Today’s ever changing range of contact lenses provide an option for just about anyone, even if you have not been able to wear lenses in the past.

We have a passion for contact lenses and pride ourselves on our many happy and successful lens wearers.

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Contact Lenses provide good vision – and freedom from glasses

Contact lenses have come a long way from being uncomfortable and drying. New lenses are continually released that are designed to provide more comfort and clarity for the wearer.

Contacts are suitable for people of all ages, from children as young as six to people in their 90s. Contact lenses are great for sport and other strenuous activities, although many wearers choose to use them almost all the time.

A good fit is the key to having the best results from contact lenses and being comfortable all day.  When you have a contact lens fitting with our optometrists, we choose from a selection of brands, materials, sizes, designs including multi-focal lenses and lenses for difficult prescriptions and wear types (daily, fortnightly and monthly). The choice allows us to select what is best for ‘your’ eyes.

Contact lenses can help you see just as well as prescription glasses can, and for some people, even better.

If you have been told previously that contact lenses are not for you, or found them to be uncomfortable, dry or you couldn’t develop the art of putting them in and out – give us a call, you may be surprised about how technology has changed.

What happens at your appointment

A comprehensive eye test takes about 30 minutes. If you feel you have complex requirements, it would be best to let us know when you book your eye exam, and we can ensure additional time is allocated do you.

First, your optometrist will have an in-depth discussion with you regarding your vision concerns and your visual requirements.

They will ask you questions about your health and if you have had previous eye issues. Some eye problems run in families, so your optometrist will ask if there is anything in your family history.

Your optometrist will take into account your daily needs – work and leisure time.

We recommend that every adult and child should have their eyes examined by an optometrist every one to two years, regardless of whether you’re experiencing any vision difficulties. Most eye problems that can cause long term difficulty have few initial symptoms.

Your vision will be assessed through reading charts and if you have glasses or contact lenses, they will be checked on how they facilitation your vision.

Your optometrist will determine if you are suitable for contact lenses according to your prescription and tailor a solution that is right for you and your eye health.

An eye test also provides a thorough examination of your eye health and gives us vital insights about your general health. Many eye conditions may be symptom-free for some time – making an eye test vital for early diagnosis.

If you have not worn contact lenses before, we’ll teach you how to insert and remove the lenses, and how to care and maintain your eyes and lenses.

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Types of Lenses

There are many different types of eyes, prescriptions and vision needs. We are able to provide you with contact lenses for almost every situation.

We prescribe soft contact lenses for use daily, fortnightly, monthly, with astigmatism, multifocal vision and coloured lenses as well as specialty lenses.

Speciality lenses include:

Rigid Gas Permeables (RGP or hard contact lenses)

These are made from hard plastics that transmit oxygen. They are mainly used for high astigmatism, Orthokeratology, Keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post surgery and other eye conditions.

Orthokeratology

Hard contact lenses that are worn overnight to reduce the progression of myopia (short-sightedness) and for correction of vision during the day.

Keratoconus lenses

Hard contact lenses that are worn to improve vision in people with Keratoconus.

Myopia Control Soft Contact Lenses

Though not as effective as Orthokeratology in slowing down the rate of progression of Myopia, these lenses can also be used.

How to use contact lenses

We will teach you how to insert and remove the lenses, and how to care and maintain your eyes and lenses. And make sure you are comfortable with the procedure before you leave us.

  • Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenes.
  • Take your lens out of the pack or storage case into your cupped palm.
  • Check it for rips or grit.
  • Put the lens on your finger, cup-side up.
  • Hold your eyelid open.
  • Look up.
  • Pop the lens onto the white of your eyeball (rigid lenses are usually best placed directly onto the cornea).
  • Let go of your eyelid.
  • Look down and blink to position the lens over your cornea.

Contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected after each use with a cleaning solution that has been recommended for your type of lens. Poor lens hygiene is one of the common causes of problems with contact lenses and can cause eye infections.

Different lenses need different chemicals. Using the wrong cleaning solution can damage the lens and may cause lasting damage to your eyesight.

Contact lenses are not only small and easy to lose, but delicate and easy to damage.

Remember to:

  • Be careful not to pick up your lenses using your fingernails.
  • Always make sure your lens is the right way out. Lenses usually ‘flare’ (turn back at the edges) if they are inside out.
  • Insert the same lens first every time – either right eye or left eye, so you don’t forget which lens goes into which eye. Over time it will be become automatic.
  • Put the plug in the sink first if you are inserting your contact lenses in the bathroom, just in case you drop one.
  • Never sleep in your contact lenses unless your optometrist has advised that you can do so. Sleeping in the wrong type of lenses can cut off oxygen to your corneas, causing severe inflammation and possible permanent damage.
  • Never wear lenses belonging to another person or allow anyone else to wear your lenses.
  • Seek advice from your optometrist before swimming while wearing your contact lenses.
  • Watch this Optometry Australia video for tips.
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