Most people can wear contact lenses. Some eyes are unusual but we specialise in the complicated contact lenses too. If you've been told in the past that you're not suitable for contact lenses, why not ask us at Cottam and Glaister if that's still the case? As we are independent, we can fit any contact lens in the world, so there's usually something we can do for you.
How do I go about getting contact lenses?
If you have an up-to-date contact lens prescription from another optician, we're happy to supply you with the lenses on the prescription.
If you're new to contact lenses altogether, you'll need to book in for a contact lens fitting. We'll need to do an eye examination first if it's been more than a year since you had one or if we've never seen you before. Then we'll talk you through the choices of contact lenses and make a recommendation based on your eyesight, your lifestyle and how much you're intending to wear the contact lenses. We'll take some measurements and check the front of your eye on a microscope before putting a pair of lenses on your eyes for you. We then let you go out for an hour or so to see what you think before checking the lenses fit correctly. If you're happy with the experience, we'll show you how to get them in and out. Once you've mastered this, you'll take some lenses home and return for a check-up about a week later. If all is well, we'll order you a three or six month supply and check your eyes after that. We normally check our contact lens wearers every six months.
Orthokeratology: We're one of the few optometrists in the country that fit these lenses. If you're short-sighted you might be able to wear a lens at night that corrects your vision while you sleep. This means freedom from spectacles and contact lenses all day. Ask us if this is suitable for you. Click here to find out more about orthokeratology
Daily disposables: daily lenses are soft, comfortable, hygienic and hassle-free. You use a fresh pair each time you want to wear your contact lenses and they go in the bin at the end of the day. They're now available for astigmatism and presbyopia too (for people who need reading glasses.) Click here for more info
Monthly disposables: these are soft, comfortable and re-useable. You remove the contact lenses at night, clean them and store them in a sterile case with special solution. They tend to come in a wider choice of prescriptions than daily disposable lenses. If you wear them often, they are also more cost effective than daily disposables. They're now available for astigmatism and presbyopia too. Click here for more info