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Have you ever thought about trying contact lenses, but don’t know where to start?

It can be confusing, but with our experience we will guide you through the process and endeavour to find the perfect lens for you. Recent developments in contact lens design and material means that contact lens wear is now an option for the vast majority of our patients.

Because we are an independent practice, we are not limited in our choice of contact lenses. We are constantly researching the very latest lens designs and materials which means that at each and every contact lens appointment, you will be kept up to date with the latest developments, ensuring that you always wear the most appropriate lens available.
We can choose whatever type of lens that suits your needs best. The best lenses mean the best comfort and the best vision.

There are several types of lenses you can choose from and the selection will depend on your lifestyle, expectations from the lens and your suitability.
Soft contact lenses are generally the lens of choice as they’re more comfortable and easier to handle than hard contact lenses.

Soft contact lenses come in different wearing schedules

Daily Disposables

Daily disposables are the most convenient lens choice enabling you to wear the lens on one occasion and then discard it. It's that simple. You don't have to worry about cleaning the lens and storing them in solution over night. This is the primary lens choice for the majority of our patients, and is excellent for special occasions and holidays.

Two Weekly or Monthly disposables

The lenses are worn on a daily basis, cleaned, stored and disinfected overnight in contact lens solution. They are disposed of after 2 weeks or a month.

Extended wear

These are lenses that can be slept in overnight. They are monthly or two-weekly lenses made of silicon hydrogel, which is excellent at allowing oxygen to the eye compared to standard materials. You should never sleep in your lenses unless advised that it is safe to do so by your Optometrist.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses or mono vision contact lenses are an excellent way to correct both your distance and near vision at the same time. Ideal for people who need a separate distance and near prescription.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

RGPs are the primary lens choice for particularly complex prescriptions which may not be available in soft lenses. The range of soft lenses in recent years has seen a decline in RGP lenses and now only few specialist opticians have extensive experience of fitting these lenses. At H & H Eyecare we have over 25 years of experience in fitting RGP lenses so you can rest assured that we will find the right solution for you.

During your contact lens consultation, we will ask you a few questions to understand why and how often you would like to wear your contact lenses. Once we have gathered a good history and understanding of your requirements, we will check your cornea and tear film under a microscope, before advising on the best lenses available for you.

We will consider your spectacle prescription and then discuss lens options and prices, before arranging a trial. Often this can be done on the same day as we have a large trial selection in stock, but on occasion we may need to order your lenses, which would arrive 2 to 3 days later.

We will assess your vision in the lenses, check how well the lenses fit on your eye and assess how comfortable the lenses feel to you.

When you are happy and we have determined the best lens choice for you, we will teach you on the correct and safest method to insert and remove the lenses.

Once you are confident at handling the lenses and we have shown you how to care for them, you are free to take them and try them at home.

We will then recommend suitable intervals for contact lens aftercares, and provide you with all the support you need to ensure a happy, healthy contact lens relationship.

Susan is our dedicated contact lens optician. Whether you see Susan or Khal, we promise you’ll be in the best of hands.