As store director at Specsavers in Ilkeston, Krishna Parmar, celebrates more than 30 years’ service within the group, she gives her expert advice on why contact lenses are now a comfortable and fuss-free alternative for those looking to go specs-less.

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to swap their glasses for contact lenses, even if it’s just for the odd occasion. Sometimes you may want to go specs-less for aesthetic reasons or maybe for practicality. But many believe they can’t wear contacts for a number of reasons, including age and their prescription.

‘I’ve seen contact lens technology make huge leaps in recent years and now more people than ever can benefit from the freedom they bring,’ said Krishna. ‘With new material innovation, contacts are now suitable for all ages and the majority of prescriptions, including multifocal.’

Benefits of contact lenses

‘In my years of experience, I have found that customers are always surprised by how much of a difference wearing contact lenses makes to their life – even in small, unexpected ways,’ said Krishna. ‘Things as simple as not having to keep cleaning their specs or avoiding little annoyances like lenses steaming up are often quite refreshing to customers who try contact lenses for the first time.’

Of course, it doesn’t mean you have to ditch the specs completely, but you might want to try contact lenses if:

  • You play sports regularly or have active hobbies
  • You are looking to go specs-free for a special occasion or holiday
  • For fashion reasons
  • You just fancy a change!

A lens for everyone

For those with a multifocal prescription, just like varifocal or bifocal glasses, the multifocal contact lens works for long distance, reading and intermediate vision - all in one lens. It’s the natural intelligence of your eyes that allows the technology to work, focusing through the right prescription to provide clear vision.

Krishna said: ‘When you read, your pupils reduce in size a little and the opposite happens when you look far away. The design of the multifocal lens cleverly uses this natural dilation to provide vision correction in only one lens and with a smooth transition between each field of sight.

‘The prescription for short sight is located centrally, so when your eyes fix on something close up they focus in the middle of the lens. When you look further away, your pupils dilate and focus through the edge of the lens, which is made with your long distance prescription in a concentric circle.’

Age doesn’t matter

‘Multifocal prescriptions tend to be more common in the over-40s, but there are many prescriptions available for contact lenses and even children can wear these,’ said Krishna. ‘It’s a misconception that youngsters can’t wear contacts, there is no official age and the decision comes down to the parent and optician. If a child is mature and capable enough to use and care for contact lenses, then there is no optical reason why they can’t.

‘At Specsavers we’re more than happy to help parents explore this possibility. We will sit down with you and your child to decide whether or not contacts are the right choice, as well as show you how to use and care for them. It’s a stress-free process followed up by regular aftercare appointments so you’re never on your own.’

Comfortable and hassle-free

While it’s true that contact lenses take a bit of practice, Specsavers’ skilled advisors will make sure they find a comfortable lens that is right for you, and be on hand while you get the hang of it. Modern contact lenses contain more water, making them soft and flexible, and with new innovative materials they also allow a greater flow of oxygen, so they are more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. These innovations mean that you barely feel the lens, allowing you to lead a normal lifestyle.

Specsavers Ilkeston has a variety of contact lenses to suit different needs. The revolutionary material of the Dailies Total 1 lenses offer the convenience of single use lenses at exceptional value, while the range of monthly disposable lenses offer a comfortable longer wear alternative.

Try before you buy

Choosing contact lenses from Specsavers not only gives you freedom and convenience, but also outstanding value for money. As you can try before you buy at no extra cost, you can be sure that the lenses are right for you without spending a penny.

Once you’ve had your assessment and decided on which lens is right for you, we’ll give you one pair of monthly lenses or five pairs of daily disposable lenses to try, free.

Krishna said: ‘At Specsavers we pride ourselves on our contact lens service – we have a dedicated area in the store with highly trained advisors who can expertly guide you to the find the best contact lens option for you. We also have the latest, cutting-edge equipment to make the process simpler and more efficient, giving you the very best results.’

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