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Buying Your Contact Lenses

All refractive eye conditions can be solved with corrective eyewear or contact lenses. As long standing ophthalmic opticians and experienced optometrist in Glasgow, we felt we should fill you in with everything you should know when it comes to using contact lenses:

  • To get off to the right start on your journey to getting contact lenses, you should book an appointment with your local optician. They will provide a full service eye care: thorough eye examination, an evaluation of your suitability for contact lens wear, the lens options you have, how to care for your lenses and when you should return for a follow up appointment.
  • You can get just about any prescription for your contact lenses and people of any age can wear them; studies have shown that children as young at 8 can adapt to wearing contacts and are able to handle and care for the lenses.
  • Contact lenses are great nowadays for children and teenagers who maybe don’t like wearing glasses on their face or are self-conscious – there are many options for all ages and all prescriptions.
  • Modern contact lenses are designed to be very comfortable. Most are made of a soft material that is hardly noticeable, if at all, once the lenses are placed on the eyes. Eye care practitioners have very sophisticated tools for measuring the eyes and making sure the lenses fit well.
  • Contact lenses offer better side and peripheral vision than glasses. They are also safer than glasses in most ways, as they are unlikely to get damaged or break they way glasses can.
  • Make sure your hands are washed before handling your contacts. The same goes for when you are cleaning your lenses. (If yours require to be washed daily with solution.) Always use fresh solution each time you clean the lenses – do not reuses old solution.
  • Always follow the recommended instructions and schedule your optician has advised – it is also good to regularly visit for an eye examination in case your prescription needs changing.
  • Never wash or moisten your contact lenses with anything other than the solution provided; this helps to reduce the risk of infection. About only5% of lens users experience complications but it is best to be safe each and every time you wear your contacts.
  • Your lenses can be easily damaged or lost so make sure to store them correctly and remove them when you should.
  • Sport vision doctors have confirmed that contact lenses are the best vision correction option while playing sports. They help to enhance your depth perception and hand/eye/foot coordination, so be sure to ask you opticians about these the next time you are in.
  • Not at all contact lenses are designed for overnight wear, so never fall asleep with them in, unless your optician has stated otherwise. However, to be fully safe and eliminate even the smallest risk of infection, it is best just to take your contacts out each night before you go to bed.
  • You can also buy cosmetic contact lenses that change your eye colour – these lenses can also be prescriptive and correct refractive errors. (These are also great for Halloween and can complete your costume!)

Regardless of your refractive eye condition, prescription or cosmetic requirements, you will be sure to find exactly what you are looking for here at Churchill Optical. We have a great, user-friendly website which displays our vast range of products and it has never been easier to buy contact lenses online.


Your Glasses & You





Eyes are the organ of vision, complex optical systems and possess the fastest muscles in the human body. They collect light from the surrounding environment. They regulate its intensity, focus it through a series of lenses within your eye, and form an image that is transmitted to your brain where it processes what you are actually looking at. Unfortunately for some, this process can be a little bit more complicated. Over 69% of the population in the UK are now wearing glasses and 13% using contact lenses to fix some sort of vision or eye problem.




  1. Short sightedness is a very common eye condition that is thought to affect up to one in three people in the UK. This condition causes distant objects or people to appear blurry, while objects that are close up are perfectly clear. This type of vision is known as a refractive eye condition and occurs when the eye’s structure affects how light enters the eye and is transmitted – eventually the light does not reach the retina at the back of the eye and so it isn’t possible to overcome this condition without corrective eye wear.
  2. Long-sightedness affects a person’s ability to see objects that are close to them; this condition is also classified as a refractive error in the eye. Being long-sighted means you are usually able to see far away objects clearly, but all nearby objects and people are out of focus. This condition is thought to be age related (normally noticeable from age 40 onwards), genetics (so inherited from your parents) or just an underlying health issue.

In order to correct these refractive eye conditions, you should visit Churchill Optical  where we will give you an eye test and determine what prescription lenses you will need:


Corrective Lenses:


They are 4 categories of corrective lenses: single vision, bifocals, trifocals or multifocal.

  1. Single Vision– these lenses contain the same overall focal power and can be used to correct near and far sightedness. Most people who require glasses before the age of 40 will have single vision lenses within their frames.
  2. Bifocal lens– this consists of 2 parts; upper and lower. The upper part of the lens is used to distance vision, while the lower part of the lens id designed for near vision tasks such as reading. They are usually prescribed to people over the age of 40, who have developed age-related changes in their eyes.
  3. Trifocal lens– this lens has 3 different focus areas: the top area for distance, the centre for immediate vision and the bottom for near sighted tasks such as reading. This lens is for people who need help seeing objects within an arms distance.
  4. Multifocal lens– this literally mean ‘having more than one focus.’ Bi and Trifocal lenses are actually types of multifocal lenses, and means that your glasses contain 2 or more vision correcting prescriptions.


With the ever-rising number of people wearing glasses and contact lenses Glasgow, it is no surprise the amount of great deals there is out there for designer glasses and contact lenses. At Churchill Optical we have a great online shop were you can browse our extensive range of designer glasses brands such a Tom FordRay Ban  Prada and many more. We offer very competitive prices, have a large variety of frames and styles for you to choose from, and most importantly, we are fully trained and qualified to ensure you leave our opticians Glasgow with the perfect lenses and frames for your glasses, or contact lenses.




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