Contact Lenses available to buy or reorder over the counter in Newark & Leicester

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Contact Lenses available to buy or reorder over the counter in Newark & Leicester

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Opticare staff have many years experience in contact lenses and can help you make sure yours are the best ones for you. Our practices are fully stocked and can provide you with the latest contact lens innovations, to make your life just that little bit easier. Whether you are new to contacts or just need to re-order some more, our opticians and staff are waiting to help with a smile.

A comprehensive range of contact lenses in stock

Disposable Contact Lenses

Introduced in 1987, disposable lenses are designed to be worn for a specific period of time, then thrown out and replaced with a fresh pair of lenses. Disposable lenses are now the most common type of contact lenses because of their health and convenience benefits.

There are several kinds of disposable lenses…

Disposable Lenses: Replace every 2 weeks or sooner.
Frequent Replacement Lenses: Replace monthly.
Traditional (Reusable) Lenses: Replace 6 months or longer.

Why throw out lenses at all?

The more frequently you replace your contact lenses, the healthier and more comfortable your eyes can be.

Deposits like protein, calcium, and lipids- found naturally in your tears- can build up on your lenses. These deposits make your lenses less comfortable and can increase the risk of eye infections and allergies.

Of course, you can always clean your lenses, but disposable lenses save you some time and trouble of doing this.

Can I wear disposables?

Yes, you probably can. Our qualified Optometrists can advise you during your contact lens consultation. The key is whether your prescription is available as a disposable lens, but we can help you with that.

Your frequency of replacement depends on how often you want to wear your lenses and whether your eyes produce a lot of deposits and if you suffer from allergies, (hay fever). Opticare optometrists will advise you on the correct option.

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Extended Wear Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses are available for two different wearing schedules. Daily wear: that you remove them before sleeping, and Extended Wear: worn without removal for several days.

Most extended wear lenses are able to be worn without removal for up to seven days. Two brands are also approved for up to 30 days continuous wear: CIBA Visions Night and Day, and PureVision by Bausch and Lomb. Wearing contact lenses overnight even for a short period come with a greater health risk compared with nightly removal.
These new revolutionary lenses use a special material called silicone hydrogel. They allow up to six times more oxygen through to the eye than standard lenses, enabling the eye to remain healthy and providing excellent comfort. You can reduce the risk of developing an infection by following the Optometrist’s instructions for lens replacement and care. Studies have shown that most of the infections and complications are related to improper cleaning and disinfecting.
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The lenses are usually fitted as daily wear lenses and if the eyes show no sign of ill effects, overnight wear is commenced.
If you use continuous wear lenses, we recommend an up to date pair of spectacles for when you need to remove the lenses, such as if the eyes are irritated or during periods of ill health. It is now recognised that swimming while wearing contact lenses, showering, hot- tub use and smoking can be associated with complications and should generally be avoided.

Coloured Contact Lenses

There are four types of coloured contact lenses

  • Visibility tints- usually a light blue or green tint added to a lens, solely to help you see it better during insertion and removal-or if you drop it. It does not affect eye colour.
  • Enhancement tints- are a solid (but translucent) tint that is a bit darker than a visibility tint and does affect eye colour. It enhances the existing colour of your eyes. They are best suited to people who have light coloured eyes.
  • Opaque colour tints- they are deeper, opaque tints that dramatically change your eye colour. They are also suitable for dark coloured eyes.
  • Light filtering tints- they are a more recent development. They are designed for sports use to enhance certain colours i.e. in tennis and golf the ball would stand out against the background and would be easier to target. Many of these lenses are available in plano form (without visual correction).

Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Have you been told you can’t wear soft contact lenses because you have astigmatism?
Astigmatism refers to a cornea that is not perfectly round. Today, unless you have an especially complex prescription your astigmatism can probably be corrected with soft contact lenses and you have many options.
Lenses for astigmatism are available in daily, two-weekly or monthly disposable options. Properly fitting a toric contact lens takes more of the optometrist’s time and requires more expertise than regular contacts.
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Multifocal Lenses

These lenses are designed to give good vision to people who have a condition called presbyopia. The key sign that you are developing presbyopia is that you need to hold reading text further from your eyes to see it clearly.

Multifocal contact lenses are available in both soft (disposable or frequent replacement) and gas permeable materials. Disposable multifocal contact lenses first came available in 1999 and now they are also available in daily disposable.

How Multifocal contact lenses work

They work very much like Multifocal spectacles i.e. they have two powers on one lens. One to correct distance vision (if required), and the other to correct near vision. Your eye learns to differentiate the proper power whether it’s for long or close vision. Various designs are available i.e. simultaneous, concentric and alternating vision. All three designs work differently and at Opticare, optometrists will decide on suitability.

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Multifocal lenses may not be suitable for everyone. Because the eye needs time to adjust to sorting out the different powers, it takes some time to adjust to the lenses. This amount of time varies from person to person. This is where monovision may be recommended as an option. With monovision, you wear one contact lens with one power to correct distance vision and the other contact lens with one power to correct near vision. The distance lens is usually worn in your dominant eye. This may appear a little unusual, however, most people adjust well to it and eventually you don’t even notice that each eye is responsible for a different part of their vision.

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Gas Permeable (GP) Lenses

These are today’s most state-of-the-art “hard” contact lenses.

Hard lenses were made of a material known as PMMA, and before 1971, when soft lenses were introduced, just about all contact lenses were PMMA. PMMA lenses were difficult to get used to, and uncomfortable to wear. They also did not allow oxygen to pass through them and hence caused long term complications.

What makes GP Lenses different?

Introduced in the mid 1980s, they are actually a newer technology than soft lenses. They incorporate silicone, which makes them more flexible then PMMA whilst also being more oxygen permeable. This results in greater comfort and better eye health.

Gas permeable lenses can also provide better vision, more durability, and increased deposit resistance than soft lenses. They are also easier to clean, are longer lasting and less expensive in the long term than soft lenses.

After Care

Once you have purchased your contact lenses and have started the adaptation period, you will require regular check-ups. Your first check up is usually within a fortnight of collecting your lenses.

Routine check ups also provide the chance to ensure that the lenses you are wearing still meet your needs and are still the best products available to you. Advances in contact lens material and design, as well as the solution systems, are constantly being made to bring additional benefits to contact lens wearers.

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Spread the cost of contact lenses and save with our OptiLens care package.

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To make it easier for you. You can now order a read of your contact lens prescription online.

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Thinking of trying contact lenses? then book a free trial with us. Our professional optometrists will help you choose the best style of contact as well as the most comfortable. Try them for free in a comfortable safe environment, where you won’t be rushed or pressurised in to buying.

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