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Contact lenses are now more comfortable and affordable than ever, with the majority of prescriptions correctable. At Saunders & Schwarz we have extensive experience with all types of contact lenses including the 'soft' and the 'hard' type. Most contact lenses are available on a planned replacement scheme where our patients benefit from a discounted Direct Debit option.
During the contact lens consultation we will check the health of the front surface of the eye and take measurements relating to the curvature, this allows us to choose a suitable type and fit of contact lens. Once we have decided the best type of contact lens for you, a pair will be supplied for the initial trial, allowing you to get a 'feel' for the lenses. We will then teach you how to handle and care for the contact lenses at which point you can take them home for a home trial of up to 2 weeks. After a final check with the contact lenses we can make any necessary adjustments before we go ahead and supply the lenses.
This type of soft contact lens is designed to wear only once and then disposed of, meaning no extra solutions are required. Each lens is sterile and packed individually to ensure safe and easy wear. They are a comfortable lens particularly useful for occasional use e.g. sports or social occasions
For more frequent wear, a weekly, fortnightly or monthly lens may be more appropriate. These are designed for daily wear and require a simple cleaning, disinfecting and storage regime.
For patients whose prescription fall outside the parameteres of frequent replacement lenses, these tailor made lenses can last up to 1 year. The cleaning and storage process is similar to frequent replacement lenses
R.G.P lenses are manufactured from a rigid material, they can be particularly useful for correcting astigmatism. They have a smaller diameter than soft lenses and are designed for frequent daily use and for long periods of wear. They generally should be changed once a year.
A recent eye test (within 6 months)
A full contact lens consultation
Your contact lens specialist will assess and fit a suitable lens to your eye
A 1 hour initial trial followed by advice regarding handling and care of the contact lenses
An extended home trial lasting up to 2 weeks
Regular contact lens aftercare appointments, generally every 6 or 12 months