Contact Lenses Online – A Complete Consumer Guide in Australia

Welcome to Contact Lenses Online, Australia!  Whether you’re considering to replace your eye glasses and looking for more information to make an informed decision or if you’re looking to buy a new set of contacts, then you’ve come to the right place.

Contact Lenses have come a long way and it is just the beginning. With technological advancements and improved lens quality, people all around the world are using contacts on a daily basis than ever before.

They have many purposes and are used to correct eye vision such as:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism

Contact are also used for cosmetic and/or therapeutic purposes. The best thing about contacts is that they provide natural and “unobstructed field of view” vision, which is great, especially for people who are into sports. For that and many other reasons, an increased number of people with vision problems are resorting to contact lenses rather than the regular eye glasses. When purchased (with advice from an optometrist) and worn correctly, contacts can replace eyeglasses quite well.

Different Types

There are many different types of lenses available on the market and each of them has different and specific purposes as well. Here’s the list of some of the most common types:

  • Soft

    Made from soft, flexible (water containing or silicone-hydrogels) plastics that allows oxygen to get through to the cornea. This type of contacts are usually more comfortable to wear as compared to other types of lenses such as Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses. Soft lenses generally takes a few days to get used to.

  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP)

    As the name says, the Rigid Gas Permeable lenses are much more durable as compared to soft lenses and they also lasts a lot longer. With their durability and resistance to deposit build ups, RGP lenses generally provide crisp and clearer vision. Because of their rigid form, RGP lenses usually take a bit more time to get the hang of it.

  • Daily Wear

    Daily wear contacts are used daily and removed, cleaned properly and stored in their specific container daily as well. These type of lenses are designed to be worn for a specific period. Using daily contacts more than they’re supposed to or sleeping at night with theses contacts on can harm your eyes. If you would like to wear your contacts for an extended period then please get advice from your eye doctor for weekly wear or other types of extended wear contacts.

  • Extended Wear

    Ideal for overnight use, extended wear contacts are generally made for long term use. Depending on the type of the extended wear lenses, they can be worn from one day to one week to even up to one month (30 days). These types of lenses are mostly made form soft plastics for comfortability, however, RGP lenses are also available for overnight use.

  • Disposable

    Disposable contacts are generally used once and thrown away after that. This types are mostly used daily and is a much more healthier option. Extended wear lenses are also known as ‘disposable’ for the fact that, they’re continuously used for a period of time (i.e. 5 days) then gets thrown away.

  • Bifocal

    Bifocal lenses are prescription contacts used by people with an eye condition called presbyopia. With two power segments, bifocal lenses help viewing things at various distances. Read more…

  • Coloured

    Mostly used for cosmetic purposes, coloured contact lenses come in both prescription or plano forms. Plano or non-prescription coloured contact lenses are generally used on special occasions such as halloween. Coloured contact lenses, whether they’re plano or prescription lenses, can create a different look. Read more…

  • Custom

    Custom contact lenses are needed when regular contact lenses do not fit for some reasons, such as irregular eye shape or the regular off the shelf contact lenses aren’t comfortable to wear. Custom made contact lenses come in both soft and RGP form.

  • Monovision 

    Monovision contact lenses are used when bifocal contact lenses do not work. With two different power in two eyes, monovision lens wearers wear one lens on one eye to correct near vision and another lens to the other eye to correct distance vision problem. Distance vision lens is generally worn on the stronger/powerful eye.

  • Orthokeratology

    Orthokeratology Contact Lenses are a type of RGP contact lenses which fixes the eye problem while you’re wearing them. They’re usually worn at night, while at sleep and taken out in the morning. So there’s no need to wear them during the day. Orthokeratology Contact Lenses are very popular among professional athletes.

  • Prosthetic

    Prosthetic contact lenses are used to fix or cover any eye problems such as an eye disfigurement. Usually these types of lenses are custom made to fix a particular eye problem. The defected eye gets the prosthetic lens to fit the appearance of the healthy eye.

  • Scleral

    If your eyes have irregular corneas then scleral contact lenses may be the solution. In the past people with irregular corneas issue weren’t able to wear contact lenses, however since the introduction of the scleral contact lenses, the problem has been solved. So consult with your doctor if you have irregular corneas problem.

  • Silicone Hydrogel

    Silicone hydrogel contact lenses let five times more oxygen to get to the cornea through the lens than other types of contact lenses. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are made of the similar water based materials as the soft contact lenses making them easier to get used to and comfortable to wear as well.

  • Special Effect

    Purely used for entertainment purposes, special effect contact lenses come in many different colours, shades, effects such as cat lens, vampire lens, etc. Special effect contact lenses are generally in high demand during the halloween season. Special effect contact lenses are also known as crazy contacts.

  • Toric

    Toric contact lenses are prescribed to and are used by people with astigmatism. Toric lenses have different focal length and optical power in two orientations with about 90 degree angle to each other. With the purpose of astigmatism correction, the main application of toric lenses are in contact lenses, intraocular lenses and eye glasses. Read more…

Finding the right contact lens is very important because, if the contact lenses do not fit well and/or aren’t comfortable to wear then they may cause more damage to the eyes rather than fixing them. If you’re wearing contact lenses for the first time then it may feel uncomfortable for sometime at the beginning. However, if your contact lenses do not feel right (i.e. itchiness, blurriness, soreness, etc.) after wearing it for a few days or even less than that then please contact your eye doctor immediately.

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Online Buying Guide

As with other things, there are a lot of online stores who sell contact lenses, which is great. Online stores are great for convenience and are cost effective as well. However, when it comes to purchasing contact lenses online, you have to be extra careful.

You must first of all find out the authenticity of the online store and the source of their lens manufacturer (if possible). A cheap, low quality contact lens can cause some serious damages to your eyes so before you buy your contact lenses from any of those online stores, please make sure you do your homework properly and ensure that you’re buying good quality contact lenses.

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Signs of Potential Problems You Should be Aware of

It generally takes a few days to few weeks for getting used to using contact lenses. At the beginning, they may feel a bit uncomfortable as you may be aware of them all the time. But as the time goes, they will start feeling more natural and at some point you won’t even notice that you’re wearing them.

You shouldn’t however ignore any signs of discomfort for too long. If you feel something isn’t quite right then you must immediately see your doctor.  Some of the signs you shouldn’t ignore and see your doctor if they happen to you are:

  • Itchiness
  • Irritation
  • Red eye
  • Subtle pain in and around your eyes
  • Loss of vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Teary eyes
  • Dry eyes, etc.

Prescription and Non-prescription Contacts

Both prescription and non-prescription contact lenses are available on the market. Prescription contact lenses are used by the people with eye conditions or specific requirements. Prescription contact lenses are prescribed by the optometrist after going through some procedures to determine the exact issues and finding the right treatment for your eyes including treatment for dry eyes, itchy eyes, etc. And non-prescription contact lenses are usually worn by people primarily for cosmetic purposes and for special occasions such as halloween.

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UV Protection

When it comes to protecting your eyes from UV light, sunglasses are the best option. Because sunglasses cover your full eyes and gives you maximum protection from the sun. You can obviously wear a sunglass even when you have contacts on, in fact contacts are better options for wearing with designer sunglasses.

However, regardless of whether you wear a sunglass or not, if available then you should buy UV protected contact lenses. These days, contacts with UV light protection are becoming more available. You must consult with your eye specialist to get proper advice on the UV protected lenses and also what are the best ways to protect your eyes from the sun.

Again, contacts cover only a portion of your eyes (cornea), so the rest of the eyes remain exposed to the UV light all the time. So if you’re going out to the sun then a pair of sun glasses will do the best job of protecting your eyes.

Coloured Contact Lenses

Coloured Contact Lenses are absolutely brilliant for creating an instant impression. Whether you wear them for a theme party or a special occasion such as Halloween or wear them regularly to suit your ‘style’, you can be assured to get attention. There are coloured contact lenses available for all types and purposes.

Coloured contact lenses have therapeutical usage as well. People with special eye condition (i.e. eye defects) can wear them to cover any those.

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Putting On or Applying Process

The most important part of wearing lenses is that they have to be always clean. What that means is you’ve to make sure not only to clean the (reusable) contact lenses every time you put them on or remove them, you also have to make sure to wash your hands and dry them properly. We’re talking about one of the most sensitive parts of our body, so make sure you follow the instruction correctly every time to avoid any infection.

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Taking Off or Removing Process

Similar to wearing contact lenses, same safety measures should be taken while removing them. Always start off by thorough washing and drying your hands.

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As we have outlined above, there are a few types of contact lenses out there on the market. They all have different purposes and based on the result of your eye diagnosis, your eye doctor will advice you the best suitable lens for you. However, you should know the primary differences, advantages and disadvantages of different types of lenses so you can also make an informed decision.

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Finding the right contact lens is just the beginning of a new journey for contact lens users. Contacts give flexibility and spec free life style, however they also come with a bit of maintenance. And there are a few things you must know and do all the time if you’re using or going to use contact lenses.

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A Common Mistake – Is My Contact Inside Out?

Right side of a contact lens

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First time users hit a few obstacles at the beginning, specially with putting on and taking off the lenses. Another common issue first time users face is that, if the lenses get inside out then they get confused with the right side of the lens.

The easiest way to find out whether your contact lens is inside out or not is to put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it upright. If the edges of your lens flare out then it indeed is inside out. But if your lens form a nice U shape then it is not. Please see the image for the correct and incorrect shape.

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