Contact Lenses: Experience Freedom with Contact Lenses
For those used to wearing glasses, the freedom of wearing contact lenses can be liberating! No heavy, clunky frames to wear, just crystal clear, perfect vision. Contact lenses are ideal for everyday wear, or can be used as an occasional alternative to glasses, and there are many different types of lenses available to suit all lifestyles. Take a few minutes to read through our handy guide to contact lenses, and see if they could be right for you.
Types of Lenses
There are two main types of contact lenses to choose from:
• Hard (rigid) or gas permeable contact lenses
• Soft contact lenses
Soft lenses are the more popular of the two thanks to their comfort level and ease of wear – your optician will be able to recommend the best lens for your needs. Those wearing hard lenses should be aware that there’s an adjustment period – you usually need to start wearing the lenses gradually and increase the time worn until your eyes are comfortable.
Choosing the Right Lenses
If you already visit a local opticians for eye tests and glasses, it makes sense to buy your contact lenses from the same place – most opticians offer a monthly direct debit scheme which provides you with lenses, a case and bottles of solution delivered to your door (or you can pick up in store), and this usually also includes aftercare checks, to make sure your eyes are healthy whilst wearing your contact lenses. When shopping for soft contact lenses, you can choose from daily disposable lenses (which are worn for a day then thrown away), weekly or monthly disposables. Weekly and monthly disposables will require the purchase of solution and a lens case – you’ll need to thoroughly clean and disinfect your lenses each night after wearing them. For those wearing lenses occasionally, daily disposables may be a more practical choice, although they do cost a bit more.
Where to Buy
If you don’t want to sign up for a direct debit scheme and purchase your lenses from your local optician, there are plenty of online options to choose from. Many websites sell various brands of lenses, and some even stock the optician’s brands or equivalents, so if you’re used to wearing Specsavers dailies, you can find a lens which will be just as comfortable. Purchasing contact lenses online can result in huge savings over time, with daily disposable lenses available from around £7 (per eye) for a one month supply.
Contact lenses allow you to feel more confident and have perfect vision without the need to wear glasses, but do shop around for the best possible deal. Remember that you’ll need to attend your local optician for regular contact lens checks even if purchasing your lenses online.