If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, we will offer you an appointment for a consultation/fitting. This will usually be longer than a routine appointment, as the optometrist will want to discuss with you which types of contact lens would be most likely to suit your needs.
The optometrist will then take a series of measurements, carry out further checks on your
You will usually be asked to wear the contact lenses outside the practice for a while, and then to return so that they can be assessed further, and so that your reactions to them can be discussed.
You will then be shown how to insert and remove the lenses and how to look after them.
These are usually replaced on a daily, two-weekly or monthly basis. They are comfortable almost instantly from the first time you wear them, and you can change between contact lenses and glasses as much as you want.
Many patients have been told that they are not suitable for contact lenses because they need bifocal spectacles or because of astigmatism, a common condition in which the eye is more curved in one direction than the other.
In fact, almost all levels of astigmatism can be fitted with contact lenses given the appropriate level of skill and expertise, along with access to all manufacturers' products.
A visit to the opticians begins with an appointment to see
one of the optometrists for a Standard Eye Examination.
We provide a sympathetic service to small children (including infants — we are happy to see children at any age), the elderly and those with special educational needs. We provide a Domiciliary (Home Visit) Eye Examination Service under contract to the NHS for patients who are unable to attend one of our practices without substantial assistance.
In addition to our Standard Eye Examination, we offer a number of additional services.