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  • Contact Lenses in Cardiff and Bristol | Direct Eyecare Opticians

Contact lenses

Are you tired of glasses, or are there times when you would just rather not wear them? Do you want to change your eye colour, even if you don’t need vision correction?

Our Lenses

People are always surprised by how silky and soft contact lenses feel when they first touch them; this is because modern lenses work hard to maintain the delicate moisture balance in your eyes. We only stock high quality lenses which meet British regulatory standards, because we know just how precious your sight is. Our preferred lenses are made by a company called Coopervision, one of the most established and popular contact lens providers in the world, although we also stock lenses such as:

  • Acuvue Moist (standard and for astigmatism)
  • Acuvue TruEye
  • Acuvue Advance (standard and for astigmatism)
  • Acuvue Oasys (standard, for astigmatism and multifocal)
  • Ciba Focus Dailies (All Day Comfort, Aqua Comfort Plus and Total)
  • Air Optix (standard, for astigmatism and multifocal)
  • Coopervision Expressions (coloured contact lenses)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) I tried contact lenses but they didn’t work for me. Can I try again?

Absolutely! The technology behind contact lenses is constantly evolving, and lenses are constantly being improved to be more comfortable. If your issue was with putting them in and taking them out, our staff are more than happy to help you practice and offer you some helpful tips and tricks.

Q) Can the lens slip behind my eye?

Definitely not! The front surface of your eye is covered by an almost invisible layer of skin called the conjunctiva. This layer of skin continues all the way to your eyelid, and its purpose is to prevent anything from getting behind your eye. Myth busted!

Q) Is my child too young for contact lenses?

This is a tricky one, to say the least. There is no specific age limit either way on contact lenses, however there are a few things to think about. With children, the absolute most important consideration is whether they have the maturity to care for their lenses and eyes properly. If proper hygiene and lens care standards aren’t met, it can lead to nasty infections which may put a child off lenses for life, just because they weren’t quite ready for the responsibility. Learning to put lenses in and out can also be quite stressful for less confident or easily distracted children, as the teaching sessions require clear focus and the ability to follow instructions. Please note that all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the initial consultation.

Q) Am I too old for contact lenses?


Again, there is no age limit for contact lenses although there are a few key things which can complicate the process. From around the age of 45, the distance and near vision begins to separate into two different prescriptions. In terms of glasses, this would be around the time a pair of reading glasses or varifocals would begin to come up as a suggestion after a sight test. There are several options in terms of correcting these separate prescriptions, although it is worth bearing in mind that they can require several follow up appointments to make small adjustments before the final prescription is issued. The other limiting factor in regards to older people in contact lenses is the eye health and dry or watery eyes. The moisture balance within the eye is quite delicate and those with dry or watery eyes may not be suitable for contact lenses, one of our registered optometrists can tell you more either in the initial contact lens assessment or during your regular eye test. For more information on monitoring your eye health, click here.

Q) I don’t wear glasses but I want coloured contact lenses, is this possible?

Yes! We carry a range of coloured contact lenses with no prescription and we can arrange other special effect lenses on request, and even if you just want a change for nights out or special occasions, you can achieve it with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re dealing with a professional optician who is going to put the health of your eyes first.

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