We fit all types of contact lenses at Aves, and almost everyone is suitable to wear them. Age, whether young or old, is certainly not a barrier. So whether you’d like to try lenses for sport or fancy a replacement from varifocal glasses, do talk to us about trying contact lenses.
People choose to wear contact lenses for many different reasons. For some, contact lenses replace their spectacles for everyday wear, whilst others enjoy the flexibility of wearing contact lenses some of the time, e.g. for sport, socially or on holiday.
Benefits of contact lenses
- Cosmetically attractive
- All round field of view
- Easy to use
- Safe for sports
- Improved confidence
- Convenient for daily wear, occasional wear or even overnight
- Don't steam up
- Wear in the rain.
- Freedom from spectacles
Recent years have seen great improvements in contact lens design. With the development of new contact lens materials and designs we are improving the fit and comfort of contact lenses all the time. With the advent of daily disposable, astigmatic and multifocal contact lenses, there is now a lens to suit almost every wearer whether it is disposable, re-usable or a specially designed bespoke lens.
Thinking of starting to wear contact lenses?
The first step is to find out about the type of lens that may be suitable for you. This depends on many factors including:
- Your prescription
- How often you want to wear your lenses
- Your occupation and work environment
- Your tear film and eye sensitivity
First of all we’ll do a full eye examination to find your prescription and to check that your eyes are healthy, followed by a specific contact lens fitting. During the fitting, you will wear diagnostic contact lenses to check your suitability for contact lens wear. Further checks of your eyes and tear film help to assess the most suitable type of lens for your personal needs.
At Aves you are not committed to purchase lenses at your initial visit – if you decide lenses are not for you, you will simply pay for your eye examination and the initial fitting fee. However, if you get on well at the initial fitting,we will teach you how to handle and care for the lenses, so that you can take some home to try. After a follow up appointment a few days later, we can then go ahead and order lenses.
How much will my lenses cost?
The cost of your lenses depends on which type fits your lifestyle. Whether you want to wear your lenses every day or just for sports, we have the lens for you
As independent practitioners, we can source our contact lenses from all manufacturers and our prices are comparable with supermarkets and internet suppliers. You choose whether you want to purchase contact lenses as you go along or as part of our Care Plan with full professional cover, on a monthly direct debit payment.
Most patients choose our Care Plan because it spreads the cost, includes all your contact lens check-ups and free replacement lenses if lost or damaged. You also get great discounts on spectacles and sunglasses.
Daily Disposables start at around £1 per day including all your contact lens are. Monthly disposables start from as little as 70p per day including all contact lens check ups, cleaning solutions and regular lens supply.
What’s new in Contact Lenses
As independent optometrists, Aves are able to fit any brand of contact lens.This is great for you, because it means that we can ensure that you get the best possible contact lens to suit you.
Silicon hydrogel is the new buzz word in contact lens materials.This extremely comfortable lens material lets more oxygen through to the eye than any other lens material. This allows the eye to “breathe” as if you didn’t have a contact lens on the eye at all. As well as being the healthiest option on the market, it’s also the most comfortable, as it doesn’t tend to dry out like other water-based materials can do. Silicon hydrogel contact lenses are now available from all the major suppliers as daily disposables as well as re-usable 2 weekly and monthly lenses. They are also available as toric lenses, which correct astigmatism and as multifocal lenses for those who need more help with their reading vision.
Multifocal lenses correct a condition called presbyopia, which is the difficulty we encounter with reading in our 40s. These amazing contact lenses allow good vision for both distance and near, without the need for reading glasses, which most of us start to need as we get older.
At the other end of the spectrum is a daily disposable contact lens designed for children and teenagers who are becoming short sighted. It is the only contact lens in the world designed and licensed to slow down/halt the progression of short sightedness in young people. This contact lens is not widely available in the UK yet – Aves in Epping have been selected as one of the first practices in the UK to fit this ground-breaking new contact lens.
What is Ortho K?
Ortho K offers a new dawn for vision correction, clear, comfortable vision without the need to wear contact lenses at all during the day. No more restrictions on how long you wear your lenses, no more irritation in dry, smoky environments or at the end of a long day. Simply by wearing specially designed contact lenses overnight, you can achieve perfect vision without contact lenses all day long. Ortho K provides a safe, non-permanent alternative to laser refractive surgery.
Is this a permanent vision correction?
No, Ortho K is completely reversible. It can be thought of as a non-permanent alternative to laser refractive surgery. Over time the cornea gradually returns to its natural shape. The contact lens is reinserted at night to re-establish the corrected shape of the cornea. After several weeks of Ortho K some people find that the lenses need only be used every other night. If at any point you wish to discontinue Ortho K, your eyes will return to normal after one to two weeks without wearing the contact lens.
Who can have Ortho K?
At present Ortho K is suitable for people with moderate short sightedness and only a small amount of astigmatism. Please speak to one of our team to find out if your prescription is suitable for Ortho K.
Is Ortho K safe?
Ortho K has been shown to produce no permanent change to the eye. As with any contact lens wear there is a very small risk of eye infections, some of which can have a permanent effect on vision. The risk of infection amongst contact lens wearers is known to be highest in those who over-wear their lenses and in those who do not clean their lenses thoroughly.
In Ortho K these risks are minimised by
- Removing the contact lenses on waking (the eye enjoys a perfectly natural environment during the day)
- Following careful hygiene procedures
- Replacing the contact lenses regularly to ensure that they are always in optimum condition
- Attending for regular follow up as requested
- Using the latest ultra-oxygen permeable contact lens materials
How does it work?
Ortho K works by placing a contact lens onto the eye only during sleep. While the contact lens is in the eye it gently flattens the front surface of the cornea (the transparent focussing window at the front of the eye). In the morning the contact lens is removed from the eye. The cornea retains its new shape allowing the eye to focus clearly without the need for contact lenses or spectacles.
Do I still need to clean my contact lenses?
Hygiene is extremely important in Ortho K. However, the cleaning routine for Ortho K lenses is just the same as that for any re-usable contact lenses.
How long do the lenses last?
Your lenses need to be in perfect condition at all times. Scratched and damaged lenses increase the risk of eye infection, while distorted lenses will not produce the precise Ortho K effect required for clear vision. Lenses are therefore replaced on a planned six-monthly cycle.
Are the contact lenses comfortable to wear?
Most people will have some sensation from the lenses when they are first inserted but this disappears once your eyes are closed for sleep
How long does it take to be able to see well without glasses?
Your vision without glasses or contact lenses will improve rapidly within the first few days but your vision may vary during the course of the day. It may settle within three or four days but could take up to two weeks to get the full
Ortho K effect. During this transition period you will be issued with daily disposable contact lenses to correct your vision as required.
What is so good about Ortho K?
- Clear, comfortable vision without the need for any spectacles or contact lenses all day long.
- No problems of lens dryness or discomfort - problems many contact lens wearers experience, particularly when working in air conditioned, dry or dusty atmospheres.
- No worries about lost or dislodged lenses during the day.
- No worries about swimming or using hot tubs, saunas etc.
- Lenses are cleaned first thing in the morning, not last thing at night.
Why are Ortho K lenses special?
At your initial appointment, the optometrist will take a 3D computerised map of your cornea. The lenses are then designed and made according to the map and are therefore unique to your eyes. The lenses are made using the latest ultra-oxygen permeable materials to ensure that your closed eye gets all the oxygen it needs during sleep. Further maps are made at subsequent appointments to allow the optometrist to see precisely how the contact lenses are reshaping the cornea.
How many appointments will I need?
We would expect to see you about 4 to 5 times in the first two weeks. Once the full Ortho K effect has been achieved you will be regularly reviewed every 3 to 6 months.
How can I try Ortho K?
First of all, we need to carry out an eye examination to check your prescription, then we can move onto Ortho K. The first stage of Ortho K is an assessment appointment. Your eyes, and particularly your corneas, will be carefully examined to ensure that they are healthy and the computerised corneal mapping will be carried out. The results of the mapping will allow Ortho K contact lenses to be designed specifically for you and will also
give us a better indication of your suitability for Ortho K. This is a good opportunity for answering any queries you may have regarding Ortho K.
After the initial assessment, your contact lenses will be ordered and we can begin Ortho K
How much does Ortho K cost?
Initial assessment visit, fitting and instruction (excludes eye examination) £50.00
First pair of lenses £120.00
(£170.00 if toric lens required)
Monthly payments (includes consultation fees and replacement lenses every six months)
£38.00 (£42.00 including solutions)