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Contact Lenses

Wanting freedom from your glasses? With advances in technology contact lenses have never been so popular and affordable. At Curtis Opticians we provide a comprehensive contact lens consultation which includes a FREE contact lens trial and an ongoing aftercare service. During the consultation one of our experienced optometrist will discuss the types of lenses to suit your lifestyle and vision needs, whether you want to wear them full time or occasionally for sport or socialising. One of our trained staff will show you how to handle and look after your new contact lenses so that you are confident before leaving. Contact lenses can be home delivered and a payment plan structured to suit you. Unlike some companies there is no obligation on how many month supplies you purchase at a time. Many types as lenses are available to suit every lifestyle and age. These include daily, monthly, hard, toric, multifocal and coloured.

Daily disposable contact lenses
Daily disposable lenses are very popular for those who have a busy lifestyle, for occasional wear or those who want to wear full time without the hassle of cleaning. Just simply throw them away at the end of each day. Dailies will be recommended if you suffer from allergies or work in a dusty environment. The new 1-Day Acuvue TruEye offers high oxygen delivery (almost 100%) and UV protection for those who want the best from their lenses and keep their eyes white and healthy.
Available to correct astigmatism or as coloured

Extended wear contact lenses
Extended wear are the most flexible lens. Due to their very high oxygen transmissibility they can be worn as monthly disposable, removing each night or can be slept in for 30 days continuous for those who want to wake with clear vision.

2 Weekly disposable lenses
These lenses are replaced every 2 weeks with removal at the end of each day. They are ideal for patients who are prone to the build-up of proteins on their lenses or experience discomfort nearing the end of 30 day wear. Due to their material and surface treatment, these lenses are ultra-smooth and wettable therefore providing relief for tired and dry eyes caused by certain working environments.

Toric contact lenses
A majority of the population have a degree of astigmatism. This is caused by the irregular shape of the front of the eye. With innovative technology these lenses can now provide excellent vision and comfort for a range of spectacle corrections. They are available as daily disposable or monthly disposables.

Multifocal contact lenses
Ideal for those who are finding small print difficult with their current lenses or would like a change from wearing varifocals. Multifocal contact lenses gives clear vision in the distance and for reading for those presbyopic patients by providing variable powers throughout the contact lens.  Another technique to correct early presbyopia is Monovision. This involves prescribing one lens for distance and another for reading. The brain interprets the clearest picture.

Coloured contact lenses
For those who want to change or enhance the colour of their eyes even if their eyesight is perfect. They are suitable for dark and light eyes with many colours available to suit your every mood. Available as monthly or daily disposable.

Why does the cornea require Oxygen?
The cornea is the transparent window at the front of the eye. For the tissues to stay transparent and healthy without a blood supply it is important that the cornea receives a sufficient oxygen supply from the air. Some contact lenses limit the amount of oxygen available if over worn which can cause the cornea to become less transparent increasing the risk of infections and encouraging the growth of new blood vessels.

Will I be able to wear contact lenses?
Advance in lens technology and new materials mean almost anyone who wears glasses can wear contact lenses.

I don’t wear my glasses all the time – can I still try contact lenses?
Contact lenses can be worn on a part time basis, and are ideal for occasional activities such as sports or leisure.

Should I still keep my glasses?
Contact lens wears are required to have glasses before lenses can be supplied. Most people like to keep a pair of glasses as well as their contact lenses to give them complete freedom of choice or for emergencies.

I have astigmatism, can I wear contact lenses?
Many contact lenses are available to correct astigmatism. We are able to advise you on the most suitable solution.

I wear varifocals glasses, can I still wear contact lenses?
If you require glasses to see in the distance and to read this should not prevent or stop you from wearing contact lenses. There are several types of multifocal and bifocal contact lenses available.

Are they difficult to put in and take out?
With patients and one of our trained staff teaching you how to handle and look after your lenses you will soon be very confident.

Are they comfortable to wear?
With advanced manufacturing technology contact lenses are being produced with new materials to increase your comfort.

Can I sleep in contact lenses?
Some lenses are designed so that they may be worn overnight. These are made from silicon hydrogel, which allow large amounts of oxygen to reach the eye, allowing it to breathe. Please ask your optician on the suitability of your lenses for overnight wear.

Do I need to clean them?
Daily contact lenses are thrown away at the end of each day therefore no cleaning is necessary. Monthly disposables require daily cleaning and disposal after 30days.

Can contact lenses get lost in the eye?
Once the contact has been inserted they should stay in place. Occasionally on rubbing the eye the contact lens may be accidently removed. Contact lenses cannot be lost behind the eye – a membrane called the conjunctiva prevents this from occurring.

Advice for safe contact lens wear
1. Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses. This reduces the risk of any infections.
2. Keep finger nails short.
3. Always check the lenses for chips or cracks. Do not insert if any defects are noticed.
4. Do not insert your lenses if your eyes are red, irritated or painful. Contact your optician immediately.
5. If the lens falls on the floor bin it.
6. Do not use tap water to rinse your contact lenses - this increases the risk of a serious eye infection.
7. Use only the solution advised by your optician.
8. Follow the opticians wearing schedule.
9. Apply make up after insertion.

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