Most people who need to wear glasses can wear contact lenses.
There are two main types of contact lenses:
• soft lenses
• rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP lenses)
Most contact lenses fitted in the UK are soft lenses. They are available as single-use daily, fortnightly and monthly disposable lenses, and more specialist lenses that are designed to last for longer.
RGP lenses last longer than soft lenses and are usually replaced every one to two years. This means that they may be cheaper in the long term than disposable soft lenses. Like a fitted leather shoe, RGP lenses can take a little more getting used to than soft lenses, and so are not suitable if you only want to wear lenses occasionally.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. WHICH TYPE OF CONTACT LENS IS BEST FOR ME?
A. The type of lens that is best for you will depend upon several factors, for example, frequency of use.
Q. CAN I WEAR CONTACT LENSES IF I HAVE ASTIGMATISM?
Yes those with Astigmatism can wear contact lenses, however it is important to choose the right lenses and our experts will be able to discuss the options with you so that you can make a fully informed choice.
Q. CAN I SWIM IN CONTACT LENSES?
A. We do not recommend swimming in contact lenses. This is because there is an organism that lives in water (Acanthamoeba) that can cause a very serious infection if it gets in your eye.
Q. I NEED TO WEAR DIFFERENT GLASSES FOR DISTANCE AND READING – CAN I HAVE BIFOCAL OR VARIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES?
A. When you reach your forties it is common to find that you need a different prescription for reading than you need for distance. This is called presbyopia.
Q. WILL I BE ABLE TO PUT MY LENSES IN AND TAKE THEM OUT?
A. Most people can put their lenses in and take them out without any problems, although it can take some practice. It is important to have backup glasses even if you wear contact lenses every day
Q. CAN I GET CONTACT LENSES TO CHANGE THE COLOUR OF MY EYE?
A. Soft contact lenses are available which change the colour of your eyes. You can get these either with a prescription in them to correct your vision or without.
Q. DO I NEED TO HAVE REGULAR CHECK-UPS IF I WEAR CONTACT LENSES?
A. It is important to have regular check-ups to make sure that your contact lenses are still suitable for you and are not damaging your eyes. This should be at least every 12 months but may be more often if recommended by your practitioner.