Contact Lenses- Have You Considered Them For Summer?
The sunny weather from the last few weeks has got us thinking! Whilst we love our glasses, sometimes it’s lovely to have the choice to leave them at home. Choosing non-prescription sunglasses to wear over contact lenses, means you can wander on holiday without having to switch between sunglasses and glasses to see properly, whether you’re gazing at ancient inscriptions on a building, or scanning the sea in your luxury yacht.
Could contact lenses be the answer for you?
Contact lenses can seem like an intimidating prospect – you may have had a bad experience in the past, or not be keen on the idea of touching your eyes, and others may have been told in the past that their prescription requirements couldn’t be met with contact lenses.
However, at OPTIX Opticians we have the knowledge and expertise to overcome most of these hurdles, help you to choose the right contact lenses and get you using them confidently in no time. In fact, we are a recognised Centre of Excellence for Johnson & Johnson, have been awarded ‘Icare’ accreditation by Bausch & Lomb and are Ciba Vision’s main partner practice in Central London!
Technology & Progress
Since Da Vinci’s first sketches in the 16th Century of a vision correction using a bowl of water in direct contact with the eye, contact lenses have steadily developed from a concept to reality.
Technological advances in materials and manufacturing have made them more and more comfortable, hygienic to wear and easier to use. The range of prescriptions available also covers a wide scope and is expanding all the time. Whether you’re fairly young, over 50, have astigmatism, usually wear varifocals, or have bifocal glasses, there are always plenty of options to give you crisp, crystal clear vision all day.
Types of Contact Lenses
Today’s lenses are a lot healthier for your eyes- soft contact lenses are now usually made of a material called silicone hydrogel, which allows 6 times more oxygen to be transmitted to the cornea. The hydrogel itself absorbs significant amounts of water to keep the lens soft and supple, too.
Gas permeable, otherwise known as GP or RGP contact lenses, are hard, however, the material used in these lenses is also gas-permeable, letting oxygen pass through easily to the cornea. As they are hard and don’t fluctuate significantly in their water content, GP lenses actually provide you with sharper vision than soft contact lenses.
Depending on personal tolerance and preferences, a number of people still opt for soft lenses over RGP lenses for comfort reasons. The experts at OPTIX Opticians will be able to advise you on the best lens type for you, based on your lifestyle and how frequently you want to wear them.
You have the option of wearing daily disposable contact lenses, two-weekly or monthly contact lenses, and even overnight lenses, depending on what suits your individual needs. If you’re feeling really adventurous and ready to amp up your image, we can also provide you with some of the best coloured contact lenses in London.
You can find out more about the different types of lenses that are available right here:
We take pride in providing a completely personalised service for you. Your comfort and vision is of the utmost importance, which is why we have contact lens trial appointments before the first consultation at our Central London practice.
During the trial, our highly qualified optometrists will place contact lenses into your eyes so you can see how comfortable they feel. They will also take the time to listen to your personal needs so they can find the right lenses for you and will help you to build your confidence in using lenses with ease.
It still seems like the stuff of science fiction, but contact lenses could very well be at the centre of the next big jump forward in wearable technology. Samsung, Google and Sony have all filed patents for lenses that could flag up phone notifications, record images and keep tabs on your general health!
We can’t offer you smart lenses just yet, but if you’re interested in trialling contact lenses with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch online to book your trial appointment or call OPTIX Opticians in Broadgate, London on 0203 826 8638.