|Why Wear Contact Lenses?
|Types of Contact Lenses
|Cost & Procedure
|Contact Lens Data Sheets
Wearing contact lenses means you don't have to wear glasses. They will give you the freedom that a person with perfect vision would have. With the contact lens being placed on your eye you get the perherial vision that glasses cannot provide. This makes contact lenses ideal for sports and activities where wearing glasses is impossible or dangerous.
Some people don't want to wear glasses for cosmetic reasons so contact lenses is their preferred option. However, it is always a good idea to have a pair of glasses for emergencies and for the health of your eyes. Wearing contact lenses all the time reduces the amount of oxygen to your eyes and can be harmful, so it is also important to give your eyes a rest.
Unfortunately, not everyone can wear contact lenses because of a disease or an irregularity with their eye. Please check with our optometrist to see if contact lenses are a viable option for you.
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Contact lenses come in a range of different types to suit you and your lifestyle. Our qualified optometrists will help you decide which are the most suitable contact lenses for you. Contact lens technology is improving all the time, so it is important that you maintain regular contact with Focal Point so that you get the best available contact lenses.
Disposable lenses are designed to be worn for a limited time and then discarded. Disposables have a replacement schedule which can range from 1 day to 3 months depending on how well they are taken care of and the environment in which they are worn. Disposable lenses are more comfortable and easy to maintain because they are used till the replacement time and just thrown away.
- No build up of deposits, because of the short life span of the lens
- Reduced risk of inflammation
- Spare lenses are readily available
- Cost of replacement less, if lost or damaged
- Less time and effort required with cleaning of lenses
- Good for contact sports or where risk of losing them is higher than normal
- Increased cost on an annual basis
- Can be more difficult to handle
- Unable to fit all people due to eye shape or condition
- A subset of soft contact lenses
- Good initial comfort
- Fewer problems with wind, dust and glare
- Suitable for contact sports
- Good for intermittent wear
- No blur when wearing spectacles following removal of contact lenses
- Less likely to be lost
- Lenses will usually last 1-2 years (not an implied guarantee)
A percentage of the lens is composed of water (between 38-74%), Being a larger size than a RGP contact lens, the soft contact lens has an approximate diameter of 14mm.
- Lens cleaning takes more time, and is essential
- More prone to deposits
- Lenses tend to dehydrate easier, i.e. with concentrated tasks e.g. VDU
- Easier to rip, split or damage
- More likely to encounter problems with long-term wear.
- Have a diameter of approximately 9 to 9.5mm, and are available in a wide range of gas permeable materials.
- Good vision
- Ease of maintenance
- Few solution allergies
- Good for long-term health of eye
- Lenses tend to last longer(up to five years)
- Intially less comfortable and longer adaption time
- More problems with wind, dust and glare
- Easier to lose
- Not usually compatible with spectacle wear, as you may experience blurring of vision with glasses for a period of time after removal of the lens
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At Focal Point we stock a complete range of solutions and products for your contact lenses. We suggest using the solutions that were recommended to you by your optometrist. If you wish to change the brand of your solution, check with our optometrist before doing so. This is necessary to check the compatibilty with your eyes and contact lenses.
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The fee for fitting contact lenses varies due to the type of lens, but the following appointments are necessary for each lens type and are included in the initial starting cost.
1. GENERAL EYE EXAM
Includes checking the prescription and health of the eyes, some contact lens measurements and a general 'chat' about contact lenses.
2. TOLERANCE TEST (or Contact Lens Fitting)
This requires two appointments, several hours apart. During the first of the appointments contact lenses (based on earlier measurements) are placed on the eyes. When the eyes have 'settled' the fit of the lenses is evaluated. If the lenses fit satisfactorily they remain on the eyes until the second appointment. Here the longer term fit and the final prescription is decided.
3. CONTACT LENS DISPENSE
The insertion and removal, cleaning, care and the handling of the lenses is demonstrated. When you are proficent at this you will take the lenses home.
4. AFTERCARES (or Check-ups)
These appointments are complusory and very important to maintain the health of your eyes. They are also designed to check that you are coping with your contact lenses and if there are any problems they are dealt with. There will be two scheduled aftercare appointments, at two and six weeks after collection. However, if you are having problems, then all additional aftercares are included in the starting package for up tp three months from the collection date.
A starter kit of contact lens solutions and cleaners.
The sheets below are a guide only. For more personal and professional service please come instore and discuss your requirements.
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