They are simple, convenient to use and many wearers feel they offer better and more natural all-round vision than spectacles.
The choice depends on your preference and your spectacle prescription.
The majority of contact lenses worn in the UK are soft lenses which are replaced frequently on either a monthly or a daily basis. If you have astigmatism, we may need to use a toric lens and if you need a different prescription for near vision than you use for the distance, then you may need a multifocal lens. Some people’s prescriptions will require gas-permeable lenses, which take a little longer to get used to.
Unfortunately, not everyone’s prescription is suitable for contact lenses, but the Optometrist will be able to give you advice when you have your sight test.
If they are looked after properly, contact lenses are safe. However, not all contact lenses wearers know how to look after contact lenses properly, for example by not visiting their optician for a check-up at least once a year.
When contact lenses aren’t looked after properly, there is a risk of developing eye infections.
In most cases these infections can be treated fairly easily but will require you to not wear your lenses for a short period of time. However, in rare cases an infection can become much more serious and threaten your sight.
Always make sure that you look after your eyes and your lenses by following all the instructions you are given about lens wear and coming in for your regular check up.