Contact lenses have come a long way since their early 18th century origins as glass tubes filled with water, capped by a microscopic lens. Today, millions of people across the UK use a diverse assortment of contact lens varieties, incorporating remarkably sophisticated features and suitable for almost all prescription strengths. Thanks to advances in manufacturing techniques. modern solt lenses have high water contents to alllow plenty of oxygen to reach the eye's surface . Impressive comfort levels mean they can typicaly be forgotten about after insertion, although their softer composition does result in shorter lifespans than traditional ‘harder’ lenses. Many people favour daily dlsposable l enses. which are worn once and then binned without requiring any ongoing maintentance.In tandem with a well chosen pair of spectacles these can be an ideal choice for peopie who prefer not to wear glasses in public but don't need lenses all the time. Monthly contact lenses provide more affordable alternative to daily disposables. although they do entail a degree of regular cleaning .We can recomnend the best option based on your circumstances and preferences. Technological advances have allowed lens manufacturers to develop contact lenses suitable for almost every spectacle prescription, from Toric lenses that lit astigmatic eyes through to multifocals capable of providing crystal-clear vision at varying distance . Patients can obtain different prescription strengths or each eye, and some modern contacts even incorporate UV protection following the introduction of features previously found only in spectacle lenses, contacts now represent a genuine alternative to glasses. Other recent design advances have created contact lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days at a time, without being taken out at all. Similarly sophisticated orthokeratology lenses help to reshape a patient‘s corneas while the wearer sleeps By the next morning, correction-free vision can be enjoyed without any surgery or eyewear being required. Although these lenses are only available in certain prescription strengths, Ortho K is becoming an increasingly popular option - it represents a completely painless and reversible solution to some Vision problems.
Ortho K can benefit children as well as adults, many regular lenses can now be worn from the age of ten. that‘s great for physically active youngsters, where tough spectacle frames With shatterproof lenses was previously the best option. Indeed, contact lenses have now become an effective rival to sports eyewear for anyone regularly participating in physical exercise. Lenses can also be advantageous in certain professions where spectacle wearing isn't ideal, such as outdoor jobs or working in manufacturing facilities that require safely goggles to be worn When it comes to customer service, independent opticians like us lead the way.That was the conclusion of a detailed report published recently by Which? the UK's leading consumer body.The report's findings were based on a survey completed by over 5,400 Which? members,rating their experiences of eye tests and purchasing glasses or contact lenses over a three-year period.
Conducted in spring 2014, the Which? survey invited members to rate satisfaction with their current practice based on their most recent visit. It also asked whether or not patients would recommend the practice to a friend.When the survey's results were analysed, local independent optictans emerged as clear winners with a customer satisfaction score of 88 per cent. By contrast, the best-performing high street chain only attained a score of 72 per cent,while another received just 59 per cent. Significantly,independent opticians were the only practices to achive the highest ratings in customer service and staff skills and were unbeaten on product quality, timekeeping and product choice. Independents even came out on top in terms of aftercare, as Which? reported that local practices were most likely to fix a problem with glasses without accepting any payment. Another aspect of the Which? survey considerd where to purchase new or replacement glasses. The conclusion was that patients should always buyframes and lenses from the practice that conducts their eye tests, as it can be harder to resolve eyecare issues when patients divide their custom between different practices.This was acknowledged by the Optical Confederation's chairman Doe Grocott: "The eye examination that determines the correct glasses and contact lenses...provides the essential precise measurements to ensure that new glasses and contacts are exactly right."