Q: Do contact lenses hurt.

A: No - soft lenses are extremely comfortable straight away. After the first few hours they are usually unnoticeable. Gas Permeable lenses initially feel slightly less comfortable in the eyes and do take 2-3 weeks to achieve full comfort.

Q: Will they fall out?

A: No - modern contact lenses stay properly in place unless they are rubbed.

Q: Will I get infections?

A: All contact lens wear slightly increases the possibility of infection, but proper hygiene procedures that you will be taught, along with advised cleaning products where necessary, makes this very unlikely.

Q: How will I get them in and out?

A: Proper handling procedures are always part of our professional fitting service. No one will be allowed to take away contact lenses unless all concerned are happy. A trained Optician or assistant will guide you through the process step by step, but it is usually easier than expected.

Q: Are contacts difficult to look after?

A: No - today, most cleaning systems only use one bottle of disinfecting and cleaning solution, which is really easy to use. But if you want completely hassle free care, try daily disposable lenses. Wear them once and throw them away.

Q: Can I sleep in contact lenses?

A. The answer used to be no. However, some recently introduced contact lenses are so porous to oxygen that they can be kept in overnight. Our doctor would be happy to discuss the possibility of you wearing these special extended wear lenses.

Q: How often will I need new lenses?.

A: Your personal prescription will certainly not change more rapidly wearing contact lenses. Lenses do deteriorate, however, and any potential problems are definitely reduced with frequent replacement of the lenses. We recommend at least monthly replacement lenses wherever possible.

Q: I have an astigmatism, can I still wear contact lenses?

A: Yes there are various options available to you to correct your astigmatism with contact lenses. Our Doctor will be able to advise you on the most suitable solution for your eyes.

Q: I wear bifocals, are contact lenses suitable for me?

A: Possibly. There are bifocal contact lenses available on the market as well as some other various options, some involving reading glasses and some which may not. Our Doctor can recommend what may be best for your particular situation.

Q: Why do I sometimes see spots floating in front of my eyes?

A: Most people notice these 'floaters' from time to time, particularly in bright conditions or a light background. They are usually caused by minute debris floating inside your eyes and are quite normal. But if you notice a marked increase in the number of floaters or see flashing lights in your field of vision, you should consult us immediately.

Q: I've noticed when driving at dusk that road signs are difficult to see. Do I need glasses?

A: Even if you are only slightly short-sighted, your distance vision can be affected by poor light conditions. So you may well need glasses just for driving. We can examine your eyes and let you know if spectacles are necessary. Lenses with anti-reflection coatings may also help you when driving at night because they reduce glare from oncoming headlights.