Whether you just want daily disposable contact lenses for occasional use or custom made silicon hydrogel lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses, we can look after all your contact lens fitting requirements.
All contact lens fitting and advice is provided by an experienced and qualified Optometrist, who, instead of an assistant or trainee, will also instruct you on all aspects of handling, wearing and caring for your lenses. All new contact lens patients are supplied with out of hours contact details. Being local, we can offer emergency out of hours care and advice in the unlikely event that you encounter any issues with your lenses.
Fitting contact lenses normally involves at least 3 appointments – the 1st appointment will include an explanation of your options, costs and the pros and cons of contact lens wear. Trialing some lenses for about an hour will give you an opportunity to experience contact lens wear and allow us to assess how your eyes and vision respond to them. The 2nd appointment is a teaching session to instruct you on how to insert, remove and clean your contact lenses & the 3rd appointment is a follow up to ensure things are all going smoothly before issuing you with your contact lenses and specification. Unfortunately, there is no NHS funding for contact lens fitting, so fees for this service start from £50.00
Contrary to popular belief, the corneal surface isn’t perfectly round – it’s usually more curved in the centre and flattens towards the edges. With a Digital Corneal Topographer, we are able to map out the surface of the cornea. This is superior to keratometry used by most contact lens fitters, which assumes a round surface. Corneal Topography gives us the capability to custom design contact lenses if required, to ensure optimum fit, comfort and performance and handle more complex fits such as keratoconus.
To minimise any compromise to your ocular health, we recommend and fit the latest generation of lenses with high oxygen permeability materials wherever possible.
As well as fitting, we provide ongoing contact lens aftercare, which can be performed at the same appointment as an eye examination for convenience, if required.
Please note that by law, in order to be supplied with contact lenses, both the eye exam and contact lens aftercare appointments must be up to date. Also, for clinical reasons, we prefer our contact lens wearers to maintain up to date spectacles as a back-up and to avoid the over wearing of contact lenses.
Handling Contact Lenses
Select the correct lens for each eye.
Place the lens in the palm of your hand and add a little soaking solution.
Place the lens on your forefinger and look at the shape of the lens from the side.
This lens is inside out – note the shape of the lens at the edges.
This lens is the correct way round.
Using the second finger of one hand, gently raise the upper eyelid.
Using the second finger of the other hand pull down the lower eyelid slightly and gently place the lens onto your eye.
Before removing the lens, thoroughly wash your hands.
Look straight ahead and pull down the lower eyelid with your second finger.
Place your index finger on the lens and slide it onto the white part of the eye.
Pinch it off between your thumb and index finger
Always wash your hands and dry them thoroughly with lint-free cloth.
Remove a lens and place it in the palm of your hand.
Add a small amount of all-in-one solution and gently rub the lens in a circular motion for a few seconds to remove any deposits.
Rinse the lens, place in a clean case and add some all-in-one solution.
Replace the lid and the lenses will be ready for the next time you wear them.
RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses)
Remove the lens from the case, ensuring you select the correct lens for each eye.
Place the lens in the palm of your hand and add a little wetting solution.
Place the lens on the tip of your forefinger.
Using the second finger of one hand raise the upper eyelid.
Using the second finger of the other hand pull down the lower eyelid and gently place the lens onto your eye.
Wash your hands thoroughly before removing your lenses.
For your left eye, place the forefinger of your left hand at the corner of your eye.
Place your right hand below the eye ready to catch the lens.
Stare wide and with your left forefinger pull the eyelid towards your ear then blink.
The lens should just pop out of your eye.
Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them with a lint-free cloth.
Every time you remove your lenses, place the lens in the palm of your hand and add a small amount of cleaning solution.
Gently rub the lens in a circular motion for a few seconds to remove any deposits.
Rinse the lens with solution and then place the lens in a clean case with more solution.
Replace the lid and your lenses will be ready to be worn another day.