Contact Lenses

About Contact Lenses

Contact lenses offer some significant advantages over spectacles because they fit on the eye. Cosmetically they are excellent as they can hardly be seen without close inspection. They cause very little of the visual distortion which may be experienced by wearers of high prescription spectacle lenses. In general terms the higher the spectacle strength the greater the optical benefit from wearing contact lenses.

Who can wear contacts?

Most people can be fitted with contact lenses, whether it is to correct short or long sight or simply to enjoy wearing them while taking part in sports. Many people can wear multifocal contact lenses so that they do not have to wear reading glasses as they get older. To find out more about contact lenses take a look at the Types of Lenses, Contact Lens Tests and Care and Contact Lenses for Sports sections of this page. If you would like more information or would like to book a contact lens appointment at Enderbys please contact us.

Types of Contact Lens

Contact lenses are divided into two main categories Soft and Hard. Soft Lenses are the most commonly fitted contact lenses. They are comfortable to wear , easy to handle and can be worn occasionally or regularly depending on your wishes. They can correct myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism and are also available to help with presbyopia. These are all common conditions. Soft lenses are usually supplied on a ‘planned replacement’ basis because they get dirty while they are being worn and if they are not replaced frequently they do not perform as well and may cause problems. Hard Lenses and more recently gas permeable lenses, which allow a better supply of oxygen to the eye, were more popular before the arrival of the excellent soft lenses which are now available. Hard lenses correct the same conditions as soft lenses and because they can be cleaned more effectively they do not need to be replaced as often as soft lenses. However some people do not find the material as comfortable to wear as soft lenses. Hard gas permeable lenses are usually fitted to the cornea, the clear area at the front of the eye, and are free to move within that area. There are other hard lenses, scleral lenses, which fit over the whole of the front surface of the eye and under the lids. Scleral lenses are most commonly used for conditions which are managed in a hospital situation. Soft lenses and hard gas-permeable lenses also play a valuable part in the management of some abnormal conditions. If you would like to know more about contact lenses or would be interested in a contact lens trial feel free to contact us.

Contact Lenses for Sports

Spectacles are suitable for some sports, such as golf, tennis or shooting, but totally unsuited for sports such as football, rugby or judo. Contact lenses are ideal for most sports because they provide vision correction without the risk of falling off, steaming up or breaking. They are unaffected by rain and are ideal for physical contact sports. Daily disposable soft contact lenses can be worn on an occasional basis, for instance once a week, or more often if you wish. If you are a keen sports enthusiast but you find your vision is causing you a problem come and see us for a contact lens trial. Contact Enderbys for more information about contact lenses and contact lens trials.

Contact Lens Tests and Care

Contact lenses fit on the surface of the eye and interact with the tear layer and lid surfaces. They need to be checked regularly to see that the delicate balance between function and eye health is maintained. A contact lens aftercare appointment provides the opportunity to check that the lens powers are correct and that they are delivering excellent vision. The fit of the lenses can be assessed and modified if necessary. The condition of the eye surface, tear layer and eyelids can be observed and taken into consideration when judging the acceptability of the current lens fit. Contact lens wearers also need all the regular checks that spectacle wearers require to ensure that their eyes are healthy and that their spectacles are adequate for their needs if contact lenses can not be worn for any reason. If the contact lenses are satisfactory then the next aftercare appointment can be scheduled at the appropriate interval. If changes need to be made, either to the lens fit or the contact lens solutions, we can discuss this during your appointment. It may be possible to take advantage of new developments. To book a contact lens aftercare appointment or to trial contact lenses for the first time please contact us.