The needs and wearing habits of contact lens wearers are as different as the wearers themselves.
Not only do we stock a wide range of different contact lenses, but we are also happy to give you responsible personal advice if you have yet to find the lens which is right for you at Openshaw opticians cleckheaton.
During the examination at Openshaw Opticians your eyes will be tested to determine the strength of lenses you will need for clear vision, and the health of you and your eyes and eyelids will be examined. The quality of your tears, needed for lubrication of contact lenses - will also be assessed. Then, the curvature and diameter of the cornea at the front of your eye will be measured, together with the size of your pupils and the positions of your eyelids.
Based on this information, your practitioner at openshaw opticians will be able to advise you about the most suitable contact lenses.
What types of contact lenses are available?
The first contact lenses were what have become known as 'hard'lenses. These are made of a perspex material which, while very durable, does not allow essential oxygen to pass through to the surface of the eye. Although still available for certain specialist needs, they have been largely replaced by gas permeable lenses which allow good oxygen flow and enable
the eye to 'breathe'.
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses allow oxygen to pass to the surface of the eye,but they are made of firmer plastics than soft lenses. This makes them more durable and gives them a longer life span. These lenses are particularly suitable for certain prescriptions such as high degrees of astigmatism, where they give very good vision. Some people find rigid lenses easier to handle than soft lenses and, although they take a little longer to get used to, regular wearers find them very comfortable.
Modern soft contact lenses are made from gel-like plastics, often with a high water content, that allow oxygen to pass freely to the eye. Because of this, soft lenses can be made much larger which in turn makes them very comfortable and easy to adapt to. Some of the new ultra-thin soft lenses are so comfortable that new wearers can leave them in all day right from the
start. New users usually find that they are only mildly aware of standard thickness soft lenses and that tolerance can be built up fairly easily so that most people are able to wear them all day within a week.
All types of contact lenses are now available on a planned replacement programme. New manufacturing techniques have made it possible for users to have a fresh pair of lenses regularly for about the same cost over a period as non-disposable lenses. Daily disposable lenses are becoming increasingly popular at Openshaw Opticians as they eliminate the need for a lens care routine, but depending on the type of lens and the environment in which it will be worn, the replacement period can be anything from one day to one year.
Extended wear lenses
Most contact lenses are worn on a daily basis, being removed in the evening and put back in next morning. Special extended wear soft lenses are now available which may be recommended by your practitioner, which allow you to sleep in them. Typically they are replaced weekly or monthly.
Exciting tinted contact lenses which can enhance or even change the colour of your eyes without affecting what you see are now widely available.
Are contact lenses difficult to insert and remove?
No. Many people are worried about putting a lens in for the first time, but simple techniques have been developed which make insertion and removal of contact lenses quite easy. When you get your lenses you will be taught the correct method by our trained staff at Openshaw Opticians.
Caring for your lenses
Developments in lens care products have now made it easier than ever to keep your contact lenses clean, comfortable and safe from harmful bacteria.
These three simple steps should result in trouble-free use:
1.Clean your contact lenses daily
This will remove dust, pollution, make-up and other things that may accumulate on the lens in daily wear.
2.Disinfect your contact lenses daily
Disinfecting your lenses will ensure they are free from any micro-organisms still on the lens after cleaning..
3. Weekly protein removal (not usually necessary with modern
This breaks down protein deposits that are produced naturally in everyone's tears. If you don't do this the performance and life of the lens could be reduced. Your practitioner will advise as to the necessity and frequency of this routine.
There are now one-step solutions available that make the hygiene routine even easier. Always remember that if your eyes feel uncomfortable, sore or irritable, you should take your lenses out and make an appointment to see
your eyecare practitioner. If in any doubt, always seek advice from your practitioner.