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Single vision lenses are the most commonly prescribed lens type as they help correct short-sightedness and long-sightedness. The lenses have the same focal power for the entire lens.

Bifocal lenses offer two prescriptions within the single lens. The prescription for focusing on distant objects takes up the top portion of the lens, while the bottom half of the lens is used for correcting the wearer’s near vision. A visible line or curve can be seen dividing the two different types of lenses.

Trifocal lenses serve a similar purpose to bifocal lenses, however they also provide an area of the lens specifically designed to help correct intermediate viewing. Trifocal lenses additionally provide areas within the lens for distant and near viewing correction. Unlike progressive lenses, trifocals have a visible line that separate the three distinct lenses.

Unlike single version lenses, multifocal lenses are designed to have multiple prescriptions built into one lens. This enables the spectacles to be utilised for various purposes such as driving and reading. Multifocal lenses are generally referred to as progressive lenses.

Progressive lenses are in fact multifocal lenses that provide unified progression for near, intermediate, and distant vision. For example, an individual wearing progressive lenses would be able to clearly see an object across a room, while also being able to read a novel, without having to change glasses.

There is no clear-cut answer to this question as there are several factors that determine whether a child is suitable for wearing contact lenses. No two children are alike, and their daily routines will shape whether contact lenses are appropriate for them.

Many infants and toddlers wear contacts as they reduce the risk of breaking glasses. However, it is generally said that children who are not old enough to responsibly take care of their contact lenses are too young to wear them.

Other factors include if the child takes part in sporting activities, if the child has a self-esteem problem associated with wearing glasses, or if they have a habit of misplacing their glasses on a regular basis.

Contact lenses themselves are extremely safe, provided they have been properly prescribed by a trained optometrist. The biggest risk associated with wearing contact lenses are hygiene related.

Eye infections can be commonplace for those who do not take proper care when handling their contacts. Before handling the contact lens, you must thoroughly wash your hands and make sure that the contact solution that houses the contacts is clean and bacteria.

Furthermore, it is paramount that individuals abide by the time frame for their disposable lenses, as those who go over the recommended period of time are more likely to be at risk of contracting an eye infection.

There is no ‘right’ answer for this question. There is a number of factors that should help determine if an individual is more suitable for wearing glasses or contact lenses.

The first factor is wearability. Contacts require more maintenance compared to glasses and need to be inserted and removed on a regular basis. Many people have trouble applying a contact lens to their eye on a regular basis, and therefore prefer the use of spectacles.

Glasses are generally considered to be a more cost-effective option in the long run, as contact lenses need to be re-purchased along with the contact solution.

  • Diminishes self-esteem issues with wearing glasses
  • Glasses can get in the way of sporting and physical activities
  • Glasses are expensive to replace if lost or damaged

Many people choose to use both contact lenses and glasses interchangeably. This gives them more flexibility and choice, while providing them with the benefits of both solutions.

An eye test takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. A comprehensive eye test takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour.