Wouldn’t it be nice not to wear glasses all the time!

Have you ever thought wouldn’t it be nice to see without my glasses on?  Has it been that rainy day on the golf course when the rain drops have smeared the lenses in your glasses, or what about the day your daughter gets married and you want to look your best and not have to worry about getting your glasses out of your pocket to read your speech?  Possibly your job doesn’t practically allow you to use your varifocals properly without getting neck ache, are you a mechanic who has to get under car engines and you can’t get your head in the right position to see the engine parts correctly, or a librarian who has to look at shelves above their head.  Maybe there is a solution to these problems, have you ever thought of contact lenses?


Contact lenses are a thin lens which sits right on the eye.  They allow you to use all of your peripheral vision without spectacle frames and distortions from the spectacle lens getting in the way.  Contact lenses can correct the majority of prescriptions including long sightedness, short sightedness, astigmatism (rugby ball shaped eyes) and those that need two different prescriptions to correct there distance and reading vision (the aging eye).

There are two main types of contact lenses fitted in optometric practice; these are soft and rigid gas permeable (hard).

Soft contact lenses come in two main types, daily or monthly disposable lenses and these are extremely comfortable.  Daily disposable contact lenses are one wear only contact lens, so you place them in your eye in the morning and throw them in the bin at night.  These are great for those who want to wear contact lenses for sport, social occasions or for those who want the convenience of lens wear without the cleaning.

Soft monthly lenses are a contact lens which you can wear for a month taking them out each evening to clean and soak overnight in a lens case.  They tend to be a slightly cheaper option compared to wearing daily disposable lenses every day and they are usually available on a monthly direct debit scheme, which includes your lens cleaning solution and the contact lens aftercare appointments.

Rigid gas permeable lenses are made form a harder material than a soft lens, and can therefore be a little more uncomfortable than soft lenses initially. Rigid lenses need to be worn for a few hours a day building up to a full days wear after about a fortnight. These lenses tend to give you better clarity of vision especially if you have astigmatism.  They also let all the oxygen to your eye and if looked after and cleaned properly they can last up to two years.

It is important to follow the guidelines given by your optometrist on hygiene and cleaning your contact lenses to reduce the small risks of infection associated with them.

If you would like contact lenses for sport, a daily or monthly disposable lens might be a good option as they don’t move about on the eye as much as hard lenses, but if you have a complicated prescription or want the best clarity of vision a rigid gas permeable lens might be best for you. Wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you can throw your spectacles in the bin, you will always need a pair of up to date spectacles because you can’t wear your contact lenses twenty four seven and if you do get an eye infection you need to be able to see clearly to carry out everyday tasks like driving.  You will also need to visit your optometrist for regular aftercare appointments to make sure your eyes stay healthy and your vision is corrected properly.  If you think contact lenses might be for you visit your optometrist, they will examine your eyes, discuss all the options available and together you will find a contact lens which suits your needs.  Go on try contact lenses today they might give you the flexibility you have been looking for.!



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