The freedom of contact lenses
This summer, the Specsavers opticians in Ennis are encouraging local people to think more about their eye health and ensure that those using contact lenses are wearing the correct ones.
Rosaleen O'Sullivan, director offers some helpful tips for both first time and experienced wearers of lenses.
How do contact lenses work?
Contact lenses are very thin, domed discs which are positioned in front of the transparent outer layer of the eye, called the cornea, to focus images into the retina at the back of the eye in the same way an optical lens does. Contact lenses stay in place by floating on the film of tear fluid covering the surface of the eye and are practically invisible when worn. Contact lenses are available to correct most conditions, for which glasses are prescribed, including long and short sight, varifocals and astigmatism.
I want to try contact lenses but am worried I might not be able to wear them. What do you recommend?
Soft contact lenses would be a good first option. These are the most popular type worn by our customers. In being very pliable and soft, they are easy to get used to and comfortable to wear. Soft contact lenses are suitable for occasional use and even people with sensitive eyes can usually get on well with them. As they are not easily dislodged they are also ideal for sport. Almost anyone, at any age, can wear contact lenses, in fact we have some customers as young as 12 wearing them.
I often forget to take out my lenses before I go to bed and wake up in discomfort. Are there any special lenses I can sleep in?
Specsavers ‘easyvision’ all day-all night monthly disposable continuous wear lenses are the answer. You can wake up each morning with perfect vision. Far from having to remember to take them out every night, you can wear them continuously for 30 days. Continuous wear are the ultimate in contact lenses, made from silicone that allows the eye to breathe.
I only wear contact lenses from time to time, such as evenings out and ideally want a hassle free product. What is available?
Daily disposable contact lenses are ideal for many wearers. There’s no cleaning involved so you don’t have to worry about pots of solution. You just throw them away after wearing them for a day and put in a fresh pair the next time.
I wear contact lenses all the time and never have problems. Do I need glasses too?
Yes. Providing you follow your optometrist’s advice about duration of wear, cleaning and storage, you should continue to have no problems. But there may be times when you cannot wear contact lenses. You may experience irritation, or alternatively damage or lose them. So it is essential to have glasses to your current prescription at the ready.
To find out more about contact lenses or to book your eye test, please contact your local Specsavers store.