Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a constantly developing area of the optical profession and today there are very few limitations on prescriptions and who can and cannot wear them.  As a practice we are here to ensure that you, the patient, have every opportunity to be as up to date with this technology as possible.

They are a great solution for sports like rugby or in social settings where the freedom of not wearing spectacles can be advantageous.

Every patient is individual and the type of contact lenses suitable therefore are different for everybody, so time is taken with a fitting and full Instruction and removal appointment to make sure the comfort and long term suitability are at its best.

We currently have optometrists in practice fitting a varied range of lenses for all wearing modalities and patient requirements.

For any enquiries with regards to contact lens fitting, suitability or prices please call the practice asking for Natasha or email ew@edwardwatts-opticians.co.uk

Contact Lens ‘Wear and Care’ Information

There are hygiene and health implications with contact lenses so guidelines are given to create a safe and comfortable contact lens regime. As a patient these implications will be explained and individual wear times and cleaning routines will be given at the fitting appointments. As Professionals we are here to ensure your eyes are healthy and not affected by the contact lenses or the way they are used. This is why adherence to these recommendations is vital.

Basics of Contact Lenses

  • Before insertion/removal/adjustment of contact lenses the hands should be washed with anti-bacterial soap. (The risk of infection is higher with contact lenses so this is a must)
  • Contact lenses should not be slept in unless fitted specifically for this purpose and on a practitioner’s recommendation.
  • Swimming/ Bathing/Showering is not advisable in contact lenses.
  • Never share or swap contact lenses with anyone else as there is a very high risk of cross-contamination between individuals.
  • Avoid flying in contact lenses due to air conditioning and increased cabin pressure. (Can decrease wear time  and comfort.)
  • Eyedrops should not be used in conjunction with contact lenses unless advised to do so by your practitioner or medical professional. (Some eyedrops do have  adverse effects on contact lens materials)
  • Tap water should never be used to clean or sterilise any type of contact lens or case due to the risk of acanthamoeba contamination, always use the solution recommended by your eyecare practitioner.
  • Do not change or substitute your contact lens cleaning solutions unless advised to do so by your optician. Some cleaning systems are designed for certain contact lens materials and changing can cause reduced wearing time, corneal sensitivity and adverse ocular reactions.
  • Do not over wear your contact lenses. The wearing time will be  different for each individual and these are issued to ensure the eye stays healthy and comfortable. Over wearing can create  dryness, discomfort and in the long term discontinuation of lens wear.
  • Damaged or dirty  contact lenses and cases  are a breeding ground for bacteria and so should be disposed of, and replaced regularly.

LOOK, SEE, FEEL

  • If the eye looks red or aggravated
  • If you are seeing that your vision is disturbed or different to normal
  • If the eye feels painful, uncomfortable or watery

Please contact the practice for advice on seeking medical attention. For out of hours advice please contact your local hospital eye dept or A+E department.

Finally, contact lenses are classified as a medical device and therefore come with dispensing and supply regulations.To supply and sell contact lenses a current contact lens specification and spectacle prescription must be provided.Without these written specifications we will be unable to issue or sell contact lenses.

As a patient who wears contact lenses you will need continuing professional care to ensure the lenses you wear are the most suitable for your everyday needs now and in the future. It is vital that regular examinations be done on all areas of the eye not just where the contact lenses sit and so both a sight test and contact lens check up should be carried out.

All examinations will be charged (separately) to any contact lenses purchased. Please be aware of any extra costs for emergency consultations should you have any problems.

For any enquiries with regards to contact lens sale or supply please contact the practice or email ew@edwardwatts-opticians.co.uk