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Varifocal (for Presbyopia)

As our eyes age, the crystalline lens inside becomes harder and can no longer change shape to vary its focus. This means that after the age of 45-50, we all find that we need extra help adjusting our focus from distance to near. These Varifocal contact lens options provide a stronger prescription for near, allowing you to read more comfortably without glasses, whilst maintaining great distance vision at the same time!

Toric (for Astigmatism)

Whilst the more common short & long sighted prescriptions can be corrected with standard "spherical" contact lenses, Astigmatic Prescriptions require a "toric" lens. These more specialised lenses allow better accuracy at correcting the distortion that's seen at all distances with an astigmatic or "rugby-ball shaped" eye. Toric lenses are now available in more and more varieties, including Daily Disposable, Monthly Reusable, Traditional Hydrogel, or breathable Silicon Hydrogel materials.


Available for:

Short Sight, Far Sight, Astigmatism, Presbyopia (Varifocal).

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An alternative to wearing glasses is to wear contact lenses. These lenses are tiny plastic discs, which are placed on the eye and serve the same purpose as glasses, by artificially improving the eyesight of the individual.

Contact lenses can help to rectify both long and short-sightedness and also offer practical solutions to those that enjoy playing contact sports, or for those who prefer not to wear spectacles for aesthetic reasons.

Your eyes will need to be examined and then, if appropriate, contact lenses will need to be fitted by the optician. They will also provide important advice and guidance on how to fit lenses, remove them and how to safely store them.

Believe it or not there is a vast array of lenses available and they come in a host of shapes and sizes. A member of
Walker & Reid's optometry team can advise on which type of lens will suit you best, depending on your prescription, size and dimensions of your eye.

Walker & Reid’s expert team of opticians can also offer guidance on the type of contact lens worn, for example different lenses vary in the duration of time for which they can safely be used. Single use contact lenses are only worn once and then must be disposed of after use. Fortnightly and monthly wear lenses are worn for the appropriate time-frame.

We aim to offer the best solutions to meet the client's vision requirements, and the condition of their eyes. We will fit an extensive range of contact lenses to achieve our goal of providing expert eye-care at economical rates.

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Daily Disposable

Great for both occasional and full time wearers, Daily Disposables are quickly becoming the best modality in contact lens wear! By using a brand new lens every day, your eye is much less likely to develop microbial infections (compared with traditional re-usable lenses) and whereas original Daily Disposables may have been dry or unsuitable for long days, modern materials such as Alcon's Water Gradient Technology in 'Dailies Total 1' enable comfortable & healthy lens wear all day every day.

Available for:

Short Sight, Far Sight, Astigmatism, Presbyopia (Varifocal).

2 Weekly - Monthly

Great for full time wearers, reusable contact lenses have been around for many years and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. These rely on greater care, as a single lens sometimes has to last up to 3 months, but can be more cost effective when worn full time. The wide range of reusable lenses means that they can be better for people with stronger prescriptions (which may not be available in a daily disposable). Modern reusable lenses tend to be made of Silicon Hydrogel materials, which enable more oxygen to the front of your eye, thereby allowing a longer wear time and even overnight wear - imagine waking up with clear vision!

Available for:

Short Sight, Far Sight, Astigmatism, Presbyopia (Varifocal).

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