Thanks to advances in technology, contact lenses perform better than ever before, and there is a huge range of options for those considering contacts, either as well as or as an alternative to prescription glasses.
Contact Lenses can allow more freedom than prescription glasses for work and many leisure activities including sports. Contact your local Visique optometrist and we will help you determine the benefits and options available for you and show you how to use them. Let our expert staff help you with good advice on your contact lens decision.
A wide range of contacts are available, from daily disposable contacts to specialty lenses for those with astigmatism. The major types of contact lenses available are:
Daily contact lenses
Two-weekly contact lenses
Monthly contact lenses
Custom-made soft contact lenses
Custom-made rigid contact lenses
Custom-made Orthokeratology contact lenses
Firstly to become a successful contact lens wearer you will need to have an eye test. Your eyes and vision will be assessed and the most suitable type of lens design will be determined. We will tell you what you can expect from your contacts and outline all the costs.
Depending on your eye sensitivity your eyes could adjust to wearing contacts within somewhere between a day to two weeks. It is very important to keep to the routine outlined by your Visique optometrist and contact them if you have any concerns.
Daily contacts are worn for one day and then thrown away. Some people find this the ideal 'little fuss' solution to wearing and caring for lenses or, for occasional wear, sports, or when on holiday.
Two-weekly contacts are worn and cleaned daily and replaced with new lenses once every two weeks.
Monthly contacts are worn and cleaned daily and replaced with new lenses once a month.
Custom-made soft contacts are worn and cleaned daily, but may be worn until they need to be replaced. Their care requires extensive cleaning and sterilizing routines and most authorities consider that they need to be replaced once a year.
Custom-made rigid contacts are worn and cleaned daily, but may be worn until they need to be replaced. They too need extensive cleaning and sterilizing routines.
Rigid, custom-made Orthokeratology contacts lenses are worn while you sleep at night to correct your vision eliminating the need to wear glasses or daytime contacts the following day. Research supports the restriction of the development of short-sightedness with this treatment method. Due to their specialised nature these custom lenses require cleaning and sterilizing, are replaced annually and are reviewed every six months.
At your Visique contact lens eye test you will be shown how to insert your contact lenses. Contacts should not be uncomfortable to wear. If you are an existing user and experiencing any discomfort you must seek immediate advice from your optometrist. Putting contact lenses in your eyes incorrectly is unlikely to harm your eyes however you may feel a little discomfort.
Visique practices offer a range of contact lens brands at prices to accommodate all budgets. This includes brand names such as: