If you are wanting to explore contact lenses, you will need to have a series of trial and aftercare appointments with an optometrist.
Finding the perfect contact lenses for your eyes is an important process
Contact lens appointments
During this appointment your optometrist will measure your contact lens prescription (yes, it is different to a spectacle prescription!), and will discuss the different contact lens options with you. You can the decide what contact lenses will best suit your eyes and your lifestyle!
Your optometrist will order in some trial contact lenses for you. Once these arrive you will come in to have these lenses fitted by an optometrist. You will wear the lenses for a few hours then return to your optometrist and discuss the vision and comfort. It is common to need to make a few tweaks until you find your perfect contact lenses!
During these appointments one of our experienced Optical Assistants will teach you how to correctly insert, remove and care for your contact lenses.
As contact lenses sit directly on your eye, understanding proper care is extremely important. It can also be a little daunting inserting and removing your contact lenses and these appointments help to build your confidence.
Aftercare appointments are the final step in the fitting process and are designed for your optometrist to assess how you have found the contact lenses after trialling them in your day-to-day life. This is typically scheduled for 1-3 weeks after your teaching appointment.
These appointments are important to make sure that the contact lens is fitting well, you’re happy with the vision, and that the lenses are suitable for the continued health of the eyes. This appointment also allows for any improvements that you or your optometrist feel need to be made to the contact lenses. For this reason, more than one aftercare appointment may be required.
What are the different types of disposable contact lenses?
Daily contact lenses are disposable lenses – enjoy a fresh pair of lenses every day! Daily lenses require no cleaning or storage and reduce the risk of eye infections that can occur from longer wearing lenses.
Daily contact lenses are also a great option for people who do not want to wear contact lenses every day, eg. for special occasion or sports.
Fortnightly contact lenses are the middle ground between daily and monthly contact lenses.
The lenses are taken out every night to be cleaned and disinfected and inserted again in the morning and are replaced every one to two weeks to prevent protein build up and ensure safe, comfortable wear.
Monthly contact lenses are a great option for those who want to regularly wear contact lenses.
Monthly and other extended wear contact lenses support your eyes for regular wear by allowing your eyes to breathe better while still staying moist. As monthly contact lenses are reused over a longer period of time they require proper cleaning and storage to prevent any infections.
Would you like to correct your vision while you sleep?
Ortho-K lenses could be an option for you!
Ortho-K uses specialised contact lenses that gently reshape the cornea (front surface of the eye) while you sleep. You can enjoy clear vision throughout the day without needing glasses or contact lenses!