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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.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 30-Nov-13 20:28:25

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

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.

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

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.......

dazzlingdeborahrose Sat 30-Nov-13 15:00:23

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.

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.

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.

mimiasovitch Sat 30-Nov-13 09:30:31

There is a lens company called mark ennovy who do monthly and quarterly lenses in a vast range of prescriptions and fittings. I used to work for boots until very recently, and this is the company we'd use for more complicated fits.

CodandLobster Sat 30-Nov-13 09:21:13

You won't get a full choice of all the lenses available from Boots, or any of the multiples (Specsavers, Vision Express, etc).

The best option for you is to find a good independent optician near you and go there. They will usually be able to get whatever they think is the best lens for you and not be constrained by the arrangements their head office has made with the big lens manufacturers.

As well as the 0.25 steps business, more important is the amount of astigmatism as this is the more limiting factor in dailies. How much astigmatism do you have?

KeepingUpWithTheJonses Sat 30-Nov-13 09:13:46

My prescription is - 11.25 (Blind as a bat), with astigmatism in both eyes and retinal scarring in one.

I'm with Specsavers and wear the Night and Day lenses (ie one pair a month but you sleep in them too so only take them out every 30 days).

My high prescription and other issues have never caused an issue tbh.

MsJupiterJones Sat 30-Nov-13 08:54:43

My optician (at Specsavers) told me monthly disposables were more healthy for eyes than dailies and she would only recommend dailies for part-time users - they let in less oxygen I think?

My prescription is -8 on both eyes with slight astigmatism. I have hay fever although never considered that relevant.

I am always the most short sighted person I know so it is good to be among my own kind here. smile

StairsInTheNight Sat 30-Nov-13 08:42:30

Mine are 6.50 and 5.50 with astigmatism, I 've just changed to some new lenses which are really comfortable (I get dry eyes) from vision express, £23 a month. Used to be £15. Was always told I couldn't have dailies, never really understood why!

sashh Sat 30-Nov-13 08:22:37


I get lenses from'getlenses'.

I've just had a quick look and the one brand I looked at (biomedics0 do up to -10 in daily disposables with 0.25 increments

pigsDOfly Sat 30-Nov-13 00:06:24

Oh thanks Pigsmummy. I'll do that. The optician I'm with now is new to me as I moved a couple of years ago, but it's a Boots branch, and he was a bit dismissive when I mentioned any kind of contact lenses - said they were a lot of bother, which I thought was a bit odd tbh. I'm in my mid 60s so don't know if that makes a difference.

Yes, I was thinking weeklies. Definitely don't think dailies would be an option.

Will definitely try Vision Express. My son goes to them and is very satisfied with his contact lenses - also has awful sight and has been wearing weeklies for some time. Just paid over £500 for new glasses so don't really want to pay out a large lump sum for regular soft lenses.

Pigsmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:52:09

Pigs, if you are even -8 with about .75 prism then you might find disposable an option. Maybe weeklies, prob not dailies. Try boots or vision express? Let me know?

Pigsmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:47:54

Wow, I hadn't thought about "hard" lenses, thank you!!!. I am about an hour from Petersfield so I could even try your man.

Lens replacement surgery seems scary so I want to carry on with contact lenses.

pigsDOfly Fri 29-Nov-13 23:47:42

Don't want to hijack your thread OP, but I'm curious. I've worn soft lenses for a number of years and have been told that with my prescription -8 and severe astigmatism - I couldn't wear disposables of any kind as it's not possible to achieve the required level of sight correction with disposables.

I haven't bought new lenses for about 5 years now so is my information out of date? Would love to be able to get disposables.

Theas18 Fri 29-Nov-13 23:41:14

I visit an excellent specialist contact lens practice and get treated very well- have terrible dry eyes. Pm me if you like the details. West mids

Pigsmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:38:30

Thank you for responses, the issue seems to be that beyond -6 the mainstream manufacturers won't do .25 corrections in dailies.
Not sure if optician is being overly cautious about insisting on dailies. Had 9 week ulcer May 2013, scarring as a result.

I have used websites (lensbase, and registered with a few different opticians over the years, they are constrained by commercial agreements, they cant just prescribe what they want.

notthefirstagainstthewall Fri 29-Nov-13 23:29:34

Sorry- that came out wrong.
I have always had gas permeable lenses (since the 80's) and then suddenly since high street chains appeared "dailies" were all I was offered. However if you ask further hard lenses are actually much better.It's just that you don't need so much "maintenance" ie constant supplies, fluid and check ups. Also apparently people can't cope with a few days of discomfort whilst they get used o them. Dailies are easy from day one but are so much more hard work.

PatriciaHolm Fri 29-Nov-13 23:28:22

why not get dailies? that's what I have (-7 and astigmatism)

MrsPnut Fri 29-Nov-13 23:23:46

I get my prescription at my yearly check up and buy my lenses from get lenses every few months. I have a strong myopic prescription with astigmatism and I pay less than £30 for 3 months supply of biofinity topic lenses.

TillyTotter1 Fri 29-Nov-13 23:20:23

Oh and these were monthlys that stayed in for a week at a time as the lady was nursed at home and couldn't get an optician out to insert/remove them

notthefirstagainstthewall Fri 29-Nov-13 23:19:04

OK have no idea about your condition but generally find most opticians promote dailies despite them being (in my 30+ years of wearing, "a bit shit"). They are a money making easy option.
Now that I know what I need(gas permeable) I just get a prescription from from Vision Express practice and buy my lenses online from the states for half the price.
This guy was amazing though - .Really knew his stuff -talked through option/lenses and let me keep some free of charge to see how I got on.

TillyTotter1 Fri 29-Nov-13 23:19:01

I have had clients with scripts of -10 with contacts due to glasses causing pressure sores so it is definately possible - the hospital prescribed them though so don't know where you can get them x

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