Contact Lenses are one of the miracles of modern technology. Today, more than three million people in the UK enjoy the clear, natural and unobstructed vision offered by contact lenses.
At First Contact Opticians we offer the use of contact lenses to all of our clinically suitable patients. Our aim is to provide you with the best contact lenses and professional care to maintain and preserve the health of your eyes. In this manner we can ensure that you can continue to use contact lenses until you decide to change your preference.
New lens designs and materials, as well as advanced care products now make contact lenses easier and more comfortable to wear than ever before. They offer freedom from wearing glasses in daily life, when playing sport, or for that important social occasion, and can bring particular benefits for individuals with stronger vision correction requirements.
Are contact lenses right for me?
Major advances in contact lens design mean that almost everyone can wear contact lenses successfully nowadays. People of all ages can be fitted, although special care is needed for the very young
Common eyesight defects,such as short-sightedness and long-sightedness,are easily corrected with contact lenses, but now conditions such as astigmatism and presbyopia can also be treated very effectively with contact lenses.
In the past, people with astigmatism, a condition in which the eye is irregularly shaped causing distorted vision, were restricted to wearing glasses. But today’s ‘toric’ contact lenses can be custom made for each individual to provide clear vision. Presbyopia, the ageing of the eye’s lens which progressively affects everyone over the age of about 40, makes it difficult to shift focus between near and distant objects. This condition can also be corrected with bifocal contact lenses which provide clear distance and near vision.
As contact lenses are worn next to the eye, there is nothing to obstruct your peripheral vision in the way that spectacle frames can. Also, the lenses move with your eye, meaning that you are always looking through the centre of the lens, where vision is best. In the majority of cases, people actually see better with contact lenses than they would with glasses.
What should I do if I want to try contact lenses?
Before you can wear contact lenses you must have your eyes fully examined. Samir, our resident Optometrist will conduct a thorough examination, assessing the health of your eyes and your prescription. These are the first tests that need to be done in order to fit your contact lenses.
Following on from this you will be seen by Shelly, our contact lens practitioner. He will carry out further tests to determine your suitability for contact lens wear. He will look at your tears – needed for lubrication of contact lenses Then, the curvature and diameter of the cornea at the front of your eye will be measured, together with the size of your pupils and the positions of your eyelids.
Based on this information, Shelly will be able to advise you about the most suitable contact lenses.
Are contact lenses difficult to insert and remove?
No. Many people are worried about putting a lens in for the first time, but simple techniques have been developed which make insertion and removal of contact lenses quite easy. Once the fitting has been completed, either Shelly or Rakhi will sit with you and spend time you to teach you the correct techniques. Working with you step-by-step they will help build your confidence and have you wearing lenses in no time.