350 Bradford Rd Castle Bromwich Birmingham B36 9AD
Ellis Opticians 0121 747 2115 T Cox Opticians 0121 327 1814

Contact Lenses

We offer a full contact lens fitting and aftercare service, taking care to fit you so you get the best vision and comfort.

We supply a wide range of contact lenses.

We offer an initial appointment to assess your suitability for contact lenses and to discuss with you what to expect from them.

 Using specialised equipment the best fit will be determined. You will be taught how to use your lenses, in a relaxed and easy environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I wearing the correct contact lenses for my eyes?

In the last few years there have been huge technological advances in the contact lens market. Not only are there many different types of lenses available to suit different requirements- e.g daily wear disposable , weekly wear and extended wear lenses –  but lenses are now produced using a variety of materials making them suitable for most eyes. In the vast majority of cases we can normally select a lens that will be compatible for most people. Frequently the discomfort experienced by contact lens wearers leading them to abandon wearing the lens can quite simply be due to the wrong type of lens being prescribed.

What are the problems encountered by contact lens wearers?

General contact lens related problems are

1. Itchy eyes whilst wearing contact lenses

2. Itchiness on removing contact lenses

3. Early morning sticky cheeselike discharge

4. End of day dryness

5. On/off blurring/ hazy vision

6. Eyelids feel heavy

7. Red eyes

8. Discomfort when lenses worn for several hours

Why are aftercare visits important for contact lens wearers?

Regular aftercare visits are very important to ensure that any changes in the health of the eye are monitored. The optician will use a slit lamp to check that the lens is not causing the blood vessels in the eye to be inflamed causing irritation. He will also check to see that the fit is correct and does not require any modification as well as check to ensure that the back of the eyelids are not inflamed. Symptoms such as dry eyes at the end of the day, red eye syndrome, itchy eyes ,inflamed eyelids are the main reasons for failure to wear contact lenses over the long term. The examination will enable the optician to detect any problems present in the eye early and allow the optician to make modification as necessary.

I am a failed contact lens wearer – is there any hope for me?

This will depend on why you have failed in the first place. For many, it can be due to the problems mentioned above. For many it is due to  the lens prescribed not being suitable for the eye , ill fitting of the lens or allergy to the solution used. With the improvements made in the manufacture of the contact lenses and the different types now available, in my experience many lapsed wearers are once again enjoying wearing their contact lenses again.

I have been told that I have dry eyes – can I still wear contact lenses?

This is one of the most common complaints that we come across. Failed contact lens wearers frequently cite this as the main reason that they withdrew from wearing lenses. However this is a condition that can be alleviated and managed. The optician first needs to address  the causes of the dry eyes and then manage the symptoms by prescribing lubricants, teaching the patient lid care hygiene and making changes to the diet. By making these changes most patients can successfully wear contact lenses although the duration will depend on the severity of their problem.

Contact Lens Replacement Scheme

 The cost of contact lenses can be drastically reduced if a monthly standing order is set up. Members of our scheme benefit from a complete eye care service and some of the lowest prices for contact lenses as well as 20% off spectacle and sunglass purchases. Also, there will be great savings on contact lens solutions if non daily disposables are purchased. Contact Lenses start from as little as £7.00 per month.

Contact Lens Prices:

Our standard monthly contact lenses are £7 a month,

Breathable (silicone Hydrogel) contact lenses are £10 a month

Toric Contact Lenses (to correct astigmatism) are £15 a month

Daily disposable contact lenses £23 per month (30 pairs)