Contact lenses can provide complete flexibility – wear them every day or just occasionally. Choose from a number of different replacement options such as monthly, 2 weekly and daily replacement. Choose a pay for lenses on direct debit or as and when you you decide to order.
Lens Replacement Options
Total Flexibility Suited to Your Lifestyle
Occasional Wear or Everyday?
The latest generation of daily disposables are ideal for people thinking about wearing contact lenses a few days a week. They’re ideal for people wanting to wear contact lenses for sports, special occasions or just for weekends. As a general rule if you’re wearing lenses for 3 days a week or less then you’re better off with daily lenses. If you’re wearing contact lenses for more than 3 days you’ll get better value for money with 2 weekly or monthly replacement lenses. However, it means that you’ll need to use disinfecting solutions every day to keep your lenses clean and safe to wear.
Fresh is Best!
When we think of eye health and contact lenses there are two main factors that you should think about.
- Compliance – if your using reusable lenses (like 2 weekly and monthly lenses, ALWAYS replace them on time and ALWAYS use recommended solutions.
- NEVER use tap water – on your lenses and don’t swim in your contact lenses.
Take a look at the video, it explains what happens to your eyes when you over wear lenses.
The office is a challenging environment for several reasons.
- The Computer Screen. Blinking is reduced by a factor of 5 times when you perform tasks like working on a computer and drive. Blinking is important to keep the eye lubricated and the contact lens surface moist. If there is reduced blinking – particularly with a contact lens, your lenses can become progressively uncomfortable and deposited, leaving your eyes looking red.
- Environment. The office environment is typically air conditioned and has little fresh air. The air is therefore less humid and again not ideal for standard contact lens wear.
What Should You Do?
If you suffer from increasingly uncomfortable lenses in the office we recommend:
- Visit us for an appointment so we can establish the quality of your tear film.
- We’ll recommend a lens material that will improve comfort (there are some really good 2 weekly lenses that will achieve this).
- Alternatively, if your lenses are depositing, we’ll recommend a daily disposable with the right quality material.
- As a general rule, it’s important to have moisture embedded into the lens material and a lens that has a ultra smooth surface.
Today’s busy work life balance means we demand more from our eyes. More because we spend increased time looking at computer screens, TV, driving and the odd night out. If this sounds like you, you need a contact lens that’s able to provide exception comfort and great vision for the whole day and well into the night. There are 3 main factors to look for in a contact lens if its going to be stay the course of a long day:
- Oxygen transmission
- Moisture retaining material
- Smooth surface
- Soft, cushion-like material quality
These factors are explained in this great video on the right, please take a look!
Contact lenses can be worn at pretty much as soon as a child is responsible enough to apply and remove contact lenses. In many cases this can be as young as 8 years of age.
There are number of reasons why children will benefit from contact lenses:
- Sport: performance will excel in contacts – specs can’t get in the way!.
- Confidence: as soon as children go into contact lenses their confidence grows.
- Greater ‘acceptance’ amongst their friends.
- Greater independence.
Care At EYETECH
No-one at EYETECH is just ‘given’ contact lenses. After a comprehensive suitability assessment and trial we spend time showing patients how to apply and remove lenses and look after them. In the case of children, we normally advise starting part-time wear. We don’t encourage children to think of contact lenses as a replacement for glasses – we want children to feel confident in both glasses and contacts and learn to enjoy their new-found freedom of choice.
Once we’ve confirmed suitability, we follow-up patients for regular check-ups to ensure their eyes are healthy and that their needs have not changed. Contact lens manufacturers also make continual innovations in contact lenses, so each follow-on visit is also an opportunity to advise you on what’s best for you or your child.
Effects of U.V on the Eyes
- Ageing of skin around the eyes
- Age related macular degeneration
In order to reduce the effects of U.V on your eyes start protecting your eyes from a YOUNG age. If you have children, make sure they’re protected as soon as they start playing outdoors.
Take a look at this animation on U.V and eye protection.
We always recommend fitting children with Johnson & Johnson brand contact lenses as they offer the highest degree of U.V. protection compared to any other lens (some manufacturers actually don’t have ANY U.V. protection in their contact lenses).
- Wear a brimmed hat and
- Contact lenses (Johnson & Johnson)
- Wide, wrap-around optical grade U.V. protecting sunglasses
When you’re new to contact lenses, it’s totally normal to feel a little worried! However, with a little practice, most people can do it even without a mirror! The secret is patience and to strictly follow a few simple steps. Watch these great videos to see how to put lenses in and take them out of your eyes.
What is Astigmatism?
Basically, astigmatism is simply another type of optical prescription that causes your vision to be blurred. Astigmatism causes a blur for distance and near vision and can also occur with on in its own, with shortsightedness (myopia) or with longsightedness (hyperopia).
Toric Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses that correct astigmatism are known as toric contact lenses. There are number of different types each with a unique method of correcting your eye’s astigmatism. Modern toric contact lenses are a vast improvement on older designs which were not as comfortable or would not provide clear, stable vision.
Toric lenses are available as daily, 2 weekly and monthly replacement and in the latest contact lens materials.
What is Presbyopia?
Presbyopia occurs after the age of 40, when the lens in our eyes loses its ability to change shape. It results in blurry vision when you try to read. In order to make vision clear, reading glasses or varifocal (multifocal) spectacles are prescribed.
Many contact lens wearers think they have to wear reading glasses to make near vision clearer, although this is one solution, another is to have multifocal contact lenses. There are a number of different designs so if you’ve tried one design without success, you should always try another.
Multifocal Contacts at EYETECH
At EYETECH we offer an extended contact lens fitting service that allows patients to evaluate different designs in their environment. Our practitioners have considerable experience in fitting soft and rigid multifocal lenses. Multifocal contacts are available in daily, 2 weekly and monthly disposable lenses or as annual replacement rigid lenses.