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What are the symptoms of Vision Problems?

Following is a partial list of symptoms in children and adults which indicate the need for a complete vision analysis:
*    Headaches
*    Blurred or double vision
*    Crossed or turned eyes
*    Abnormal Blinking or extensive eye rubbing
*    Dislike or avoidance of close work
*    Lack of Concentration
*    Placing head close to a book when reading or writing
*    Frowning while looking at the TV or blackboard
*    Difficulty in reading small and fine print
​*    Difficulty adjusting focus between near and far objects


​How long does it take for an eye test?

A healthy person can undergo a Precision Eye Test in less than 20 minutes, while for older people or those suffering from diabetes or other ailments, it may take much longer.


Is it difficult to wear contact lenses?

Not at all. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how comfortable it is to wear contact lenses. Initially, your eyes may react to the new sensation, but within minutes most people tend to get used to wearing contact lenses, that they even forget they are wearing them.


Why do people choose contact lenses instead of spectacles?

Because contact lens sit directly on your eye they move with your eyes as you change your view so you have a natural field of view, without a frame getting in your way.

*The lens is directly on your eye so does not magnify or minify your eyes or your view as spectacle lenses would.

*They do not steam up like spectacle lenses. You have more freedom to play sports if you don’t wear spectacles.

*Some people prefer their appearance without glasses on. Contact lenses tend to give better vision than spectacle lenses as they are directly on the surface of your eye.

*Contact lenses may give better vision than spectacles for some visual conditions such as severe short - sightedness, long - sightedness or corneal distortion, or after cataract removal.


Am I too old to wear contact lenses?

No! Wearing contact lenses depends on the health of your eyes and your prescription. Your eyes may be slightly drier if you are older, but this doesn’t mean you can’t wear contact lenses at all. Your Contact Lens Optician will decide on the contact lens most compatible for you.


What are the different types of contact lenses available?

There are various kinds of contact lenses available for different purposes. They are :

*Rigid Hard Lenses and Rigid gas Permeable Lenses (semi - soft lenses).

*Soft daily wear and Disposable Contact Lenses.

*Tinted & Coloured Contact Lenses.

*Toric soft contact lenses for astigmatism.


Are soft or gas permeable contact lenses best?

This really depends on how you look at it! Several factors are involved – prescription, comfort, cost, eye health, lifestyle. Soft contact lenses let less oxygen through to the eye than gas permeable contact lenses, so aren’t quite as healthy. This would make you think that everyone would wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses, wouldn’t it? Well, it’s the opposite – about 85% of contact lens wearers have soft contact lenses. The reasons for this are that rigid gas permeable lenses are more difficult to get used to as, initially, they are less comfortable. Gas permeable contact lenses are also not used for sport as they can be dislodged from the centre of the cornea. They should also be worn daily so the cornea can learn to tolerate the lens. This would now make you think, why does anyone wear gas permeable contact lenses! Well, they are much healthier for the eye, they are smaller, give excellent vision, the solutions to clean them are simpler and cheaper, they last longer and can correct astigmatism automatically. So, there is no “best” contact lens – it really depends on several individual factors which your Contact Lens Optician will discuss with you.


Can contact lenses be worn all the time?

Though there are a few types of lenses that can be worn over - night, most lenses need to be removed, cleaned and disinfected every day. Ask your optician for instructions on how to care for your lenses and your eyes.


Can contact lenses damage your eyes?

Contact lenses will not damage the eye if instructions of the optician are followed and the contact lenses are cleaned and disinfected regularly. If one does experience any redness or irritation, it is advisable to consult on the problem with ones optician immediately.


Can dry eye be cured?

Dry Eye can be treated in several ways, the most common being the use of comfort drops or Artificial Tears to lubricate the eyes and replace the tears.


Can I still wear my contact lenses if I have conjuntivitis?

No. If you put your contact lenses in you will keep re-infecting your eyes and there is more chance that it will spread to both eyes. Even if you have been recommended antibacterial drops, you still need to keep your contact lenses out.


Can I wear my contact lenses if I am pregnant?

Your body and therefore your vision will undergo several changes now you are pregnant. An increase in hormones often causes temporary eye conditions, but vision generally returns to normal after you have given birth. The most common symptoms are dry, irritated eyes, distorted vision & blurred vision. Your cornea may swell and make contact lens wear uncomfortable, but not all pregnant contact lens wearers have problems.


Can I swim with my contact’s on?

Your Optometrist will discuss this with you. Firstly, the contact lens could be washed out of your eye. Secondly, a swimming pool is full of bacteria and chemicals that will be absorbed by the contact lens. These will then remain in contact with your eyes until you remove the contact lenses, which can cause discomfort and possibly infection. It is much better to wear prescription swimming goggles.


Can my child wear contact lenses?

Very young children are usually only offered contact lenses in special circumstances. This is because they need a high level of care and maintenance to limit the risk of eye infection. They will also need frequent check-ups by a Contact Lens Optician to check that the health of their eye is not being affected. Older children, once they are responsible enough, should be able to wear contact lenses. Often, they are offered daily disposable lenses to wear occasionally for sport. This ensures that the child is always wearing a clean sterile lens, as they may not understand the importance of good lens hygiene.


What is the purpose of sunglasses?

Sunglasses are worn mainly to eliminate the effect of bright light and to protect against ultraviolet and infrared radiation.


Should children wear sunglasses?

Children are especially at risk from Ultraviolet radiation because of the extended periods of time they spend outdoors. A good pair of sunglasses is good protection for children. Consult with your optician for the ideal pair sunglasses for your child.


What is Ultraviolet Radiation and what are its effects on the eye?

Ultraviolet and Infrared Radiation is a component of solar energy. Most UV radiations that strike the eye are absorbed by the cornea which can cause it to get inflamed. When UV radiation gets past the cornea it may affect lens and is responsible for the formation of cataract.


How are the effects of UV radiation best avoided?

The best way to avoid UV radiation is by avoiding the sun, wearing a hat and most importantly investing in a good pair of sunglasses.


Are tinted glasses OK for driving?

If you have a tint on your lenses they are suitable for driving in normal conditions. However, a tint is not recommended in poor conditions, such as fog, snow and heavy rain and at night. This also applies to sunglasses. Photochromic lenses may not react as quickly inside a car as they do outside, as the windscreen blocks the UV light needed to help the lenses react.


Do you offer a fitting and after care service?

Yes our store offers full aftercare services through our team of fully qualified Optometrists, Contact Lens Opticians and their highly trained associates.


How do I know I need an anti reflective coating on my lenses?

Everyone can benefit from an anti-reflection coating, as it increases contrast and clarity and reduces reflections. You will benefit further if you do any of the following; Use a VDU; Work in artificial light; Drive at night; Wear High-Index lenses; Notice reflections on your spectacle lenses. Your Optometrist and Dispensing Optician can advise you.


I sit in front of the computer through out the day. What options should I choose for my glasses?

An anti-reflection coating is the best option for you, as it helps reduce the glare from your computer screen. Your Optometrist or Dispensing Optician can advise you.


What is the best way to extend the life of my glasses?


Keep your lenses clean by washing them twice daily in normal tap water or with any special lens cleaner. Dry them with a soft cotton towel or a special eyeglass cleaning cloth. When not in use, keep them in their protective case. Never place them face down on their lenses.this will prevent the scratching of the lenses.Always use both hands while putting on or taking off your glasses, holding the temples midway on each side and sliding them backwards over your eyes.

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general faq'S

What is Emmetropia?

Emmetropia is the ideal condition in which objects are focused sharply on the retina where one does not require any spectacle or contact lens correction.​


​WHAT IS PHOTOPHOBIA?

Photophobia is an intolerance or fear of light.​


WHAT IS AMBLYOPIA?

Amblyopia is a reduced vision, generally in only one eye. The condition usually results from poor eye co-ordination, from having a turned eye, or after having one eye which requires a far greater lens power than the other eye.​


WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?

​Glaucoma is a disease where the pressure within the eye is typically increased (although not always). This can damage parts of the eye, and if left untreated may result in blindness.


WHAT IS CATARACT?

​Cataract is an opacity or clouding of the lens inside the eye, thereby distorting the light as it enters the eye. Cataract is often confused with pterygium but cataract cannot be seen on the surface of the eye.


WHAT IS PTERYGIUM?


​Pterygium is a triangular growth of degenerative tissue on the white of the eye (sclera), usually on the nasal side, that may extend onto the clear window of the eye called the cornea.


WHAT ARE SPOTS & FLOATERS?


Spots and floaters are semi-transparent specks of natural materials inside the eye, which sometimes can be seen floating in the field of vision that are caused by debris left over from before birth, injury or eye disease. A full eye examination will determine the cause and whether any follow-up is needed


WHAT IS COLOUR VISION & COLOUR BLINDNESS?

A routine part of our eye examinations is an assessment of colour vision, especially for children. Colour blindness is almost always inherited, although it can be acquired condition as a result of some diseases or injuries.


WHAT IS ABERRATION?


​Aberration is the phenomenon that occurs when light traveling through the media i.e. the cornea or the lens of the eye , and it does not form a perfect image.​