Contact lenses FAQ

I have worn contact lenses before but did not get on with them. Would I be able to try them again?

New lens designs and materials mean that contact lenses are now more comfortable than ever and provide exceptional vision. Many people returning to contact lens wear have found that they no longer have to compromise.

I have dry eyes. Will I be able to wear contact lenses?

New moisture rich lens materials mean that even people with drier eyes can wear contact lenses successfully.

Can contact lenses get lost in the eye?

Contact lenses float on the front surface of the eye and cannot get lost behind the eye.

How do you put contact lenses in and take them out?

If it’s your first time putting contact lenses in, the idea of putting something on your eye might make you feel a little squeamish. But there’s absolutely nothing to worry about, contact lenses are easy to apply and very comfortable.

It may take you a little while to get used to putting them in, but after some practice, and with the help of our handy guide, you’ll have no problem putting contact lenses in at all.

Here’s our guide to applying contact lenses:

Step 1.

Wash your hands.

This is very important to remember as any dust particles, germs or makeup on your finger will irritate your eyes and make the whole experience very uncomfortable.  Try to use soap that is fragrance free and one that is not too heavy on moisturisers as these ingredients could also irritate your eyes.

Dry your hands thoroughly, and you’re ready to start putting your contact lenses in.

Step 2.

Always start with the same eye.

Contact lenses are designed to fit each eye individually. You can’t swap them around as they simply won’t fit properly so it’s a good idea to start with the same eye every time. This is to help you make sure you put the correct contact lens in each eye.

If you are right handed, always start with your right eye. If you’re left handed, start with your left eye.

Step 3.

Get your contact lens ready.

Open the packet and scoop out the lens by sliding it up the ramp and out with your index finger. Look at the contact lens and make sure it looks like a bowl. If it has a lip or flat bottom, it may be inside out, so be sure to check. If it is inside out, just turn it over in the palm of your hand.

Clean your lens with contact lens solution. Never use water from the tap or anything else as you risk irritating your eye.

If your lens is torn or damaged, never place it in your eye.

Step 4.

Insert your contact lens.

Make sure you have a mirror ready for this part.

With your free hand, hold your upper eye lid open. This is important as you may try to blink reflexively.

Using the hand with your contact lens on, place your middle finger underneath your eye to stabilise your hand and pull the lower lid down.

You may want to look away at this point, or you may prefer to look straight at the mirror or contact lens – either way is fine. Place your lens gently on your eye and you’re nearly finished.

Step 5.

Blink, blink, blink.

Blink a few times to make sure the lens is in place properly and help your eye get used to the lens. If everything feels ok and you can see properly, you’ve successfully applied your contact lens.

Just repeat the procedure for your other eye and you’re ready.

For more information on the different types of contact lenses, click here.

If you are thinking about trying contact lenses but unsure as to whether they are right for you, click here to arrange your free contact lens trial.

Are contact lenses comfortable?

Soft contact lenses are thin and flexible and, with the new moisture rich materials that are available, they are so comfortable it is easy to forget you’re even wearing them!

Can anybody wear contact lenses?

Advances in technology mean that contact lenses are now available for a wide variety of prescription requirements, including astigmatism and high-powered prescriptions. We can even provide contact lenses that correct both near and distance vision in one lens, just like varifocal glasses.

Can I really just sleep and see?

Yes, once the effect is complete you simply sleep in the lenses each night and remove them in the morning. Also – and this is really clever – you will be able to see clearly with the lenses in when you wake up.

How quickly does it work?

After the first night your Dreamvision contact lenses will have made most of the necessary correction. Normally within less than a week you will be able to see clearly and will no longer be reliant on glasses or contact lenses during the day.

How is it possible to wear lenses overnight?

Dreamvision lenses are made of one of the very highest oxygen permeable materials, for maximum comfort and safety during overnight wear. The other unique benefit with Dreamvision is that unlike normal contact lens wear, your eye spends its waking hours with natural oxygen levels, uninhibited by contact lenses.

I work shifts and do not always sleep at night – could I still have Dreamvision lenses?

Yes. As long as you sleep on a regular basis for a reasonable amount of time, Dreamvision contact lenses will work.

What will it cost?

The monthly cost is similar to the price of wearing a pair of daily disposable contact lenses every day. This cost includes new lenses every six months in order to be sure that they are always providing optimum vision correction, plus all your aftercare from our Dreamvision specialists.