Q. How often should I have an eye test?
A. Eyecare experts recommend that everyone have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on age, risk factors, and physical condition. There is no lower age limit and certainly by age 3 it is a good idea to have your child’s eyes tested to check that all is developing normally. Over 70 years old an annual eye test is recommended.
Q. I don’t wear my glasses all the time – can I still try contact lenses?
A. Yes – contact lenses can also be worn on a part-time basis.
Q. I have astigmatism – can I still wear contact lenses?
A. .Yes – there are many different options for people with astigmatism.
Q. Can you get varifocal contact lenses?
A. .Yes – there are several types of bifocal and progressive contact lenses, as well as an option called monovision.
Q. Aren’t contact lenses uncomfortable to wear?
A. No – most lenses these days are extremely soft and very comfortable.
Q. Aren’t contact lenses difficult to put in?
A. The first time you try lenses, the optometrist will put in the lenses for you. Like anything new, it’s a skill that can be taught and we will give you all the instruction you need to feel confident handling your lenses – most people pick it up and find it gets easier with practice and we are always here if you need more help!
Q. Are contact lenses expensive?
A. There are many different types of contact lenses, and the optometrist will advise you on what will be the best lens for you in terms of comfort, vision and eye health – they are often much less than the monthly cost of a mobile phone.
Q. Can contact lenses get lost in the eye?
A. Once a soft lens has been put in, it naturally stays in place even with rapid eye movements during sport. The eyelids are such that a lens cannot be displaced round the back of the eye and disappear into the brain, which is a common misconception!
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