Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are suitable for any age. At Crowe Opticians Ltd., we fit Soft and Rigid Gas Permeable(RGP), as well as Orthokeratology lenses (see other page) for the control of Myopia. Soft lenses are the most popular, as they tend to be comfortable to wear immediately, whereas RGPs require up to 10 days to adapt to. RGPs offer superior optics for certain prescriptions, such as high levels of astigmatism. RGPs are also less expensive in the long term, as they generally only require replacing on an annual basis.

During the fitting process, the Optometrist will instruct on lens insertion and removal, as well as lens care and cleaning. The importance of hand hygiene cannot be over-emphasised. A trial wear period is then arranged, typically 7-10 days, by which time the wearer should be comfortable wearing and handling their lenses. Following the next check-up appointment, any adjustments required are then incorporated in the final Contact Lens Prescription, and lenses can be ordered. At a minimum, annual check-ups are then required.

We stock a wide range of lenses, from Cooper Vision, Johnson and Johnson Vision care, Alcon eyecare, No. 7 Contact lens laboratory and Bausch and Lomb.

Daily Disposable

Great for both occasional and full time wearers, Daily Disposables are quickly becoming the best modality in contact lens wear! By using a brand new lens every day, your eye is much less likely to develop microbial infections (compared with traditional re-usable lenses) and whereas original Daily Disposables may have been dry or unsuitable for long days, modern materials such as Alcon’s Water Gradient Technology in ‘Dailies Total 1’ enable comfortable & health lens wear all day every day.

Available for:

Short Sight, Far Sight, Astigmatism, Presbyopia (Varifocal).

2 Weekly – Monthly

Great for full time wearers, reusable contact lenses have been around for many years and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.The wide range of reusable lenses means that they can be better for people with stronger prescriptions (which may not be available in a daily disposable). Modern reusable lenses tend to be made of Silicon Hydrogel materials, which enable more oxygen to the front of your eye, thereby allowing a longer wearing time, and the possibility of occasional overnight wear.

Available for:

Short Sight, Far Sight, Astigmatism, Presbyopia (Varifocal).

Toric (for Astigmatism)

Whilst the more common short & long sighted prescriptions can be corrected with standard “spherical” contact lenses, Astigmatic Prescriptions require a “toric” lens. These more specialised lenses allow better accuracy at correcting the distortion that’s seen at all distances with an astigmatic or “rugby-ball shaped” eye. Toric lenses are now available in more and more varieties, including Daily Disposable, Monthly Reusable, Traditional Hydrogel, or breathable Silicon Hydrogel materials.

Available for:

Short Sight, Far Sight, Astigmatism, Presbyopia (Varifocal).

Varifocal (for Presbyopia)

As our eyes age, the crystalline lens inside becomes harder and can no longer change shape to vary its focus. This means that after the age of 45-50, we all find that we need extra help adjusting our focus from distance to near. These Varifocal contact lens options provide a stronger prescription for near, allowing you to read more comfortably without glasses, whilst maintaining great distance vision at the same time!

Did you know?

We can fit all makes and types of lenses including:

  • Daily Disposable lenses
  • Two weekly and monthly lenses
  • Toric lenses for astigmatism
  • Varifocal lenses
  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses
  • Coloured Contact Lenses


Acuvue Oasys Daily


Coopervision My Day


Reusable Contact Lenses


Air Optix Night & Day


Oasys 2 Weekly Toric


Clariti Toric


Moist Multifocal


Air Optix Multifocal