Feel Free With Contact Lenses

At Orrell Opticians, we have access to the latest high tech lenses, from all suppliers, so there's sure to be a lens to suit the majority of eyes – even if you have been previously told that you are unsuitable for contact lenses.

We have decades of experience helping many types of patients find lasting benefits with contact lenses.

We will be there to guide you every step of the way.

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Contact Lens

Why should I try contact lenses?

Glasses are great but ...


They aren’t very compatible with masks or face coverings


If it rains, your vision can be affected 


Peripheral vision can be restricted


They aren’t always the best option for hobbies & activities!

The benefits of contact lenses include ...

  • Contact lenses move with your eye, therefore allowing a natural field of vision

  • There are no frames to obstruct your vision and reduce visual distortions

  • Unlike glasses, they do not fog up or get splattered by mud or rain

  • Contact lenses are excellent for sports and other physical activities

  • Many people feel they look better in contact lenses

  • Compared to eyeglasses, they may offer better, more natural sight

You can forget about age being a barrier too, we have children from 7 years old wearing contact lenses! At the other end of the age spectrum, our oldest patient is well into her 80's!

applying contact lens

Contact Lens Assessments

  • You will need to have had an eye test less than two years ago, so we know your best possible vision, and the health of your eyes. This can be done at Orrell Opticians, or elsewhere at another opticians (if elsewhere, please bring your prescription with you to the assessment).

  • Our contact lens assessment will involve assessing your lifestyle requirements, taking additional measurements from your eyes, assessing the front of your eye in extra detail (e.g. dry eye testing) and then trialling the most appropriate lenses in your eyes.

  • Please allow about 60 minutes for your assessment. If you need an eye test at the same time, we can do these back to back. In that case allow 90 minutes for both appointments.

  • You will learn how to insert and remove your lenses, plus how to care for them.

  • You’ll usually walk away with lenses to wear at home / work / school.

  • We aim to have our follow up appointments within two weeks of the trial to review how you are getting on with the lenses, and to complete the fitting.

Call us to book an assessment today

PAYG patients who buy their lenses online/elsewhere



PAYG patients who buy their lenses from us



Contact + patients who are on our monthly plan

*included in monthly plan payments



Finding the right Contact Lenses for you: 

Do you have...

A need to wear contact lenses infrequently e.g. for exercising or socialising?


Then soft daily lenses will likely be best.

A need to wear contact lenses most of the time?


We need to consider high oxygen transmitting lenses to prevent damage. 

Two prescriptions, i.e. one for distance and one for near?


A multifocal lens will be the answer to your prayers.




We have a toric lens for that. 


Dry eyes?


We have high water content lenses and new generation wetting drops to maximise your comfort.


Or have you been told that your eyes aren't suitable for contact lenses!?


Oh, we love a challenge! We’ve lost count of how many times we have heard this and we find a contact lens that works 😃


These are scenarios that we see every day, and thankfully, we are able to fit the vast majority of these patients successfully.


Modern lenses are now suitable for many more patients than has previously been possible.

Soft Contact Lenses

Daily Disposable Lenses:

  • Used to correct short or long sightedness and some lower range astigmatism +/-1.25 Astigmatism
  • Ultimate convenience
  • The healthiest option
  • Fresh, sterile lenses every day
  • No need for solutions!
  • Perfect for when you dip in and out of wearing your glasses

Reusable Lenses:

  • Fortnightly, monthly, tri monthly and annual options
  • Come in soft lens format
  • Used to correct short or long sightedness, all ranges of astigmatism and reduction in reading focusing ability
  • Can be worn daily -- or less frequently if you prefer
  • Require cleaning & storing (don’t worry, we will show you how!)

For every day wear, re-usable lenses are the most economical option

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Also known as varifocal contact lenses, they aim to give you perfect vision for distance and reading. Sometimes, there is a trade-off between having perfect distance vision at the expense of reading vision, or vice versa. We will show you exactly how that works during your contact lens assessment and trial.

Multifocal contact lenses are usually for patients over 40 years old. If you have noticed that it’s harder to change focusing distance lately, then this could be an option for you.

These lenses are rather clever. They incorporate both of your prescriptions into a ring design, and seamlessly blends the prescriptions to provide a smooth transition between the various viewing distances.

Multifocal contact lenses are available in soft daily, fortnightly and monthly options. They are also available in Rigid Gas Permeable options.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP)

Also are known as Gas Permeable lenses, RGP’s are rigid lenses made of precision polymers. As the name suggests, RGP’s allow a huge amount of oxygen to reach the cornea.

RGP lenses can also provide sharper vision for distance and near. Patients like them as they are more durable than soft lenses -- soft lenses can rip if you aren’t careful. RGP’s also offer better resistance to debris build up than soft contact lenses. Since they last up to two years, RGP’s can be less expensive in the long term, if your prescription stays the same.

The downsides of RGP lenses is that they require an adaptation period before they are as comfortable as soft contacts, whereas soft contact lenses require only minimal adaptation. RGP’s also aren’t the best option for most sports, since the RGP lens is smaller than a soft contact lens and could pop out more easily.


Keratoconus is a condition whereby the cornea is cone-shaped and causes extreme visual distortion.

Symptoms include blurry vision, double vision, short sightedness, astigmatism, and light sensitivity – usually in both eyes. It is often linked with family history of the condition. It affects 1/2000 people.

Early keratonconus can be corrected with glasses and soft contact lenses, while moderate severity can be corrected with RGP lenses.

RGP's improve vision by means of a tear fluid filling the gap between the irregular corneal surface and the smooth regular inner surface of the lens, thereby creating an improved optical interface. This means vision can be hugely improved compared to what glasses or soft contact lenses can provide.

Contact Lenses for Younger People (14 years and less)

In today’s modern world, we often offer contact lenses for children. For many full-time-glasses-wearing children, they provide a clear confidence boost as they go glasses free for the first time. For the energetic children, they'll become sharper in their sports. Youthful age isn't a barrier to lens wear, it's more to do with your child’s ability to look after the lenses.

How old do you have to be to wear contact lenses?

There’s no ‘official’ age for children to start wearing contact lenses. If your child can demonstrate that they are proficient at handling lenses, and capable of insertion and removal of lenses, then they may be good to go - albeit with a little supervision from a parent / guardian that attended the Contact Lens Assessment appointment.

As a guide, children can start to wear lenses from 10 years old.

What Are The Best Contact Lenses For Kids?

The most popular lenses for children are daily disposables -- as they do not need to be cleaned and stored after each wear.

They're also more convenient and hygienic too.

Fortnightly, monthly and toric lenses are also options, but the best choice of lens will depend on factors like prescription and lifestyle.

** Top Tip -Aim to have Contact Lens Assessments in the school holidays, so there’s plenty of time to perfect getting lenses in and out before the school routine kicks in again.