Contact lens wear is easier and safer than ever before. Many concerns are based on urban myths – let us help dispel some of those myths.
I’ve been told that I can’t wear contact lenses
Contact lens technology is constantly changing, so many people who have previously been told that there are eyes are not suitable for contact lenses , are now enjoying their benefits. We have access to the vast majority of contact lenses available today, so if you have previously been put off contact lenses, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
I can’t wear contact censes as I have astigmatism
Most people have astigmastism to a greater or lesser extent. Astigmatism is when the shape of the eye is more like a rugby ball than a spherical football, causing horizontal and vertical lines to be focussed differently. Astigmatism can be corrected by either special ‘toric’ soft lenses, or by rigid gas permeable lenses. With advances in these fields, there is a lens available for most people.
I can’t wear lenses as my eyes are still changing
There is no reason why people whose eyes are changing should not wear contact lenses. With frequent replacement contact lenses, there is no extra charges involved if your prescription changes.
Can they get lost behind my eyes?
This is the most common misbelief of all, but is fortunately not true. It is impossible for anything to go behind the eye, the worst that can happen is that the lens could be dislodged and go under the top eyelid. We are always on hand to offer advice and assistance should you experience any difficulties.
I’m worried about getting them in and out
Putting contact lenses in or out is an easily learned technique, and instruction on this is included within our fitting fee. We are happy to spend as long as it takes to help you feel at ease handling your contact lenses.
Am I too old (or young) for contact lenses?
There isn’t any age restrictions on when to start, or stop, contact lens wear. For children, the decision is best to be made jointly with parents, child and optometrist, but can start from suprisingly young ages in the right child.
For adults, contact lens wear can start at almost any age, and we have people happily wearing their contact lenses into their 80s.
I wear bifocals or contact lenses. Can I still wear contact lenses?
Yes. We have many people happily wearing contact lenses who otherwise would need bifocals or varifocals. This is achieved via one of three methods.
- The simplest method is to have contact lenses to correct your distance vision, and a pair of light weight reading glasses to wear over the top as required.
- Secondly, a technique called monovision can be used where one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye for near vision. The brain adapts to this vision, and seamlessly corrects both distance and near vision.
- The final method is to use multifocal contact lenses which can be extremely successful. These blend both distance and near focusses into one lens so you can experience clear distance and near vision within one lens.
The best choice of these methods will be discussed with you during your appointment.
Are contact lenses difficult to look after?
Modern contact lens solutions are very effective and are usually an all-in-one solution, meaning you do not need separate cleaning and storage solutions. Daily lenses are thrown away at the end of the day – so no cleaning!
Do I need to see an optometrist to get contact lenses?
Yes. Contact lenses as a medical device as there are inherent risks in wearing them. To make sure you experience safe and comfortable lens wear you need to be up to date with your eye examinations, and go through a professional contact lens fitting.
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