Anyone who can help with contact lenses?

(32 Posts)
Pigsmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:04:17

Mumsnet has really helped me in other areas and I hadn't thought to ask this before. Sorry that it is first world.

Can anyone recommend a specialist contact lense provider?

Science bit; very short sighted, -7 plus astigmatism in one eye. I have had corneal ulcers, scarring and hay fever so my optician won't consider anything other than dailies. Need a contact lense company that can do -6.25 and -6.75 Toric.

I am not wearing lenses purely for vanity, laser treatment at £3250 is an option but need top up treatment and commitment of result very vague, lense replacement v expensive and quite scary.

MrsPatrickDempsey Sat 30-Nov-13 09:38:09

Like previous posters I am pretty blind with -7.25 / -7.5 astigmatism. I wear monthly toric disposables. Love them. My optician is fabulous - based in Essex. Please pm if you need the details.

sashh Sat 30-Nov-13 14:25:21

CodandLobster is right about the independents. The optician I use is quite open that she can't buy lenses cheaper than me using the internet so will do the check up and hand over the prescription.

I CAN buy lenses from them but I don't have to.

I'm -11.5 with astigmatism. My independent optician had me in -9 for years and told me it wasn't possible to get any higher prescription. Boots have me in correct daily disposables and offered me the option of trialling Torics if I want. I get 50% off glasses and free annual eye test (qualify for one on nhs anyway) and free 6 monthly contact lens check.

Sauvignonandstuff Sat 30-Nov-13 18:27:12

Hi , I am an Optician with many, many years experience in fitting contact lenses currently working in practice. Fitting lenses is not an exact science and each Patient must be assessed individually taking into account their ocular history, prescription, wearing requirements etc. There is no 'correct' way or 'one size fits all' method. Given your ocular history I would be encouraging you into dailies for the following reasons. Dailies will not necessarily prevent further ulcers but will be less likely to occur as you are not reusing the same lens twice, with even the best disinfection regime a monthly lens cannot compare with a daily in terms of zero bacteria introduced to the corneal surface. Also you are less likely to experience specific ocular conditions related to hayfever and contact lenses , whereas monthly/ extended wear lenses are instrumental in inducing these conditions. Dailies are now available in silicon hydrogel which offer the best in oxygen permeability and are on par with monthlies, they are also available in high minus prescriptions , certainly within your remit. However it is NOT your short sight that is usually the sticking point, it is much more likely to be the amount of astigmatism and the axis that prevent daily toric wear. They are only available up to -2.25 with a limited range of axis. In this case sometimes I would have no choice but to fit a monthly lens to achieve good visual acuity. In an ordinary day I would fit a wide range of lenses from dailies to monthlies to occasionally extended wear. There are so many inaccuracies bandied around with contact lenses and I find it frustrating that patients are not getting the best from their lenses. It is so important that your Optician discusses with you what is available, what's not available and why and spends time advising you and managing your expectations. We all use the same manufacturers wether we work for an independent or a multiple, they are just packaged accordingly. In some cases we can give you as good vision with lenses as specs but with others we will always tell you that lenses will never be on par with your specs. There are thousands of different permeations of prescriptions , all can be corrected with specs. The manufacturers cannot and will not ever be able to produce all these, it is up to me as an optician to fit the best I possibly can with the best that's available. I could write forever but kids want feeding. I know I am a good Optician but sadly a really bad cook.......

gordyslovesheep Sat 30-Nov-13 18:57:45

I get mine from Daysoft online - brilliant company, never had an issue with them and they sell -6:25 and -6.75

https://www.daysoftcontactlenses.com/GB/Default.aspx

MrsPnut Sat 30-Nov-13 20:23:02

Sauvignon, it's good to hear from an optician that tries to find the best fit. I have had my brand of lenses prescribed for a few years now and when I had my last check up, I asked about switching to dailies and my optician was honest about me not getting such a good daily lens as my monthly ones.

If you want to talk about lens replacement pm me. I had early cataracts.

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