Urban Optics Opticians, Scotts St., Killarney, Kerry

Contact Lens Types

Contact lens typesAt Urban Optics we supply a variety of Contact Lenses to suit all types of vision problems. Advancements in contact lens technology means that those not previously suited to contact lens wear may now be eligible to try them. If you are unsure about contact lenses for you or your child your best option is to contact us for more information.

There are now lenses available for the following vision corrections and eye conditions:

Varifocal Wearers – Multifocal lenses are available that work in much the same way as a pair of varifocal spectacles. The lenses correct distance vision in the distance, and also ensure that there is correction for reading.

Astigmatism – Lens are available in daily, bi-weekly, or monthly versions.

Dry Eye – If you have previously tried contact lenses but have found them uncomfortable due a dry eye condition, you should consider Dailies Total One contact lenses. These breathable contact lenses allow oxygen to reach the surface of the eye while also ensuring that the eye remains moist, comfortable and lubricated.  An array of comforting eye drops are now also available for contact lens wearers that suffer from dry eye.

Soft Contact Lenses: Made of plastic materials that incorporate water and in some cases silicone, which allows more oxygen to reach the cornea, soft contact lenses are available in daily, weekly or monthly replacement designs.

  • Daily Contact Lenses: Daily contact lenses are one of the most popular lens choices and ideal for those who are new to contact lens wear. The lenses are placed on the eye and then simply removed and discarded at the end of the day. The advantage of daily contact lenses are that they do not require a huge amount of patient care as they do not need to be cleaned or stored. They also tend to be more comfortable to wear as lenses are not reused. Daily lenses are ideal for children and teenagers who are trying lenses for the first time.
  • Weekly Contact Lenses: These contact lenses differ from daily contact lenses in that they require daily cleaning and storing in solution. After a week or two weeks of use the contact lenses are discarded and replaced with a fresh pair. These lenses are usually sold with a recommended solution for the particular lens type.
  • Monthly Contact Lenses: Like weekly lenses, monthly lenses require daily cleaning and storing with solution, but the lenses are replaced after roughly a month of daily wear or when the lenses begin to cause discomfort.
  • Colour Contact Lenses: Colour contact lenses are a disposable contact lens that enhance the eye colour of the wearer. These lenses are available with correction or without correction, but require a valid prescription (prescriptions are valid within 12 months of an eye and contact lens exam). The colour contact lenses we prescribe are breathable, monthly disposable contact lenses. Visit http://www.airoptix.com/colors/color-studio.shtml for more information.

Gas-permeable Lenses: These lenses are also known as “RGPs.” They are newer rigid or “hard” lenses made of plastics combined with other materials, which allow oxygen in the air to pass directly through the lens. Different RGP materials allow varying amounts of oxygen through to the eye. They are usually replaced on an annual basis.

Extended Wear Contact Lenses: Made of a material that is so permeable to oxygen that they can be worn while the wearer is asleep. They may be replaced on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Overnight Contact Lenses {link to overnight contact lenses page}

We Supply lenses from the following Suppliers:

Bausch & Lomb
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