Contact Lenses

  • Contact lens fitting for all prescriptions
  • Daily disposable lenses
  • Multifocal contact lenses
  • Bespoke lenses for complex prescriptions or eye disease
  • Colored contact lenses

Contact lenses are a fantastic alternative to spectacles, particularly for activities such as sport, work or social activities. With recent advances in design technology, contact lenses are now more comfortable, easier to care for and are more affordable.

Most people can successfully wear contact lenses. The most common type of contact lenses are daily disposable lenses which are worn once and discarded; no cleaning or disinfection required. These are available in most prescriptions including astigmatism and multifocal corrections. Contact lenses can be successfully alternated with glasses, and most wearers will work out a balance that suits their lifestyle without compromising day to day vision comfort.

If you decide you would like to try contact lenses your optometrist will be able to advise you on the best type for your individual needs.

Contact lenses vary in a number of ways:

  • Daily disposable lenses are designed to be used once and then discarded; ideal for occasional sport, work or social use
  • Some soft lenses are designed to be used for longer periods- 2 weekly, monthly or in some instances even longer
  • Multifocal lenses are also available for those requiring different correction for distance and near
  • Rigid (RGP) lenses remain a relevant correction for full time contact lens wearers, especially those who have been wearing these lenses for years
  • Rigid contact lenses can also be used to improve vision in certain eye diseases, especially keratoconus
  • Contact lenses can be tinted for a subtle or more dramatic cosmetic effect

As contact lenses sit directly on the eye tissue it is vital that they are fitted and assessed by your optometrist, maximizing comfort and minimizing the risk of infection.

What’s involved?

  • Contact lens fitting involves a number of visits. Medicare generally covers the initial examination. Subsequent consultations are generally not covered by Medicare unless your prescription falls within certain guidelines.
  • At the second visit your optometrist will teach you insertion and removal, handling and care of your contact lenses. You will be given a pair of lenses at this appointment to trial for comfort and clarity of vision.
  • It is most important after the initial trial of lenses that you return wearing the lenses for further assessment. In some cases the lens fit may need to be altered to give optimum comfort or vision, so several visits may be needed. Extended wear lenses require more visits in the initial fitting phase to ensure eye health and vision are not being affected.
  • Once a successful fit has been established, we recommend an examination every twelve months if you are wearing the lenses more than a few days a week, and every six months for extended wear lenses.

What does it cost?

  1. Initial comprehensive visit is a scheduled fee and claimable from Medicare.
  2. Contact Lens fitting including teaching insertion and removal, trial lenses as needed and follow up visits to assess comfort, eye health, fit and vision. (Generally not claimable from Medicare)
  3. Contact lens costs vary according to the type of lens prescribed and quantity purchased. If the lenses are designed to be used for more than one day the cost of solutions to maintain them will also need to be considered.