Choosing Contact Lenses

We will ask you some simple questions and help you decide on the best contact lenses to try. We pride ourselves on taking the time and trouble to tell you about all the possible options and we will always try to find the most suitable lenses for you.

Why do you want to wear contact lenses?

  • Is it for sport, hobbies or simply as an alternative to spectacles?
  • How often do you want to wear them? For social use, or all of the time?
  • Have you ever had any problems with your eyes?
  • What is your general state of health like?
  • Are you taking any medication?

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Your first step is to choose from two basic types of lenses: soft and hard. According to a study, most people who wear contact lenses wear soft lenses — 9 of 10 people. The rigid gas-permeable lenses are worn by only about 10 percent of people. Hard lenses are usually the better choice for people who have astigmatism or a medical condition in which protein deposits form on the contact lens.

After you've chosen hard or soft lenses, there are many categories of contact lens available, both in terms of how they accomplish vision correction and how often they need to be replaced:

  • Daily wear
  • Extended wear
  • Disposables
  • Coloured
  • Multifocal

Even if you do not need vision correction, don’t buy cosmetic lenses without consulting an eye care professional. Theatrical contact lenses that are used for Halloween or other occasions are sold on the Internet, beauty salons, and even convenience stores. But even cosmetic lenses, like lenses used for vision correction, must be fitted by trained professionals and should be monitored with follow-up visits to prevent eye infections and other problems.