Contact lens information

At Realeyes, our staff are fully trained to recommend the best contact lens options to suit your life style. There are many options and there’s one to suit you.

It’s very important to have your contact lenses fitted by a specialist and that they are checked regularly by a professional. At Realeyes, we put particular importance on checking your contact lenses regular to maintain optimum eye health.

Contact lens jargon explained:

Millions of people around the world wear contact lenses and it’s easy for us to get carried out using our contact lens jargon so we’ve sat down and explained what each lens means.

Spherical lenses

This is the most common type of lens. A standard single vision contact lens that corrects nearsightedness (myopia) or far sightedness (hyperopia) with an even curvature.

Toric lenses

A toric lens will correct astigmatism. They have different powers at different points in the eye to help correct the astigmatism. Toric lenses rotate on the cornea to align with your astigmatism. Astigmatism is unique and take more expertise to fit and should only be done by a professional.

Multifocal lenses

A multifocal contact lens is designed to provide clear vision at all distances, normally worn by people who are experiencing normal age-related decline it their vision known as presbyopia. If you have a pair of bifocal or multifocal glasses, it’s likely this contact lens will suit you.

Multifocal Toric lenses

Years ago, if you wore multifocal glasses and had astigmatism you would need to choose which vision you would like corrected and wear glasses for the other correction – slightly pointless! Nowadays, a multifocal toric is able to correct both.

A multi focal lenses allows people over 40 who have astigmatism to see clearly. When you come for your eye test and contact lens examination our fully trained optician will determine whether your eyes are suited to this lens and find you a brand that is suited to your lifestyle needs.

Coloured lenses

Most of the types of lenses we’ve talked about so far come in different colours to add a special touch to any occasion or general change in eye colour. The most common colours are brown, green and blue though we’ve got other colours too. It’s vital that you buy a reputable brand and fit these from a local optician to avoid any eye trouble.

Contact lens materials:

Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are made from gel-like, water-containing plastics called hydrogels. These lenses are very thin and pliable and conform to the front surface of the eye. the most common type of contact lens currently fitted is the soft lens, and most soft lenses fitted are of the disposable type. Soft lenses are usually comfortable straight away, which makes them particularly useful for occasional wear e.g. for sports and social wear as well as regular all-day wear.

Gas Permeable Lenses

This is a rigid lens made from durable plastic material that allows oxygen into the cornea. This gives better comfort and a reduction in eye problems. Wearers of this type of lens say it takes some time to get used to them but are comfortable thereafter.

Contact lens wearing times:

Until recently contact lens wearers removed their lenses and cleaned them nightly. There are now many wearing time options available on contact lenses:

  • Daily wear— as the name suggest a one use contact lens
  • Fortnightly wear – can we worn for two weeks at a time
  • Extended wear— can be worn overnight, usually for seven days or a month consecutively without removal.

Simple Steps for contact lens care

  • Always have a contact lens check prior to buying contact lenses
  • Keep your contact lenses well cared for and clean
  • Follow all the instructions around your contact lenses and lens products
  • Stick to your wear and replacement schedule

Direct Debit Scheme:

We’re always looking for ways to give our customers better value and a better experience. When you sign-up to our dedicated contact lens direct debit scheme, we’ll not only keep you regularly supplied with lenses, we’ll give you a range of exclusive offers including:

  • A comprehensive eye examination
  • A contact lens fitting consultation
  • Contact lens aftercare
  • 50% off contact lens solutions
  • Replacement of broken lenses
  • A pair of our standard glasses once in a year or one £79 voucher for a complete pair of glasses.

Call or visit your local store branch to find out more.

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