Aug 012012
 

When trying contact lenses for the first time, it can seem to be daunting because you are essentially placing a lens directly onto your eye. But when you have taken a contact lens check at Lichfield Street Opticians and are starting a free contact lens trial, we can show you exactly how to go about handling your lenses in the safest and easiest way.

We have prepared these video guides and tips to help to illustrate safe techniques in handling your contact lenses. Don’t worry if they seem overbearing – good practice comes with time, and these actions will soon be second nature.

Inserting Your Contact Lenses

Ruth demonstrates how to insert your contact lenses.

 

So to put your contact lenses in, here’s a few tips to remember:

  • Make sure to thoroughly wash, rinse and dry your hands before beginning.
  • You may need to rinse the lens before you insert it – only use your sterile lens solution for this. Do NOT use tap water as this could contaminate your lenses.
  • To avoid mix ups, try to get into the habit of always inserting the right lens into your right eye first – your boxes of lenses will be clearly marked with an ‘R’ or ‘L’ to help you to tell them apart.
  • Hold the lens on the tip of your forefinger. Make sure that it is not damaged or inside out (contact lenses have small letter or number markings near the edges that can help you to tell). If it is damaged, discard the lens and get a new one.
  • Place your middle finger of the same hand near to your lower eyelashes and gently pull your lower lid down.
  • Use the fore or middle finger of your other hand to life your upper lid.
  • Gently place the lens on your eye – the shape of the lens should easily cup over the natural curve of your eye.
  • Release your eyelids and blink a few times.
  • Repeat for the other eye.

There are other methods of lens placement, and the left/right direction may be opposite if you are left handed. Please check with your optician/contact lens specialist if you are having any kind of trouble to see if there is an alternative method.

Centring the Lens

Once you blink after inserting the lens, the lens should centre itself over the eye. On rare occasions however the lens can slip down over the white of your eye. Moving it is easy – just close your eye and gently massage the lens into place through the closed eyelid.

Removing Your Contact Lenses

A demonstration on how to remove contact lenses.
  • Just as insertion, always start with the right lens. Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
  • Ensure the lens is on the middle of your eye before attempting to remove it.
  • Hold your eyelids open and inspect the top and bottom of your eye in the mirror to find the edge of the lens.
  • Look up, slide the lens down to the white of your eye using your forefinger.
  • Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger to remove the lens.

Once your lenses are out, you can then either discard the lens (if it is a one-day disposable lens) or clean and store it if it is a frequent replacement lens. We’ll cover how to care for your lenses in between uses in the next post.

As always, if you need further information about contact lenses please check our website or feel free to contact us.

Jul 252012
 

Contact Lenses are, by design, invisible. You are wearing vision-correcting apparatus but no one around you can tell. This is just one of the many great aspects of contact lenses. But, sometimes you want your eyewear to be a part of your overall look, in much the same vein as with designer frames for spectacles. Maybe you fancy a change in style, whether it’s a temporary accessory to go with that dress or shirt you have just bought; or to go with your new hair colour.

The good news is that contact lens wearers are not left out when it comes to making a fashion statement! Through the use of coloured contact lenses you have the freedom to easily change the look of your eyes in a way that is both subtle and can make a huge impact on your appearance.

What’s more, there are purely aesthetic contact lenses that are available so you can change your look even if you don’t need vision correction.

At Lichfield Street Opticians we have the full range of colours available from Cibavision’s FreshLook coloured contact lenses range.

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As we have seen in our previous blog posts, there are many different types of contact lenses to suit all life styles – whether they be daily disposables or monthly replaceable lenses. FreshLook contact lenses offer colours to cover all these types to ensure you can find a colour that not only suits you, but also suits your day-to-day life.

Monthly Reusable Coloured Contact Lenses from FreshLook

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Freshlook Colors are monthly contact lenses that uses iris pattern effects that overlays the natural base of your eyes to create a dramatic change. Available in six stunning colours.

freshlook colorblends range

FreshLook Colorblends lenses offers a ‘3 in 1’ aesthetic design, blending three colours on one lens to create a totally natural result, giving subtle yet complete eye colour change. Available in nine beautiful colours.

freshlook dimensions range

FreshLook Dimensions offer a charcoal outer starburst pattern that makes your eyes look bigger and brighter, adding depth and dimension to your eyes with three natural-looking transparent hues.

freshlook radiance range

FreshLook Radiance The first coloured contact lens to give eyes a new shine. The reflecting shining pigments within the lens capture the light and reflect it again in new and fascinating angles without changing the natural eye colour. Available in 4 illuminating shades.

focus softcolors range

Focus SoftColors work to enhance natural tones. Available in 3 colours: aqua, evergreen and royal blue.

 

Daily Disposeable Coloured Contact Lenses from FreshLook

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FreshLook One-Day ‘3 in 1’ daily disposable colour contact lens blends three colours on one lens to create a totally natural result, giving subtle yet complete eye colour change. Available in 4 colours.

Wondering if a change in eye colour is right for you? Bowled over by the amount of colour choices on offer? FreshLook offers an awesome online tool to help you to decide. You can see how changing your lens colour can affect your appearance – just upload a photo of yourself to Freshlook’s Colour Studio and see how FreshLook lenses can give you the freedom to change yourself!

For more information about our contact lenses or to book your next contact lens check, feel free to contact Lichfield street Opticians in Wolverhampton or see the contact lenses area of our website.

Jul 212012
 

If daily disposable contact lenses are not the best choice for you … how about lenses for general everyday wear!  Reusable lenses last beyond one day’s use. Instead of disposing of them at the end of each day, you clean and store them in a contact lens case until you’re ready to wear them again and again, for up to two weeks or one month, depending on the lens design.

At Lichfield Street Opticians reusable lenses are available in fortnightly and monthly variants across many popular brands such as Acuvue, Cariti, Air Optix and more.

Benefits of Reusable Contacts

For frequent users they are more cost effective than dailies – especially when you wear your contacts every day. Starting from just £8 per month, they are great value, and when combined with our contact lens subscription plan they offer amazing value across the range of services from Lichfield Street Opticians.

Like their daily counterparts, reusable frequent-use lenses offer great UV protection, and are especially made to allow oxygen to pass through to your eyes, allowing keep eyes looking white and fresh. Hydrogel-crafted lenses will also keep your eyes moist, improving comfort to the degree that you can experience a ‘no lens feeling’!

Because these frequent replacement contact lenses are made of stronger materials, they are a versatile way of meeting more complex prescriptions and astigmatism – fortnightly and monthly lenses can offer a wider range of prescription powers than dailies. So, if your prescription places you out of the range for daily lenses but you still require vision correction and don’t fancy wearing glasses, monthly contact lenses may be the right choice for you!

The only real downside to reusable contact lenses when compared to dailies is that you would need to clean your lenses and store them in contact lens cases. At Lichfield Street Opticians we can not only advise you on the best contact lens solutions to use with your lenses, we can seamlessly include your solutions and cases with your contact lens orders. In fact, when ordered together, contact lens cases are included for FREE.

Reusable Contact Lens Options from Lichfield Street Opticians

We offer a wide range of fortnightly and monthly frequent use replacable lenses from world-class manufacturers such as Sauflon, Cibavision and Johnson & Johnson.

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J&J Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus (Two Weekly) – If your day to day life involves spending long hours staring at a computer screen, or feeling the effects of dry heat or air-conditioning, it can be a challenge to keep your eyes comfortable. Acuvue Oasys are designed for maximum comfort when you are using your eyes for extended periods – including when watching television.

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J&J Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear (Two Weekly) – Want to wear lenses, but concerned they’ll be uncomfortable or difficult to insert and remove? Acuvue Advance contact lenses are soft, flexible, easy to handle and provide exceptional long lasting comfort – perfect for younger people who like to wear their lenses frequently. Advance also uses slight visibility tints and inside-out marks to make your lenses easier to see and handle.Clariti™ - Silicone hydrogel, frequent replacement lenses

Saulfon Clariti (Monthly) – Made from silicone hydrogel, which allows oxygen to pass through to your eyes helping them stay clear, white and healthy. The healthy characteristics of the silicone hydrogel material means you can wear Clariti lenses from morning until night to better suit the demands of modern life. Clariti lenses are also incredibly thin, for that ‘no lens feeling’ and improving comfort.

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Sauflon Bioclear (Monthly) – Made using Sauflon’s ‘AquAtract’, which retains moisture in the lens throughout the day for extra comfort and uses a handling tint to aid the insertion and removal of the lens. Advanced Edge Technology provides a lens edge that is incredibly thin reducing lens awareness and improving comfort.

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Air Optix Aqua from Cibavision (Monthly) – Created to be breathable, retain moisture and to resist deposits, Cibavision’s Air Optix are designed for maximum comfort all day (and even all night). Air Optix are perfect for people who lead more active lives but whose eyes may be prone to tiredness, dryness or irritation later in the day – they are also suitable for sleeping in!

Whatever your lifestyle, there is a contact lens for you. Reusable lenses – sometimes called ‘fortnightly/monthly disposables’ – offer a wider range of prescription powers and can be very cost efficient. For more information about our contact lenses, or about our excellent contact lens scheme, please feel free to contact us.

Jul 182012
 

At Lichfield Street Opticians we are able to supply a wide range of all different contact lens types for all ages.  Contact lenses will enable you to enjoy freedom from wearing frames.

Daily contact lenses offer a very healthy and convenient way of wearing lenses.

  • you wear a fresh lens everyday
  • hassle free – there is no cleaning or solutions needed
  • very flexible – can be worn everyday or for socializing/sport etc
  • can correct long and short sighted prescriptions
  • can correct astigmatism
  • problems with small print? … lens available for multifocal wearers
  • no blind/blurry spots – clear crisp vision where ever you look

At Lichfield Street Opticians we offer are proud to announce that we have recently started to stock Sauflon contact lenses. They have followed on from their success of last year when they won Contact Lens Product of the Year 2011, to win the award again this year at the Optician Awards for their Clariti 1day Toric daily lens.

Clariti™ 1day toric

  • Clariti 1 Day – gives full UVA & UVB protection
  • Clariti 1 Day Toric – offers great comfort while correcting astigmatism
  • Bioclear 1 Day – good end of day comfort
  • New Day – all day comfort at affordable prices

To give your eye maximum comfort Sauflon use silicone hydrogel technology. This material is manufactured to allow oxygen to pass through the lenses to reach your eye’s surface, providing comfort for you, allowing you to wear your contact lenses longer.

Johnson & Johnson’s daily contact lenses include

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  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist – the world’s first daily disposable contact lens
  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist for astigmatism – available in a wide range of prescriptions to correct astigmatism
  • 1 Day TruEye – provides a high level of UV protection for your eye plus allowing more oxygen to your eye.

Johnson & Johnson use technology called Hydraclear – a wetting agent that is part of the lens that gives a smooth silky feel that will keep your eyes moist and comfortable all day long.

 

Cibavision’s daily contact lenses include

DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus® contact lenses

  • Aqua Comfort Plus – provides moisture to your eye with every blink
  • Focus Toric – Crisp, clear vision for those with astigmatism
  • Focus All Day Comfort – all day comfort at affordable prices

To enjoy a different look … to have freedom from glasses … to enjoy sport with clear crisp vision … try contact lenses!

For more information about our contact price scheme, please visit our website!

Jul 052012
 

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Contact Lenses are an awesome way to wear corrective lenses without needing to wear spectacles and offer you all-round, clear vision. They are small, almost invisible cup-shaped lenses that fit directly onto your eyes. Comfortable, simple and easy to wear, contact lenses are the best alternative to wearing prescription glasses. Even better, when you are wearing them, people just don’t usually notice that you are wearing anything – you show your natural look.

Freedom from Spectacles

Wearing Contact Lenses gives you the freedom you need to play sports, shop, hang out, dance – whatever you want to do but couldn’t for risk of seeing your glasses fall off. The only things you can’t do with contact lenses are sleeping or swimming (although, if you absolutely must, consult your eye care specialist). They leave your nose free for those sunglasses you’ve always wanted!

Freedom from Mess?

Unlike regular spectacles, you don’t need to wipe clean your contact lenses during the day; your eyelids do this for you through the natural act of blinking. Otherwise, when you take them off at the end of the day, you clean and store them in cleansing solutions ready for the next day. If you use daily disposable lenses, you don’t need to clean them at all – just dispose of them every night and use new lenses in the morning.

Freedom for Choice

You can great in glasses. But sometimes you don’t want to wear them all the time. Contact lenses allow you to express yourself the way you want to. You can even choose different coloured Lenses if you are looking for a total change in style. Contact Lenses offers you freedom to express yourself in every way. Feel yourself, be yourself!