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Glasses or Lenses? The Right Choice.

Contact Lenses in London


Woman putting on contact lenses

Whether you wear glasses or contacts, it's important to know the difference between lenses and glasses. It's also necessary to learn about contact lens care and how to choose the right type for your eyes! Your friendly Optician in London is here to help you, which is why we have put together a handy guide on choosing the correct contact lenses for you. Our Optometrists are trained in dispensing the correct contact lenses for your eyes.



What are the different Contact lenses available?

  • Soft Daily Disposable Lenses

Looking for a convenient, no-fuss way to wear contacts? Soft disposable lenses are perfect for those who want a daily lens solution without all the mess and hassle. These comfortable lenses are perfect for part-time wearers or anyone looking for an easy-to-use contact lens solution. Plus, they're economical and perfect for those on a budget!

Pack of Soft Daily Disposable Lenses

  • Soft Monthly/Fortnightly Lenses

Soft Monthly/Fortnightly Lenses are perfect for those who want a better value option to daily disposable lenses. These lenses can be worn overnight, but they must be cleaned and stored on a nightly basis.

  • Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal lenses are the perfect solution for those who want to correct their distance and near vision simultaneously. Whether you're looking for disposable or monthly/fortnightly lenses, we've got you covered with a variety of solutions and care products.

  • Toric Lenses

Toric lenses offer the perfect prescription for those who suffer from astigmatism. Unlike other corrective lenses, toric lenses are designed specifically to fit the shape of your eye, ensuring a comfortable and accurate fit. Whether you choose disposable or monthly/fortnightly lenses, you'll need the right solutions and care to keep your vision clear and healthy.

  • Gas Permeable Lenses

This type of hard contact lens are used to shape the eyeball and correct astigmatisms or high prescriptions. They are made of a rigid gas-permeable material and offer certain users more comfort than soft alternatives.



Advantages of wearing contact lenses as opposed to Glasses


Contact Lenses are thin, semi-transparent discs that sit directly on the eye. They replace eyeglasses and allow people to see clearly without wearing glasses or using their hands! Contact lenses can be worn for different lengths of time, depending upon what type they are. Daily contacts usually last one day before you take them out; weekly contacts are worn for one week before being replaced. Contact lenses can also be extended wear, which means you can leave them in for up to 30 days without taking them out! All of the different types of contact lens have their own advantages and disadvantages that will affect your eyesight differently.


For example, daily contacts correct near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. However, daily contacts can be a little uncomfortable to wear because your eyes need time to adjust to them. Contact lenses also allow you to have more freedom because you don't always need your glasses! Contact lenses are a great option for those who want/need corrective vision but either can’t afford or simply prefer not to wear eyeglasses.


There is also an alternative type of contact lens that doesn't correct vision, it just helps people see better in the dark! Contact lenses that are used for low-light vision have a special pigment on them called photochromatic. This means the contacts darken when they're exposed to ultraviolet light, allowing you to see better in bright situations!


Disadvantages of wearing contact lenses


When you wear contact lenses, there are some factors that come into play, other than just the comfort of feeling fresh. The biggest disadvantages are susceptibility to disease and an increased risk of eye infection that could lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

The downside of using contact lenses is similar to glasses: eyes can become irritated or dry after wearing either one too much. Contact lenses and eyes also need to be monitored by a doctor regularly to ensure that they're healthy. However, daily contact lenses can be a little uncomfortable to wear because your eyes need time to adjust to them.


Contact lenses are also more difficult to clean thoroughly which can lead to irritation in the eyes. Contacts have a higher rate of successful use when they meet different contact correction needs while still maintaining comfortableness and being worn for long periods of time. If you have astigmatism or have difficulty distinguishing between objects because your cornea has problems with focusing light on them, then contacts may be able to correct this problem for you at least temporarily until surgery can remedy it permanently.


Book your Contact Lens Consultation today with Eyelink Opticians


As we’ve seen, it is important to understand the difference between lenses and glasses. It is also necessary to learn about contact lens care and how to choose the right type for your eyes! Your friendly Optician in London can help you with these things- so book your Contact Lens Consultation today! Our optometrists are trained in dispensing the correct contact lenses for your eyes and will always provide an up-to-date prescription for you.