Contact lenses cover a wide range of prescriptions, so if you thought your
prescription was too complicated, or you need more than one vision type, there’s
a good chance we can find a contact lens for you.
Are contact lens prescriptions the same as glasses?
If you currently wear glasses and are thinking of switching to contact lenses, you may have assumed that your glasses prescription would simply carry over to your lenses. Unfortunately, that’s not the case; the two prescriptions are different.
The optics of the lenses in spectacles and contacts are different. This is because glasses are perched on your nose, at a short distance from your eyes, whereas contact lenses sit on the surface of your eye. Therefore, the two need different prescriptions to give you the best vision correction, and you should not transfer your prescription manually from glasses to contacts.
While your glasses prescription can serve as a starting point, you will need a contact lens consultation to get the correct contact lens prescription. This will detail the base curve and diameter of the lens, what kind of material or brand to use, and how long the prescription will last.
Your prescription will detail
- The base curve and diameter of the lens
- What kind of material or brand to use
- How long the prescription will last
- Your power and cylinder on your prescription
We will also consider
- Your lifestyle to determine the most suitable lens – daily disposable, monthly disposable or continuous wear lenses
- How comfortable the lenses feel while you’re wearing them
- How well the lenses fit your eyes
Toric contact lenses for astigmatism
Many glasses-wearers have astigmatism – when the lens of the eye is slightly oval-shaped. It causes blurry vision, but toric lenses are shaped so they can be worn like standard lenses, allowing the wearer to focus easily. If you have astigmatism and you’d like to try contact lenses, pop into the store to discuss with your optician or start a free trial.
What are the side effects of using my glasses prescription or the wrong prescription for contact lenses?
Ordering the wrong type of contact lenses or the wrong prescription can lead to symptoms such as blurry vision, headache, eye fatigue, and eye pain. In the worst-case scenario, contact lenses purchased without a proper prescription and eye examination may lead to eye health complications and potentially lasting damage.
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