Contact Lens Clinics

‌Contact lenses offer you a choice - a choice of how you wish to manage your prescription in your everyday life and all that that involves - without spectacles.  Modern day lenses include a vast variety of lens designs which can now be fitted to correct all types of optical prescriptions – lenses for myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), lenses for astigmatism (toric lenses), coloured contact lenses, multifocal lenses (for presbyopia) and lenses for ocular pathology/disease (e.g. keratoconus lenses, scleral lenses, x-chrom lens).

Throughout the academic year both third and fourth year Optometry students hold contact lens clinics under the guidance and supervision of qualified and experienced contact lens practitioners.

Visits are typically 90 minutes long, with the initial visit dedicated to assessing the patient’s tear film and their eyes’ over-all suitability for contact lenses.  Once the initial information is recorded then the patient, student and supervisor discuss the various contact lens options that the patients can choose from.  All lens types are catered for including rigid gas permeable lenses.  There are no consultation fees in these teaching clinics, but there is a time commitment required from the patient.

Before going home with your new contact lenses, patients will be shown how to insert and remove their own specific lenses, given written information about the type of lenses they are wearing and how best to care for their lenses.  An aftercare appointment will be issued to you on your departure with your new lenses and you are asked to return for this important visit both to check the lenses and the corneal health after you have worn them for about a week.

Whilst a lot of our patients are new to contact lenses, existing contact lens wearers are also most welcome to the clinics. To make an appointment for the contact lens clinic please phone The National Optometry Centre on 01 402 4900 or contact us here

Patients should be aware of the fact that an up-to-date spectacle prescription is required before contact lenses can be fit,  and as such are advised to visit us for a full eye examination before attending the contact lens clinic.

Contact lens fitting and aftercare services are also provided year-round through our professional clinics.

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