Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are an ideal alternative to prescription glasses particularly when playing sport and for people who don’t like wearing spectacles.

With recent advances in design technology, contact lenses are now more affordable, easier to care for, and most importantly, more comfortable. If you have worn contact lenses in the past why not make an appointment to discuss your requirements with our optometrist, who will be able to recommend lenses to suit your lifestyle.

You may be unsure what type of contact lens is suitable for your eyes. At Mackinley Optical we can help you choose a contact lens system that specifically suits your needs.

Some of our most popular contact lenses include the following:
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses:

  • Soft contact lenses that are discarded after one wear
  • Do not need to be cleaned
  • Perfect for:
    • first time and occasional contact lens wearers
    • swimmers and those playing contact sports
  • Limited tint colours available

Disposable contact lenses (fortnightly or monthly):

  • Soft contact lenses that are worn each day for either a fortnight or a month
  • Removed each night, cleaned and stored in contact lens solution
  • Available for those requiring toric or multifocal lenses
  • Various tint colours available

Extended wear contact lenses (fortnightly or monthly):

  • Soft contact lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days without removal
  • Able to be worn overnight when sleeping
  • Made of a revolutionary silicon hydrogel material which allows the eye to “breathe”
  • Do not require cleaning
  • Available for those requiring toric or multifocal lenses

Multi-focal contact lenses:

  • Soft contact lenses that are available in daily disposables and fortnightly or monthly disposables
  • A great alternative to multi-focal spectacles for those with presbyopia
  • Can be worn to correct your vision for distance and reading

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses:
RGP contact lenses are rigid lenses made of durable plastic. They provide better vision, durability and deposit resistance than soft contact lenses. Soft lenses are comfortable immediately and RGP lenses require an adaptation period before they are comfortable.

RGP lenses are used for patients who have a condition called keratoconus. They are also used for ortho-k, where specially designed RGP lenses are worn during sleep to reshape the cornea to temporarily correct short-sightedness.