Getting married soon?  Playing in the finals soon?  Taken up a water sport?

There are times when a different pair of glasses and contact lenses are an advantage – specific-purpose frames and lenses can give you the best visual performance and protection, whatever your day demands.

Computer glasses

Computer glasses are designed to give you optimal close-up and intermediate vision as well as reduce digital eye strain, neck and shoulder discomfort and blue light emittance.

Driving Glasses.

You need the best vision possible to add to your road safety – glasses with progressive lenses for a smooth transition between distance (keeping an eye on that car in front) to the speedo on the dashboard are a great idea. Coatings added to the lenses can minimise glare and light distortion from headlights when driving at night.

Contact Lenses.

Glasses can get in the way sometimes –  almost everyone who wears glasses can enjoy the convenience of contact lenses.

Different types of contact lenses

With the latest advance in contact lens material and design, there is a large range of contact lenses for different wear schedules, prescriptions and preferences.

Most contact lenses are removed and cleaned nightly, ready for insertion the next day.

Now there’s the option of daily lenses –  you wear once and then thrown away. There’s also extended wear lenses that can be slept in!

Single day use lenses are worn through the day and discarded at night. A convenient and flexible solution. A new pair every day also decreases the build up of deposits and reduces the chance of bacteria entering the eye.

Daily wear contact lenses (fortnightly & monthly options) are worn through the day and removed at night for cleaning. These lenses are replaced at either fortnightly or monthly intervals.

Extended wear contact lenses provide the freedom and flexibility of not always having to remove your lenses.  They can be slept in on occasion or, depending on the advice of your optometrist, can be worn continuously for up to 29 nights.

Weddings and Contact Lenses

Wearing contacts can be a great choice for your wedding day – the glare from your glasses can affect wedding photos, so contact lenses can be a better choice.

If you intend to wear new lenses on your wedding day, try them out at least a month before.

If you want your wedding day vision clear and your eyes comfortable for every second of that special day here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Once you have your new lenses, give them a test run. Your wedding day will be a long one. So wear your new lenses from morning until night to ensure they’re clear and comfortable.
  2. Start with a fresh pair on your wedding day. Whether you wear daily lenses or change your contacts every few weeks, you’ll want a fresh pair that’ll give you the smallest amount of issues as possible on your wedding day.
  1. Remember to put them in before your makeup artist gets started. This will be especially important on your wedding day. Not only will you want to avoid any problems that come along with trying to put contacts in with false lashes and potentially dramatic eye makeup, remember that your photographer will probably be present during the getting-ready process too.
  1. Contact solution is your best friend. You may be crying, and it’ll be a long day, so to make sure you are as comfortable as possible pack a miniature bottle of contact solution or eye drops in your emergency kit to have handy in case you need it.
  1. Bring an extra set in your emergency kit. The discomfort (and pain) of a damaged lens in your eye is pretty unparalleled. Whether it’s a visible rip or an invisible slick of oily makeup having an extra set in your emergency day kit can be a life saver – or at least a vision saver.
Are Contacts or Glasses Better for Sports?

If you play sport you need to be able to see clearly – and contact lenses may be a better solution for some sports.

Some of the advantages of wearing contact lenses instead of glasses include:

  • Increased peripheral vision
  • Unobstructed vision
  • Less likelihood of fogging up, or breaking
  • Decreased chance of causing injury
  • They fit better with sports equipment like helmets

In contact sports, glasses can get damaged, even non-contact sports you are at risk of breaking your glasses. For example, a tennis ball can hit your glasses, or you can fall off your bicycle.

Instead of wearing your everyday glasses, consider wearing contact lenses.