Am I Suitable for Contact Lenses?


If I had a fiver every time someone asked me this question over 20 plus years of contact lens fitting experience I would have been off to the Bahamas a long time ago!

The question however is not so clear cut, there are many considerations when someone first presents for a contact lens consultation. Not only whether they are suitable for contact lenses per say but which type, which material, which disinfecting system, which modality. The list goes on and not forgetting which price range.

From a prescription point of view, it’s a shame that some spectacle wearers or previous lapsed contact lens wearers presume contact lenses are not suitable for them relating to information that is now out of date. Contact lens materials particularly have improved tremendously over the last few years and computer aided software has meant that prescriptions and designs that had previously been impossible are now in regular use including lenses for high astigmatism, multifocal designs for those of us needing reading glasses and let’s not forget complex custom made designs. It is worth noting however that unlike us, not all opticians have access to all lens designs as some have a limited range of contact lens suppliers.

Consequently your prescription is no boundary to wearing contact lenses, however there are other considerations…

Age and dexterity?

All age ranges wear contact lenses at Paul Cheetham Eyecare from young children (sometimes just for sport) to the elderly, as long as the eyes are healthy and lens handling is possible. Parents can be involved and taught to safely apply and remove contact lenses for very young if this is deemed necessary.

Responsible and compliant?