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Who can wear contact lenses?

Almost anyone can wear contact lenses, whatever their age or lifestyle. Find out below if there is a contact lens to correct your vision.

Short-sighted

If you’re short-sighted (myopic), you will have trouble seeing objects at a distance. Contact lenses for short-sightedness (myopia) are thinner at the centre than at the edges. This helps to direct light away from the centre of the lens of your eye and focus it on your retina.

Long-sighted

It may be that you have been long-sighted (hyperopic) most of your life or your eyesight has deteriorated with age (presbyopia). If you are long-sighted you can see objects clearly at a distance, but find it difficult to focus on things up close.

Contact lenses for long-sightedness (hyperopia) are thicker at the centre and thinner at the edges. They bend the light toward the centre and focus it on your retina.

Astigmatism

If you have astigmatism your vision may be blurry or distorted at all distances. The extent of this will vary based on individual differences in the shape of your eye. Thanks to recent developments in technology, people with astigmatism can now enjoy vision correction with a specially designed soft contact lenses.

Gillie Optician’s is best placed to help you decide which type of contact lens is right for your vision needs.