New to Contact Lenses? Want to try contact lenses but don’t know where to start?

All you need to do is book a consultation with us. The consultation includes an eye health check, a discussion on lens types and suitability, a wear and care teach and an in-store trial of your chosen lens.

If you have already had an eye test recently, you do not need another, and you can just fast forward to the contact lenses consultation part of the process.

You may be unsure as to whether you will enjoy wearing our contact lenses. To assure you, once you’ve had your assessment and have decided on which lens is right for you, we’ll give you one pair of monthly contact lenses or five pairs of daily disposable contact lenses to try, free. It’s just one more way of ensuring that you and your lenses get along perfectly.

Can I get contact lenses without a consultation?

By law, you must have a signed and dated valid contact lens prescription in order to buy contact lenses. If you had your eyes checked recently, we can obtain this from your original optician. Otherwise, we are happy to provide the consultation for you.

Single vision lenses

A single vision lens has one prescription over the entire surface. These can correct near distance or far.

When choosing which single vision lenses to go for, our experts will discuss the following features with you:

  • Fields of vision: You will choose how wide you would like the prescription to run across the surface of the lenses, the widest offering you the best field of vision to the very edge of the lens.
  • Thinness: Depending on your prescription, the lense thickness can vary. Thickers lenses can limit your choice of frames, as well look less appealing aesthetically. You can choose to go for thinner and lighter lenses, solving the limitations faced by higher prescriptions.
  • Transition: You can choose to have lenses which react in sunlight to go darker allowing you to use your glasses all seasons. You can choose how fast they react and what color they react into.
  • Coatings: You can choose to protect your eyes from UV rays and blue rays and prevent from early onset of related eye diseases.
    If you require both reading and distance glasses, we can offer you two separate pairs. However, we would recommend that varifocals would be a more convenient and aesthetically pleasing option for you.

Trouble-Shooting

My eye feels uncomfortable, what do I do?

Stay very calm and gently slide the lens off-centre, blink and allow it to slide back into place. If it is still uncomfortable, remove the lens.
Rinse the removed lens thoroughly with saline or a solution as would have been recommended by your optician.
There are a few common reasons which could explain why the lens felt uncomfortable:

  1. the lens was inside out.
  2. if your vision is the issue, check that the lens hasn’t fallen out accidentally by teaching your cheek, face and cloth in front of you.

Tips

* Always carry your lens case filled with fresh soaking solution or saline unless you wear daily disposable lenses. This allows you to clean them on the go if need be.
* Keep your spectacles with you at all times.
* Never sleep in contact lenses, unless your optician has said this is ok for you to do.

How to remove contact lenses

* Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
* If you use a contact lens case ensure that it is clean and contains fresh solution or saline. Do not use tap water to clean lenses.

Essentially, you have to pinch the contact lens off of your eye

* Place your first finger and your thumb on opposite sides of the contact lens and gently slide it downwards so it moves to the white of the eye.
* Pinch the lens gently off the eye. you want to try not to squeeze the lens harder than necessary.
* If you notice the lens sticks together and remains stuck and folded – immerse it in the case to rehydrate. After a few minutes try to unfold it.
* Clean the lens as you normally do.

The contact lens won’t come out.
Seek help with your preferred optician or A&E.