Life through a lens

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Life through a lens

Amrik Sappal, Store Director at Specsavers Opticas Fuengirola, gives an overview of what they are and how to care for them

CONTACT lenses are very popular for people of all ages and with a range of lifestyles, but people can worry that they will not be right for them, or simply never have thought about wearing them.

What are contact lenses?
Contact lenses are very thin, domed discs made up of complex plastic materials. They are positioned in front of the transparent outer layer of the eye – called the cornea – to focus images onto the retina at the back of the eye, like a spectacle lens. They stay in place by floating on the film of tear fluid covering the surface of the eye.

Who can use them?
Contact lenses are available to correct most conditions for which glasses are prescribed, and almost everyone can use them. But the type of lenses you choose must be the right ones for you.

What are the most popular type of lenses?
Soft contact lenses. They are very pliable, which makes them comfortable to wear, although they do need careful handling. They are great for sport and suitable for occasional use and even people with sensitive eyes can usually wear them successfully.

How should you care for them?
Keep them really clean, read the instructions carefully and follow them properly to avoid complications and make sure you replace them as frequently as necessary.

Specsavers Opticas offer contact lens health checks, lifestyle advice and also a free trial so you can make sure that the lenses suit you before you buy.

There are Specsavers stores in Fuengirola and Marbella, visit www.specsavers.es for more information.

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