Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses at Joy Optical Opticians South Kensington London

There are many different reasons you may choose to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, and here at Joy Optical we have access to a large variety of different types of contact lenses to suit everyone’s individual needs.

From occasional wear to lenses you can sleep in, our Opticians will be able to guide you into lenses which are most comfortable to you.

Contact lenses are now able to cater for almost all prescription types, whether you have a particularly high prescription, or need a multifocal correction.

In the UK, it’s a legal requirement to have contact lens check-ups yearly in order to purchase contact lenses. If you don’t have a hard copy of your prescription, we are happy to contact the practice where you had your check ups, or you can request copies to be emailed/faxed to us.

Reasons to try contact lenses:

  • Sport
  • Your wedding
  • A different look
  • Comfort
  • Ease at work
  • Special occasion

If you haven’t worn them before, we will need to book you in for a fitting appointment, which includes a full eye test. During the examination, we will discuss your individual needs and lifestyle to assess which lens will be most suitable for you. We’ll take extra measurements from your eye to ensure we order the correct size, and we will also show you how to confidently insert and remove the lenses.

Once you are happy with inserting and removing, you will be able to take away some lenses to try before coming back for a final check with them in, so we can check the fit and comfort whilst in your eyes. All being well after this, you will be free to order lenses as and when you need up until you are due for another check. Please note that we or anyone else are only able to supply you with contact lenses which are in date, and to the specifications prescribed.

For more information, please contact us in store.

Contact lens brands include: Johnson & Johnson, Ciba Vision, Sauflon and Coopervision.

Types of Contact Lenses

Daily Disposable

The most convenient of contact lenses, the daily disposable is also the cleanest. With literally only 1 days wear with each lens, they are new and sterile every time you put in, and you simply throw away at the end of the day.

Great for part time wearers and full time wearers, daily disposable lenses can cater for most prescriptions including high astigmatisms, or mono-vision.

2 Weekly/Monthly Disposable

These lenses require more care, and can be worn daily for either 2 weeks or 30 days depending on lens type. The lenses need to be removed at night and be stored in a cleaning solution, then put back in the eye the following day. Not to be slept in, these lenses are ideal for clients who wish to wear lenses most of the time instead of spectacles.

Again, these soft lenses can be used for patients with many different prescription types, including high astigmatism, multifocal and high powers.

Day and Night

Soft contact lenses which can be slept in for up to 30 days, these lenses are ideal for customers who don’t want the hassle of cleaning the lenses overnight every night. Whilst we would still recommend that they are removed to be cleaned every so often, they are produced to let enough moisture and oxygen in the eye so they are safe to sleep in.

ORTHO-K

Orthokeratology (also referred to as Ortho-K, Overnight Vision Correction, Corneal Refractive Therapy and CRT), refers to the creation of gas permeable contact lenses that temporarily reshape the cornea to reduce refractive errors such as myopia, farsightedness and astigmatism.

This method can be used as an alternative to eyeglasses, refractive surgery, or for those who prefer not to wear contact lenses during the day.

Coloured Lenses

Available in daily or monthly form, coloured lenses are available to order as a fun alternative to what you wear. The prescription range is more limited compared to other types, but for a special occasion they are great to have.

For more information on prescription range or colours, please contact us in store.

Rigid Lenses

Rigid gas permeable lenses are rigid contact lenses made of oxygen-permeable polymers. Initially developed in the late 1970s, and through the 1980s and 1990s, they were an improvement over prior ‘hard’ lenses that restricted oxygen transmission to the eye.

Rigid lenses are able to replace the natural shape of the cornea with a new refracting surface. This means that a regular (spherical) rigid contact lens can provide good level of vision in people who have astigmatism or distorted corneal shapes as with keratoconus. However, they require a period of adaptation before full comfort is achieved.