Contact lens types

As contact lens specialists, it’s our job to find the best lenses to suit your lifestyle but here’s a simply summary of lens types currently on the market.

Soft Daily Disposable Lenses

Soft contact lenses, also referred as disposable contact lenses, are an economical solution for part-time wearers as well as those who want a convenient, no-fuss daily contacts as there are no solutions or cleaning required.

Soft Weekly/Fortnightly Lenses

Certain soft contact lens models can be worn overnight but the vast majority do require cleaning and storing on a nightly basis.  Ideal for those who want a better value option to daily disposables.

Gas Permeable Lenses

A type of hard contact lens used to shape the eyeball to correct astigmatisms or very high prescriptions, gas permeable lenses offer certain users more comfort than soft alternatives.  There is a much improved oxygen flow so dry eyes are less of an issue.  They do require cleaning and storing.

Toric Lenses

Also used to correct astigmatisms, toric contact lenses are specially designed to fit the shape of the eye.  Disposable or weekly/fortnightly lens options are available which will determine the need for solutions and care.

Multifocal Lenses

These contacts are used just like varifocal or bifocal glasses.  Disposable or weekly/fortnightly lenses are available which will determine the need for solutions and care.

Other speciality lenses

And our extensive contact with labs and suppliers both in the UK and overseas means we are often able to offer free contact lens trials and early access to newly launched lenses on the market.

We specialise in complex lenses for conditions such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration and aphakia as well as handpainted and cosmetic prosthetic lenses and shells. We have held a unique contract with the NHS for over 20 years to provide complex contact lens fitting on their behalf giving us unparralled experience with conditions most other practices have only seen a handful of times.

We offer first-time contact lens wearers an initial handling session with unlimited follow-ups.  For infants and young children, we do fittings but can train parents or guardians and are on hand to deal with any hiccups should they arise.  Typically young people start to take over their handling around 10 years old and our oldest contact lens patient is in her 90’s – it’s never too late to start.


Contact lens costs vary according to the complexity of prescription so we do not offer price plans where lenses are grouped into categories to suit budgets as we prescribe according to the clinical needs of the patient.  The result is the best product on the market at all times.

Patients who join our direct debit scheme benefit by receiving a discount on their contacts throughout the year as well, as no charge for their annual or subsequent examinations.  This includes all digital photography as well as additional tests if required.  Overall this represents quite a saving.

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