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Contact Lens Clinic

In this clinic, final year optometry students carry out contact lens consultations and aftercare examinations under the close supervision of experienced optometrists and contact lens opticians.Three clinic staff

We offer an extensive range of the most up-to-date contact lenses and lens care solutions at competitive prices. These include: 

  • Monthly replacement and daily disposable soft lenses
  • The latest silicone hydrogel soft lenses that allow more oxygen to reach your eye
  • The latest gas permeable (RGP) lenses
  • Toric lenses to correct astigmatism
  • Cosmetic / coloured lenses to change the appearance of your eye  
  • Lenses with built-in UV protection
  • Lenses to correct presbyopia (the reduction in near vision with age)
  • Lenses to slow the development of short sight in children (myopia control)
  • Specialist lenses for conditions such as keratoconus
  • Orthokeratology - lenses that are worn overnight to change the shape of your eye so you do not require an optical correction during the day
  • Please note, we do not currently fit extended/continuous wear contact lenses (lenses that you sleep in), as we cannot provide the 24-hour support required in case of emergency.  

Further information on the different types of contact lenses is available.

What does an appointment involve?

Contact lens fitting consultation

We assess your suitability for contact lenses and make recommendations on appropriate lens types for you after considering factors such as lifestyle, prescription and the shape of your eyes. You will then be able to trial different contact lenses so that we can determine the best lenses for your eyes, and you can experience what it is like to wear contact lenses.

Aftercare examination

This involves examining your eyes to ensure that your contact lenses still fit well, the prescription is correct and that your eyes are not adversely affected by wearing lenses. We may recommend modifying your contact lens prescription, lens type or care solutions to ensure optimum ocular health.

Contact lens charges

All contact lens consultations and aftercare appointments are free of charge because the contact lens clinic is a teaching clinic and therefore appointments tend to take a little longer than would be the case in a high street opticians.
The cost of your contact lenses varies depending on the type of lens deemed suitable for your eyes. The list below provides some common examples

  • Standard gas permeable contact lenses start from as little as £60 a pair.
  • Conventional soft lenses, usually replaced on a monthly basis, start from around £25 a month.
  • Daily disposable lenses cost around £16 for 30 pairs (a month's supply). Since they are replaced daily, no solutions are required.

If you would like to know the cost of a specific brand, please contact the clinic reception directly on 01274 234649.

Appointment checklist

Contact lens fitting consultation

To provide you with the best possible care, it is helpful if you bring the following with you:

  • Your last spectacle prescription. This must be from an eye examination that has taken place within the last six months and it should be endorsed as 'suitable for contact lenses', otherwise you will need an eye examination prior to contact lens fitting.
  • All spectacles and contact lenses you currently use
  • A list of your current medication
  • Your GP's details

Contact lens aftercare for existing wearers

To provide you with the best possible care, it is helpful if you bring the following with you:

  • Your current storage case and care solutions
  • Your spectacles, in case your lenses need to be left out for a period of time following the appointment
  • Wear your lenses in a routine manner on the day of your appointment


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