Information and advice
Please do contact us with any questions you may have. You can use our ask the expert sheet here:
Questions we are often asked are:
I have never worn lenses before, what happens?
First you will have a full eye examination. Then we will discuss your lifestyle and visual needs to work out the best potential contact lenses for you, bearing in mind your budget. We take detailed measurements to ensure the lenses will fit and then you can try some contact lenses. It feels a little like having a drop of water on your eye. We then check the fit of the contact lenses and make sure they are the right strength for you. After that we teach you how to look after your lenses. How to pop the lenese on your eye and safely remove them. When you are comfortable, you leave with your contact lenses to try at home. After a few days, you return wearing the lenses to tell us what you think and we check the vision and the fit of the lenses, you eye health, and how you are handling the lenses. We review and concerns or questions, and if all is well, we will give you a contact lens prescription and give you your contact lenses! We will review after 6 months, but if you have any problems or questions in the meantime, we are always happy to see you.
I already have an eye test, do I need another one?
As long as you’ve had an eye examination within the last 12 months, and you bring the prescription card to the contact lens fitting appointment, you will not need another eye examination.
What is a contact lens prescription?
This specifies exactly the dimensions of contact lenses that we have prescribed.
What happens if I have problems with my lenses?
Give us a ring, email us or pop in. We are always happy to hear from you and help you in any way we can.
Is it ok to swim/shower in my lenses or use water on my contact lenses?
There is an organism called acanthamoeba, which is found in water. Ordinarily, if it splashes into your eye, its blinked out again fairly quickly. However if you are wearing contact lenses, it can get caught in the lens matrix. This is a nice warm, food rich environment when acanthamoeba will thrive. Its very painful, makes you go blind and is hard to treat. In our opinion, its just not worth the risk.
And we do have some very nice, snazzy prescription swimming goggles, starting from £30.