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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CONTACT LENSES

I AM INTERESTED IN STARTING TO WEAR CONTACT LENSES, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?


First of all, you need to make sure your eye examination is up to date. Then you can book in for a contact lens fitting appointment. We require an upfront payment of £20 for this appointment and this will cover the fitting itself, a teaching session with a member of our team, a supply of trial lenses, and your follow up.




HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET USED TO CONTACT LENSES?


It depends on your eye health and your prescription. Most people find soft contact lenses immediately comfortable because they are flexible and allow a good oxygen supply to the eye.




CAN A CONTACT LENS GET LOST BEHIND MY EYE?


No, definitely not. The worst that can happen is you lose the lens under your upper eyelid. This usually occurs if you rub your eye and the lens moves and gets stuck under your eyelid. It can sometimes be difficult to find the lens again especially if you can’t see well. If you have trouble retrieving the lens you can see your optician and they will retrieve it for you.




ARE DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES WORTH THE MONEY?


Many doctors prefer people to wear daily disposable contact lenses because they pose a lesser risk of infection. They are also more convenient to wear because they are just discarded at the end of the day and there is no need to worry about buying solutions and cleaning them.




CAN I WEAR CONTACT LENSES IF I WEAR VARIFOCALS?


Yes, you can. You can now buy multifocal contact lenses which, like varifocals, offer various prescriptions in one lens and allow you to see in all distances.




WHY DO I STILL HAVE TO HAVE EYE TESTS IF I WEAR CONTACT LENSES ALL THE TIME?


An eye test is very important because not only does it assess your overall vision, it also assesses the general health of your eyes. This is different from a contact lens examination where your vision while wearing your contact lenses is assessed as well as seeing how your contact lenses are fitting in your eyes.




CAN I WEAR EYE MAKEUP WHILST WEARING CONTACT LENSES?


Yes, you can. It’s recommended that you apply your eye makeup after you’ve inserted your lenses. It’s better this way because it’s easier to see what you’re doing.




I'VE RECENTLY HAD AN EYE INFECTION, SHOULD I DISCARD THE CONTACT LENS I WAS WEARING WHEN I CONTRACTED IT?


Yes, definitely. Hygiene is very important when wearing contact lenses. Just to be safe when you have recovered from an eye infection, use a fresh contact lens. It might mean you fall short of lenses for the month but at least you have a lower risk of contracting another eye infection.




CAN I RECYCLE MY USED CONTACT LENSES AND PACKAGING?


Yes. We provide a contact lens recycling scheme, so we encourage you to keep your discarded contact lenses and blister packs then drop them off to us so we can send them away to be recycled.




WHY DO I STILL NEED TO HAVE GLASSES IF I USUALLY WEAR CONTACT LENSES?


It’s important to give your eyes a rest from contact lenses from time to time, especially at the end of a long day of contact lens wear. This is where an up-to-date pair of glasses is useful. Also, what happens if you get an eye infection and can’t wear your contact lenses?