Contact Lenses

Can I wear contact lenses?

Most people of all ages can wear contact lenses. Whether it is an occasional use daily disposable lens for sport, diving, swimming, and social occasions, or simply a desire to avoid glasses, we can advise you on what lenses are best. Today’s modern materials and advanced computer controlled manufacturing technology, produce contact lenses that give clearer and more comfortable vision with little or no lens awareness. The only hurdle for the new contact lens wearer may in fact be the psychological difficulty of inserting a lens on the eye, particularly when the eye is overly sensitive or when the eye aperture is small. Generally contact lens insertion and removal is a simple technique which one becomes very capable of in a short period of time.

Modern disposable contact lenses have virtually replaced the more traditional hard and soft lenses, because they are more comfortable and markedly reduce the incidences of red eye and contact lens related problems. There are lenses that are worn for one day only, and then discarded, lenses that are worn for 2 weeks, and monthly replacement lenses. The most popular and the most economic are the monthly lenses. These are replaced monthly for daily lens wearers, but will last longer when worn on a part time basis.

Conventional hard and soft lenses still have a place in modern contact lens fitting, and may be prescribed in some instances, particularly with existing wearers who are wearing these lenses successfully. The main advantages can be better vision, and more economical over the long term.

What is involved? It is important that contact lenses are fitted accurately and correct instructions are given on the handling, wearing and care regimes. A complete eye examination is required to help determine your suitability for contact lenses. Accurate measurements are taken of the size, shape and power of your eyes, so that the most suitable contact lens can be determined.

How much will it cost? This will depend on whether your prescription is simple or complex. In simple myopia (shortsighted) or hypermetropia (longsighted), the cornea is spherical and the contact lens power is simple. When astigmatism is present the cornea is oval, and the contact lens power is more complex. These are called toric lenses, and have more specific fitting requirements. Where possible trial lenses are supplied so that you can experience contact lenses first hand before going ahead.

There are many lens types available and the most appropriate lens is chosen that best fits your eyes and suits your lifestyle.

A typical disposable lens wear package for a new wearer would cost from $235 for spherical lenses and from $305 for toric lenses. This includes all professional fees, instruction and follow-up, a contact lens solution starter kit, and your first 3 months supply of lenses. You also receive 10% discount off our already well priced contact lens solutions, and 15% off our full range of high quality sunglasses.


Coloured Contact Lenses

These are available in disposable or traditional, outrageous or natural. Prices need to be discussed with the optometrist.


Special Lenses

Conventional soft lenses, toric lenses, special tinting, hard gas permeable lenses, and bifocal lenses can be quoted after the intial examination. Prices need to be discussed with the optometrist.