Contact lenses… clear, comfortable vision and freedom from glasses
Contact lenses are liberating - they offer clear, comfortable freedom from spectacles… perfect for sport, special occasions and everyday life. Our Optometrists are experts in contact lens practice and have excellent success fitting even the most challenging eyes and prescriptions, including:
- Those with high prescriptions
- Those who need reading glasses (presbyopia) and would rather not.
- Those with astigmatism.
- Those with irregular corneas (e.g. Keratoconus)
- Previously failed contact lens wearers.
- Those that require vision correction in extreme environments or whilst doing sport when glasses are not ideal.
- Those wanting coloured cosmetic contact lenses.
- Those wanting Ortho-K lenses.
- Those wanting contact lenses to slow the progression of myopia (short sight).
There are many different types of contact lenses available; ranging from soft daily disposable to yearly replaced rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses and from astigmatism correcting to multifocal lenses designs.
At Linklaters Optometrists, Leslie Warren Opticians and Linklater & Warren Opticians we have access to all the latest lens designs by all the manufacturers. Whether this is achieved in the first visit or whether it takes a few attempts our Optometrists have the experience and skills necessary to find the lens that works for you.
Together you and your Optometrist will determine the type of contact lens most suited to your prescription and lifestyle requirements.
Types of Contact Lenses
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft Contact Lenses - These are the most commonly fitted lens types and are generally replaced daily, two weekly or monthly. The offer excellent comfort and are available to correct long and short sight as well as for those with astigmatism. For those that need reading glasses they are also available in multifocal designs giving both clear distance and near vision.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses - These are the modern version of ‘hard’ lenses but produced in modern highly oxygen permeable materials. They often provide a level of clear vision unrivalled by soft lenses and spectacles. Although not initially as comfortable as soft lenses, RGP wearers quickly become adapted and once established are some of the most satisfied of all contact lens wearers. They are also available in astigmatism correcting and multifocal designs. Because of their rigid property they are invaluable in the vision correction of those with irregular (e.g. keratoconus) or scarred corneas where soft lenses and spectacles are of little use.
Ortho-K Contact Lenses
Ortho-K Contact Lenses - We are avid promoters of the Eyedream Ortho-K (or Orthokeratology) contact lenses for the correction of myopia (shortsight). These are specially designed RGP lenses that, unlike other types of contact lenses, are worn overnight to provide vision correction on waking after the lens is removed. These work by gently reshaping your cornea whilst you sleep and provide a safe and reversible alternative to laser refractive surgery. The custom made lenses and are fitted using the latest eye contour scanning equipment (topography). In addition to correcting vision there is a growing body of convincing scientific research that demonstrates Ortho-K lenses actually slow or stops the progression of myopia in children and young adults.
Specialist Contact Lenses
Specialist Contact Lenses - Our Optometrists are experienced in fitting specialist contact lenses including scleral contact lenses (e.g. Zenlens scleral, ICD scleral, Maxim CV), specialist corneal RGPs (e.g. Rose K2, Kerakone), hybrids (e.g. SynergEyes), corneoscleral RGP lenses (e.g. So2Clear) and Kerasoft lenses. These lens types can provide life changing vision correction for people with irregular shaped or scarred corneas and those with high astigmatism.
Coloured Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Coloured Cosmetic Contact Lenses - We also fit and supply coloured cosmetic lenses for those patients who fancy a new look and would like to change their eye colour. These are also available in zero powers for those that don’t need glasses.