So you’re new to contact lenses and wondering how do I start? Well, the first and most important step is to contact a registered optometrist or contact lens optician, such as Elcott Opticians in Luton, to arrange what’s called a “fitting”.
At the “fitting” appointment, the optometrist will discuss your visual and lifestyle requirements. They will then assess your eyes from an optical and health point of view to check for suitability. They will also take measurements of your eyes to find the best lens type.
Nowadays, almost all patients can benefit with contact lens wear. This is down to the huge advances in material and prescription availability that most eyesight conditions can be corrected with contact lenses. In the UK there are almost 3.7 million contact lens wearers.
Once the fitting has taken place and the optometrist has identified some contact lenses which are suitable for you, the next stage is to learn how to look after your lenses, put them on the eye and remove them. We typically refer to this process as the “teach” stage.
After demonstrating your ability in inserting and removing the lenses, you will be offered a trial of one to two weeks with the lenses. This trial is to gain a feel for the contact lenses and for you to assess how comfortable they are during the day as well as to comment on the quality of vision. A typical follow-up aftercare appointment will go through feedback from you on how the lenses have been as well as the optometrist assessing the health of your eyes and whether there are any side effects appearing on the surface.
There are hundreds of different types of lenses and thousands of different fittings. Hence, not all contact lenses are the same. Each lens type needs to be fitted to meet your individual requirements. Contact lenses are not interchangeable and you should not attempt to change your lens type without the recommendation of your optometrist.
Benefits of contact lenses include wider fields of view, no fogging up effects in the cold or when raining, lower susceptibility to dirt, fewer distortions and fewer reflections. We at Elcott Opticians are open to fitting a wide array of contact lenses for the population of Luton and its surrounding. We will ensure we carefully question you about your eyes, health and specific visual requirements before fitting you with contact lenses. We also keep up to date with new products to ensure you get to try out new lenses as and when they become available to us.
If you would like to try contact lenses and live in Luton, from a local Luton Optician; or if you would just like an eye test from an Optician in Luton, then contact us or feel free to pay us a visit.