A sight test or current prescription will be needed for your initial appointment.

Our qualified optician will carry out tests to assess your suitability for contact lens wear.

These tests include:

  • slit lamp examination which enables microscopic evaluation of the external eye

  • measurement of the curvature of the eye, enabling our optician to select a lens which is suitable for your eyes

  • discussions as to which type of lens is most suitable for you. (For example, soft or gas permeable lenses, durable  or disposable lenses.)

The optician will then insert a pair of contact lenses into your eyes. Initially there may be slight discomfort, so a period of about 10 minutes is required for the lenses to settle. The optician will then advise on how to insert and remove the contact  lenses, tips on how to handle the lenses, hygiene, cleaning and disinfection.

When the optician is happy that you can insert and remove your lenses, you may then take the lenses home for a trial period, between 5 and 14 days, depending on the type of lens.

At the end of this period, another check is necessary to make  sure that your eyes have not reacted to contact lens wear. This check also gives you an opportunity to discuss with the optician  your experiences during the trial.

Provided you have been happy, the final contact lenses may then be ordered.

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