If you haven’t worn contact lenses before but would like to try them, the first thing to do is book in for an eye test. We first check your prescription and the health of your eyes before fitting you with lenses. Your spectacle prescription may be different from your contact lens prescription which usually includes details of what brand, style and measurements of the lenses you will be prescribed.
During the initial contact lens consultation, we will ask you questions about your lifestyle and when you might use contact lenses. This helps us make a decision on which type of contact lens to fit you with, be it a soft contact lens that you dispose of daily, fortnightly or monthly or hard contact lens that you wear overnight called Ortho-K, allowing clear distance vision without glasses or contact lens during the day.
The next important step in wearing contact lenses is that you’ll be fitted with a number of lenses to find the correct fitting lens and provide you with the best vision for your lifestyle. You’re also taught how to properly insert, remove and maintain the lenses. We take the time to make sure you are comfortable with this and guide you through the whole process.
After the consultation you’ll be given some trial lenses to take away to practice and use, followed by an aftercare consultation. The aftercare appointment is a great chance for you to give feedback on your trial contacts and also for your optometrist to make some small changes if needed.
Are Contact Lenses available in my prescription?
YES! There are contact lens options available to suit almost anyone – short-sighted people, long-sighted people, people with astigmatism and even those over 40 that need extra reading support.
Are they comfortable?
We understand some people are anxious about what contact lenses feel like. Today, a majority of contact lens wearers use soft contact lenses.
One of the primary reasons why soft lenses have become so popular is the comfort they provide wearers. Fortunately, with the technology breakthroughs and contact lenses available today, wearing soft contact lenses have never been more comfortable and convenient.
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is a nonsurgical procedure that involves wearing specially designed rigid contact lenses to gently reshape the curve of your cornea, the front outer surface of the eye. This changes how light entering the eye is focused. All you need to do is wear the contact lenses overnight, and then remove them in the morning. This allows for clear vision throughout the day without the need for spectacles or daytime contact lenses.
Ortho-K also has the added benefit of slowing down shortsighted progression and is a great option for children too. Not everyone has a suitable prescription for these lenses.