Introduction to contact lenses

There are so many different types of contact lenses now available on the market. It is not so much as which is the best available as more that which is best suited to your eyes and how you want to wear them.

For both young and old, the freedom that wearing contact lenses brings whether for full time use or just for sports such as swimming or rugby or any other sport can be life changing.

Modern contact lenses are extremely comfortable and easy to used come in all types of prescriptions.  It only takes a short time to get used to them and the benefits of excellent vision and freedom from spectacles will make you wonder why you waited.

Getting Started

To make your introduction to contact lenses as simple as possible you can have an initial complimentary trial of FREE lenses to discuss and assess which type of lens will best suit you.

These you can then take away with you and use of the following days or weeks.  Before deciding whether you would want to order lenses for yourself. Its as easy and convenient as that.

So book your free trial today by phoning or using our contact form and discover the freedom contact lenses can bring to your life.

Why Chalmers Opticians for Contact Lenses?

Our Contact lenses are extremely competitive and as an independent company we are free to choose whatever lens on the market that best suits your own requirement.  Chalmers Opticians are continually assessing the best lenses in the market.Even before they are generally available.  To provide you with the latest developments in comfort, vision and convenience.

At Chalmers Opticians we provide clear pricing on all our products and no hidden fees. We offer FREE P&P as standard on all our online orders to provide the simplest system for you.

*We order new lenses direct from the supplier to ensure your lenses have the longest possible lifespan.

*We will not substitute lesser quality lenses to fulfil your order


Chalmers Opticians aim to make your contact lens pricing clear and easy to understand-whilst also giving you the option of how it is better to purchase for you.

We have our own professional care scheme, called Eyeplan where you pay a monthly direct debit to cover all your contact lens costs(including solutions if necessary) and this provides many separate benefits as well (see  our Eyeplan section).

But you can just pay for the professional fees with this and purchase lenses separately when required-more suitable for occasional wearers and daily disposable.

If you are entitled to NHS help-then the voucher you are entitled to after an NHS eye examination can be put towards contact lenses or glasses.

The three main types of contact lenses:

    Daily disposable soft lenses

    There is a wide variety of disposable lenses available, all of which you wear once and then throw away.  They are suitable for the majority of prescriptions, including those with astigmatism.  The great advantage with daily disposable lenses is that you don’t need to bother with a cleaning and disinfecting regime.

    Frequent replacement lenses

    These are a popular and economical option.  You wear your lenses during the day then take them out at night to clean and disinfect them.  The latest silicone hydrogel materials allow for longer wearing times which saves you money.  They can be replaced every two weeks or every month depending on your requirements.

    Gas permeable (rigid lenses)

    These are made from a rigid plastic material that allows oxygen to pass through to keep your eyes healthy.  They are suitable for all prescriptions and because they are rigid they last much longer than soft lenses.  Gas permeable lenses are replaced every 12 months-but can often last longer.  There are also new semi scleral designs of gas permeable that are larger and hence more stable on the eye to provide better stability and comfort and can be made to most prescriptions.

Contact Lenses and Brands Available

As an independent optician, we are able to fit any lens available on the market.  Here we show some of the more popular lenses supplied by the practice, but if there is a lens that is not listed but you are interested in, we would be more than likely to be able to supply that for you-so do not hesitate in contacting the practice for more information or guidance on cost of how much that lens would be.


(OVERNIGHT VISION CORRECTION) We are now offering this alternative form of vision correction-where we fit comfortable rigid gas permeable lenses to be worn overnight that are accurately formed to reshape the cornea by flattening it slightly to correct short sightedness. Then when removed in the morning you can see without needing to wear lenses during the day! Due to the clever optic design it is also recognised as the best method for ‘myopia control’ where it can reduce the advancement of myopia for younger patients who would seem more at risk of increases in power from the age of 8 upwards.