Contact lenses are a fantastic alternative to wearing glasses. Some people want contacts for sport, hobbies, special occasions, going out or just to avoid the hassle of glasses. We have access to a wide range of contact lens options, brands and materials with a solution for every eye.
Do you wear multifocals or bifocals? Did you know that you can have this reading prescription incorporated into your contact lenses? Many people think that contact lenses are only good for distance vision but there are fantastic new technologies that allow you to regain your reading skills while maintaining clear distance vision. All without the need for glasses.
Children are often quite tough on their glasses and they can be impractical for many sports and hobbies. In many cases children can wear contact lenses at a younger age than their parents might expect.
If you have any questions about contact lenses and how well they would work for you, than book an appointment and we can discuss your options.
General Rules for Contact Lenses
- Always wash your hands before inserting and removing your lenses.
- Never rinse your lenses with anything but contact lens solution (no tap water).
- Never wear your lenses in warm water (eg spas).
- If you feel sick (cold, hayfever, etc) don't wear your contact lenses.
- Never sleep in your contact lenses unless specifically instructed to by your optometrist.
- Even if you wear your contacts lenses every day, you must have spare glasses for emergencies.
Inserting Contact Lenses
- Wash your hands.
- Check that the lens is the correct way around (bowl or saucer test).
- Look for any nicks, tears, or debris on the lens
- Place the contact lens on the pointer finger of your dominant hand.
- Reach over your head with the other hand and lift up your top eyelid firmly.
- Stare at your own eye in the mirror and slowly bring your finger toward the coloured part of your eye. Do not look away or blink. Aim for the very middle of your eye. It sometimes helps to open your mouth slightly as you do this.
- Remove your pointer finger, let go of your bottom lid, and finally slowly let go of your top eyelid.
- Look up, down, and side-to-side.
- If the lens feels uncomfortable remove, rinse, check if it is inside-out, and re-insert.
Removing Contact Lenses
- Wash your hands.
- Reach your non-dominant hand over your head and hold up your top eyelid.
- Use the middle finger of your dominant hand to pull down your bottom eyelid.
- Place your pointer finger on the middle of the lens and drag it onto the white of the eye, either straight down or sideways towards your ear.
- Keep your middle finger on the lens and, using your thumb, pinch the edges of the lens together.
- Discard or wash the lens as instructed.
- If you're not sure if the lens has come out, check your vision by covering the other eye before trying again.
Cleaning Contact LensesOnly use the cleaning solution recommended by your optometrist. Different brands may not be compatible with your lenses. NEVER use tap water on your lenses, the chemicals and contaminants can cause serious damage to your eyes.
Your lenses must be cleaned every time you remove them from your eyes. The below are instructions for multipurpose contact lens solutions only, not hydrogen peroxide solutions.
- Remove the lens and place it in the palm of your hand.
- Add a few drops of cleaning solution and rub both the inside and outside of the lens for one minute.
- Rinse gently with cleaning solution.
- Fill the contact lens storage container with new solution (never reuse), fasten the caps tightly, and leave the lenses to soak overnight.
- In the morning the lenses may be removed and immediately inserted into the eye.
- Tip out the used solution and rinse both the lids and the container with cleaning solution and leave to dry through the day.
- Contact lens cases must be replaced every three months.