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ABOVE IS A RANGE OF COLOURED LENSES BELOW IS A
CRAZY LENS


Crazy

ENGLAND CAPTAIN WEARING ENGLAND FLAG LENS




CLOSE UP OF THE ENGLAND FLAG LENS




AN EYE WITH KERATOCONUS




CORNEAL SCARRING IN KERATOCONUS




 CONTACT LENSES ARE MORE POPULAR THAN EVER

More people are wearing contact lenses than ever before. According to a report by the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers, 3.3 million people in the UK now wear contact lenses which represents 7% of the adult population of the UK and is an all time high. Fifty five per cent wear daily disposable lenses, 21 per cent wear silicone-hydrogel lenses and 10% rigid contact lenses.

 ADVANTAGES OF CONTACT LENSES

Contact lenses can be worn continuously day and night for one month at a time or replaced every day, can be made to focus on far, intermediate and near distances, can give you a more natural type of vision with no distortions, a normal field of view, no image size change, cannot mist up or get covered in rain and can be coloured to enhance or completely change your eye colour.

 WHAT TYPES OF CONTACT LENSES ARE THERE?

D & J Brower Opticians supply a full range of all the latest designs including daily, weekly, two-weekly, monthly and three-monthly disposable, bifocal, multifocal, progressive, toric for astigmatism, one month continuous wear and various types of tinted as well as traditional re-usable soft and gas-permeable contact lenses.

Crazy lenses are now available and Jess Wright, England's U19 women's football captain is shown wearing the white background and red cross of St George contact lens. Others designs available are the Cats-Eye, Reptile, Fire and Blood Red.

 LENSES BY POST

If it is difficult for you to attend to collect your lenses, we offer a mailing service which can send lenses direct to your home or place of work.

 LENS SOLUTIONS BY POST

We can also supply and send any EYE PRODUCTS or CONTACT LENS LIQUIDS, GELS OR TABLETS you may have trouble obtaining. Just click on CONTACT LENS SOLUTIONS

 ANY PROBLEMS WITH CONTACT LENSES?

Surely not! Occasionally difficulties may arise, the most common of which is a drying out of the lenses and eyes. See how dryness may be overcome by clicking onDRY EYES.

Studies have shown that up to 83% of contact lens storage cases are contaminated with germs or bugs known as pathogens and up to 13% of opened contact lens solutions had been contaminated with microbes. A survey found that over 40% of contact lens wearers admitted to not always washing their hands before lens handling. Contact lens infections are still rare according to a study conducted by the university of New South Wales affecting around five in 10,000 wearers.

There are a number of factors which increase the risk of microbial keratitis (eye infection). Showering in lenses increases the risk of infection by 2.7x, smoking by 2.5x, occasional overnight wear in daily lenses by 4.7x, not washing hands before handling lenses by 2x, not storing lens case dry by 2.4x, swimming in lenses by 2.7x (acanthamoeba infection by 17x) and being male increases infection risk by 2.1x.

The risk of microbial keratitis increases three-fold with internet supply and by five times with international supply.

 CHANGE OF EYE COLOUR?

It is well known that a sudden change in eye colour will cause a response in another human being. Eye colour is determined genetically and depends on the amount of brown pigment (melanin) present in the coloured part of the front of the eye (the iris). Some coloured contact lenses can completely change even the darkest eyes.

Choose a colour to suit your mood and lifestyle - then next month, if you prefer, change it!

Coloured eyes have particular associations, for example, brown coloured eyes are thought to be associated with intelligence and blue eyes with sweetness.

Coloured contact lenses can alter the way wearers perceive themselves and can boost confidence and esteem. Changing the colour of the eyes can be exciting to the wearer who can feel amazing. It is often said that eyes are windows to the soul. Eyes are essential to physical communication and can flash in anger, be used for staring, flirting, or even filling with tears.

Coloured contact lenses are not as expensive as people may imagine. Monthly lenses are from £20.00 for a box of two lenses. Most people choose blue or green, so watch how an eye can change between these two colours.

Blue is the colour - or is it Green?

 QUALIFIED

It is against the General Optical Council regulations to claim or imply that one optician is better than another. However, Mr Brower does hold the advanced diploma in contact lens practice from the British Optical Association (now called the College of Optometrists). This diploma is of the highest standard available in the UK and out of thousands of opticians in the country this proof of high level of expertise is obtained by only one or sometimes none per year out of the whole country.

WHY NOT TRY
CONTACT
LENSES 

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TYPES OF
CONTACT LENSES

 CONTACT LENSES for DAY and NIGHT

You can now wake up to clear vision with special contact lenses that are safe and healthy for the eyes. Modern technology balances oxygen and water to provide all day and night comfort and allow healthy overnight wear. Enjoy the convenience of wearing them for up to 30 days and 29 nights, then, after one month, simply throw them away and put in a new pair.

These lenses lenses are ideal for anyone who wants the convenience of 24-hour vision as they are designed specifically for long-term, uninterrupted wear.  The material provides 4 to 5 times more oxygen to the cornea than conventional soft lenses, advanced technology maintains moisture even in extreme conditions and special surface treatment repels the build-up of protein deposits. They have proved to be safe to wear.

These lenses have proved ideal for those who want to be able to forget about their contact lenses or who have thought about having the laser operation but think it is a little too drastic. They are especially convenient for holiday use and if you are wondering how the lenses perform in extreme conditions, Ann Daniels (a member of the first British all-female team to conquer the South Pole) wore PureVision lenses on her expedition without problems.

For 30 days uninterrupted wear           For good vision at all distances

 CONTACT LENSES for FAR and NEAR

Did you know that you can now get bifocal and progressive contact lenses? If you wear contact lenses and need spectacles for reading why not try contact lenses that let you see far and near.

Imagine yourself walking around the supermarket or in a restaurant not needing to put on reading glasses but able to see at all distances and in all directions. It is like having natural good vision again.

The contact lenses are usually very comforable and can be worn without the need for a build-up time, so you can carry on with your spectacles part-time for work or home, if you prefer.

There are, in fact, a number of different designs available and at D & J Brower Opticians we are not tied to any particular manufacturer and can select the best type available for you.

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 CONTACT LENSES
for
SWIMMING

Contact lenses are often the first choice form of vision correction for most sports but care needs to be exercised if used while swimming.

In fresh (hypotonic) water, soft lenses tend to stick to the cornea (the front part of the eye) due to an osmotic effect. Ideally one should wait for twenty minutes after leaving the swimming pool before taking out the lenses. There is also a risk of infection from acanthamoeba or toxic reactions from chemicals in the water.

In salt or sea (hypertonic) water, soft lenses may float off the eye.

For many, prescription swimming goggles will be the safest form of vision correction or plane goggles worn over the contact lenses.

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 CONTACT LENSES
for
KERATOCONUS

Keratoconus is a thinning of the cornea, which is the clear outer covering of the front surface of the eye. A thinner cornea cannot maintain its normal shape but gives rise to an irregular protrusion in the shape of a cone, hence the name. The distortion in shape gives rise to distorted vision.

About 1 in 2000 people have keratoconus, which often starts around the early twenties and deteriorates gradually, both eyes usually become affected and occasionally there is a family history although the cause is unknown.

The use of gas permeable contact lenses is usually the best method of managing keratoconus although if the cornea becomes too scarred a corneal transplant may be necessary. Gas permeable lenses available in numerous designs provide the eye with a new regular surface to neutralise the distortions of the distorted cornea. Specialist fitting is required to cope with the very steep and irregular shape of the cornea.

Often other eye care practitioners refer keratoconus sufferers to Mr Brower, whose many patients have achieved considerable success with contact lenses.

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 CONTACT LENSES
can save your eyesight

Stephen Kerslake's eyesight was saved from irreparable damage by his contact lenses when he had sulphuric acid thrown in his eyes during an unprovoked attack by a gang of youths when he tried to defend a passer-by. Doctors said it was only his contact lenses which prevented him from going blind, it was reported in the Daily telegraph in August 2008.


 ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS WHEN YOU WEAR YOUR LENSES:

Do my eyes look normal? — no redness

Do my eyes feel comfortable with my lenses? — no discomfort

Do I see well? —no unusual blurring


If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, leave your lenses out and consult your contact lens practitioner.



 THE DOS AND DON'TS OF CONTACT LENS WEAR

DO

Attend for regular check-ups as recommended by your practitioner

Wash and dry your hands prior to handling your lenses

Clean, rinse and disinfect your lenses after each use (except daily disposable lenses, which should be discarded after each wear, and continuous wear lenses)

Air-dry the storage case and keep dry when lenses are being worn

Apply your lenses before putting on make-up

Remove lenses then remove make-up

Replace your storage case monthly to prevent a build-up of contamination

Avoid hairspray as this can coat your lenses

Have spare lenses (and solutions, if used)

Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles available for when you need to remove your lenses

DON'T

Use tap water on your lenses or lens case

Re-use disinfecting solution – discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored

Sleep in your lenses unless specifically advised to by your practitioner

Switch the type of solution you use except on the advice of your practitioner

Use your lenses for swimming or water sports, unless wearing goggles

Wear your lenses when showering or having a bath


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