There are many benefits to wearing contact lenses, for example, there are no annoying obstructions or reflections, they don’t fog up and of course, there is no need to keep pushing them back up your nose as you would with a pair of glasses. Contact lenses are worn directly on the eye, and although this sounds uncomfortable, due to the constantly improving technology involved in manufacturing lenses, they are now more comfortable than ever.

Wearing contact lenses for the first time is a great experience, but first you must visit your optician to have them fitted. The fitting journey will usually involve:

Medical history and lifestyle assessment

Before deciding on the right lenses for you, your optician will first take a thorough history of your eye health, as well as a lifestyle assessment. By taking this information, an optician can then determine which lenses are suitable for your needs.

Clinical assessment

Before contact lenses are prescribed to you, your optician will first carry out a clinical assessment of your general eye health, as well as the ocular surface of your eyes. Contact lenses are not suitable for everyone.

Choosing lenses

Providing that lenses are suitable for your eyes, your optician can then discuss the best lenses that are available for you. There are a wide variety of contact lenses, including daily disposables, fortnightly and monthly lenses, soft and rigid, multifocal and toric lenses. You may be better suited to wearing daily disposables, or in some cases, longer lasting lenses may be the better option.

Inserting and removing your lenses

Before you can start wearing lenses, it’s important to learn the right technique to insert and remove them safely. This is usually simple to pick up, but in some cases, a follow-up appointment might be appropriate if it takes you longer to master the right technique. Once your lenses are comfortable and allow you to see clearly, your optician can prescribe your lenses.

Advice on caring for your lenses

Different types of contact lenses require different types of care. Whilst disposable lenses should be thrown away after a day’s wear, it’s essential to care for re-usable lenses properly. By failing to look after lenses, you risk causing harm to your eyes. Optimum Vision Clinic provide free aftercare for OVC Icare Plan patients, ensuring that your eyes stay in good health.

If at any point you experience discomfort from wearing contact lenses, or if you have any questions about caring for longer lasting lenses, you should always contact your optician.

If you find spectacles inconvenient and would like to experience the many benefits of wearing contact lenses, or have any questions, call Optimum Vision Clinic today on 0118 981 0267 or email if you would like to book an appointment