The needs and wearing habits of contact lens wearers are as different as the wearers themselves. Contact lenses have seen further technological advances over the
past ten years, and these days it is possible to fit monthly and daily lenses as an alternative to spectacles to most prescriptions,
including patients with astigmatism and bifocal/ vari-focal users.
Ellis and Killpartrick stock a wide range of different contact lenses by leading manufacturers including Alcon / Ciba, Johnson & Johnson, Sauflon,
Cooper Vision, Bausch & Lomb and other specialist manufacturers, with the objective to find the most suitable lens in order to provide all
day comfortable clear vision.
For most first time users, the biggest hurdle is getting through the thought of “putting something in your eye”.
This is natural, as we learn from experience that having “something in your eye” is generally unpleasant and best avoided.
To help get through this very understandable concern, our experienced contact lens practitioners will examine your eyes and select
the most comfortable suitable lens to let you try at no charge.
If you would like to try some of the very latest types of contact lenses, please contact us to book a free suitability
appointment at your convenience.
Handling and fitting appointments
If you decide you would like to go further, you would then be taught the easiest techniques for inserting and removing lenses.
Ellis and Killpartrick recognise the importance of mastering these techniques quickly, and offer additional refresher tuition
if rapid progress is not made.
All contact lens fitting and aftercare at Ellis and Killpartrick practices is undertaken and supervised by the more highly
qualified optometrists; we do not use dispensing opticians to carry out contact lens work. Fees cover all aspects of fitting
and ongoing aftercare which includes normal eye examination, and will depend on the type of lenses fitted.
Typically most lens wearers would be covered by a fee package of £6 -£10 per month.
Daily disposable lenses
We recommend Daily disposable lenses due to:-
high levels of oxygen
no cleaning of lenses
more hygienic as no maintenance or storage cases
Versatile and comfortable - Semi-disposable lenses
These are either fortnightly or monthly change systems and may be preferred if daily lenses are unsuitable.
They do require cleaning and maintenance, and have to be stored in chemical disinfectants.
Gas Permeable Hard lenses
Hard lenses are usually mainly used for difficult types of prescription which may make it difficult to achieve a satisfactory
standard of vision with soft lenses. Replacement frequency depends on the type of material.
Lenses can be supplied directly via a home delivery service or collected from the practice. UK regulations governing
the supply of lens require that lenses can only be supplied to a “current prescription”. To comply with this requirement,
a contact lens check must be carried out every twelve months.