to glasses we offer a great range of lenses with benefits that are particularly useful for children, including:
• Lenses that include protection from the damaging effects of UV light.
• Daily disposable lenses, giving you a fresh pair of lenses every day, which is good when cleaning regimes may not be closely followed by children.
• Clear vision when playing sports without the risks of glasses falling off or getting broken.
Contact lenses are also a great option for children who are self-conscious about their appearance with glasses, especially with a high prescription that makes their lenses look thick. A child’s confidence is closely linked to their appearance and if they don’t like how they look in glasses it can affect their personality or how they perform at school. Contact lenses can have a positive effect on you child’s development and academic performance.
To find out more about contact lenses for children why not arrange an appointment for a free contact lens comfort trial so your child can touch a lens to see how soft it is and see how comfortable they feel on the eye. It’s free of charge and there is no obligation. Call us or book online.
Myths And Facts
There are many myths about contact lenses that we frequently hear, some of which put many people off of trying contact lenses altogether.
Here we reveal the truth behind some common contact lens myths.
Myth: Contact lenses can get lost behind your eye
Fact: A thin membrane covers the eye that connects to the inside of the eyelids that makes it impossible for a contact lens to go ‘behind’ your eye. On rare occasions, usually if you rub your eyes, lenses can move and get caught under the eyelids, but can easily be found and repositioned.
Myth: Contact lenses are painful or uncomfortable
Fact: Modern soft contact lens materials are very comfortable, resistant to drying and take little time to get used to wearing.
Myth: Contact lenses can get stuck to your eye
Fact: Contact lenses stay on the eye due to weak surface tension between the lens and your eye. As such lenses are easily removed, but getting the technique right can take a little practice. We will make sure you are confident in doing this before giving you lenses to try at home.
Myth: I can’t wear contact lenses because my prescription is too complicated
Fact: While it’s true that the stronger your prescription the harder it can be find suitable lenses, with our custom made lenses we are able to correct prescriptions from -30.00D to +30.00D and up to 8.00D of cyl power. And we are yet to see anyone with this level of correction!
Myth: Contact lenses can easily fall out and get lost
Fact: With proper product selection and fitting, lenses should remain in place until being removed. If you find your lenses do regularly come out unexpectedly we may need to refit you with a more appropriate lens that fits better.
Myth: Eye infections are common when wearing contact lenses
Fact: It is true that some health conditions are related to contact lens wear, but these are nearly always due to poor cleaning or wear routines. Following the advice given to you by your optician will greatly reduce the risk of infection.
Myth: I need reading glasses so I can’t wear contact lenses
Fact: Advances in the way lenses are designed and made means that we are now able to offer bifocal and multifocal contact lenses or use regular lenses for mono vision, so even if you only need correction for near vision, contact lenses are a great option to consider.
Myth: You can’t wear contact lenses for astigmatism
Fact: All major manufacturers now offer lenses to correct astigmatism and advances in technology are allowing us to correct higher levels of astigmatism with greater chance of success.
Myth: Contact lenses aren’t suitable for children and teenagers
Fact: We have many teenagers and young children wearing contact lenses. There is no minimum age for contact lens wear and successful lens wear has more to do with responsibility and attitude than it does with age.
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