If you want an alternative to prescription spectacles then contact lenses are a non-surgical way to free your face from full time frame wear. Not to say that we don’t love a decent pair of glasses here at TCO
Contact lenses sit on the front surface of the eye (the cornea).
Yes, they touch the eye! Sounds obvious but if you are a bit squeamish about eyes then deciding if you are suitable for lenses starts with this fact.
You may want to use them for the majority of the week, just for sports use or the odd social occasions.
How do I get started with contact lenses?
You’ll need to book in for a contact lens teach appointment if you are a first time wearer or it’s been more than 2 years since you have worn lenses. You’ll also need an in-date sight test that is ideally dated from a year ago or less.
We will help you establish which lenses are the right ones for you. We will ask you about when you would lik to wear them and make sure you are suitable to use them.
You will be taught how to safely remove and insert contact lenses with techniques that suit you. Then you’ll be given a weeks trial to build up wearing time and get practicing to make them part of your daily routine. You’ll also be testing out the vision and making sure they are right for you.
A return appointment after the trial will seal the deal 🙂 You’ll be a proper contact lens wearer and able to purchase them as and when or set up monthly payments with our contact lens standing order scheme.
I already wear contact lenses but I fancy getting them from an awesome Opticians like TCO 🙂
If you are an existing wearer then you can book in for a contact lens check appointment to review your current lens type and prescription. We will not use a contact lens prescription or heck from any other Optician or source. This is for legal reasons and to keep you and your eyes safe.
Once we have an up-to-date check sorted then we offer the option to buy lenses as and when or you can sign up for our contact lens standing order scheme.
Can you wear contact lenses everyday?
Your eyes need to be cared for and respected. Every lens wearer needs a reliable pair of spectacles too. Eyes need to breathe and they can’t do it when the lenses are in.
Make sure you have a regular day off from contact lenses by wearing your specs.
Anyone in workplace environments that have air conditioning or spend long hours on computers will find their lenses feel more uncomfortable as the day goes on. They may be a bit dry and lubricating drops can help, but so can a day off from lenses.
Wearing contact lenses every day for prolonged hours may prevent or restrict your future contact lens use.
I was once told I couldn’t have contact lenses?
This may be because your prescription would not work in a contact lens format.
If it was 5 years ago or more then perhaps a lens does exist now that could work for you. Can’t hurt to ask us about the option of lenses?
If your eyes are very dry then wearing lenses would be a bit like having some lovely freshly chopped onions under your eyes, all day. It would irritate too much and may even cause damage to the delicate tissues on the front of the eye. Sorry about that but safety first.
What age can you wear lenses from?
There is ultimatly no age restriction to when you can start wearing contacts but there are several important factors that can help you decide with your children when the time is right to look into them.
- Maturity – Poking yourself in the eye comes with higher risks of transfering dirt and bacteria into they eye so..
- Hygiene – Is super important of course and he maturity helps with younger people responsibly making sure that hands are always clean
- Responsibility – Lenses have to be managed by the eyeball’s owner, sorry Parents! You can’t help anyone take lenses in or out. The wearer has to be able to master the techniques to do so by themselves.
- Cost – Contact lenses are expensive if worn everyday, they are great for younger people who engage in lots of sports where their glases could be broken or cause injury in the wrong circumstances.