The use of contact lenses has increased dramatically over the past few years. New developments in manufacturing techniques and the introduction of new materials have made contact lenses more popular than they ever have been. For those who don't like wearing spectacles, contact lenses are now a viable option for people of all ages.
Modern lenses are convenient and much easier to wear than many new wearers expect. Now that most manufacturers now make disposable daily-wear lenses, Contact lenses are now an option for the busiest of people
- simply wear them for a day and throw them away. Or maybe the idea of extended-wear lenses sounds appealing - put them in and forget about them for up to 30 days!
Advances in soft toric contact lenses mean that many people who have astigmatism now have the option of wearing contact lenses. Previously astigmatism could only be corrected with hard or gas-permeable lenses. The same is true for those of us who need a reading prescription; bifocal and progressive powered contact lenses are now available in both soft and gas-permeable materials.
As independent opticians we are not tied to any particular suppliers and can advise upon the best lenses from the many types available from the various manufacturers globally; not just from UK laboratories.
Contact lenses must be cared for correctly in order to ensure the best vision and the safety of your eyes. Many people think that caring for contact lenses is time-consuming and complicated. Whilst this may have been true in the past, there are many contact lens care systems now that are extremely safe and easy to use. Again, there are many different types of cleaning systems, and we advise the best type on an individual basis.
Of course the most important aspect of contact lens wear is to look after the health of your eyes. Regular checks by a qualified optician are an absolute necessity to ensure that your eyes are as healthy as they should be, and that a change to a different type of lens, or prescription is not required.