Contact Lenses

Latest Contact Lens technology

Getting Started

To become a successful contact lens wearer you first need to have an eye examination. The health of your eyes will be assessed and the most appropriate contact lens design will be determined.

Often on the same day you will be taught how to handle your trial disposable contact lenses and once you are proficient you can leave wearing them. Most people learn very quickly. You will then be booked in for a scheduled series of appointments.

Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of a sight threatening eye infection. Having well designed suitable contact lenses prescribed by us, good cleaning solution and great advice will minimize the risks. Regular visits for eye health checks is an important part of maintaining healthy eyes while wearing them.

Most people who trial contact lenses find them much better than expected and go on to be successful wearers. Contact lenses often give improved all round vision. They can also improve your lifestyle, confidence and are ideal for sport and rainy days.

To schedule an appointment visit the Appointment Page.


Myopia Control

If there is a family history of myopia and myopia is increasing year on year then there is now proven options to slow the rate of progression. High myopia is not desirable and carries with it an increased risk of a retinal detachment or glaucoma later in life. On going wear of the lenses is essential as the myopia progression can continue as before when not worn.

Contact lenses like multifocal 1 day disposables can be used to reduce blur in the side vision that has been proven in myopia progression. Please ask for a trial. This lens design has been proven to slow myopia progression by approximately 30 to 40% in comparison to single vision contact lenses or spectacles.(Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2011; 52:9362-9367)

Dr Noel Brennan explains why myopia control is important


Ciba Dailies Total 1 Contact Lenses

Did you know approximately 30% of contact lens wearers stop wearing contact lenses due to irritation from dryness?

Ciba have just released the Ciba Dailies Total 1 contact lenses. They are a revolutionary new design made differently to all other contact lenses available today. The main feature is the lens feels wet all day in the eye allowing noticably better comfort especially later in the day.

In August 2016 the Ciba Total 1 Multifocal dailies were released. These lenses are revolutionary and for the first time people over 45 years old can have great vision near and far without glasses. Peter Dick has trialed these lenses himself and the vision and comfort is vastly improved.

Please ask for a trial when you have your eye examination.

Inserting and removing Total 1 lenses video


Other Contact Lenses

Short Sighted and long-sighted patients are often suitable for the conventional disposable lens. They are soft because they contain water and when fitted correctly they usually give comfort and good vision. There are disposable lenses designed to last for different periods from just one day to three months, taken out each night. One month disposables are the most common.

Patients with significant astigmatism need to have a weighted disposable lens, thicker at the bottom so it will not rotate in the eye. They also give good comfort.

Presbyopic patients (over 45 years old) may find previous contact lenses give great distance vision but poor reading vision. We now have a new Ciba Total 1 Multifocal dailies Contact Lenses we can trial on you. Please ask for a demonstration when you have your eyes examined. This allows freedom from glasses, great for sport or going out.

Patients wanting to change their eye colour can be fitted with the new Air Optix Colors contact lenses. There are 9 colour options to enhance your natural eye colour or completely change your eye colour. They have free plano trial lenses to trial in the Dunedin rooms. (Eye Examination fee may apply)

Remember wearing contact lenses increases the risk of eye infection so it is important you are fitted correctly, taught and have follow up visits.

Visit the Visique Website about Eye Health


The Cost

The initial cost is for all the visits combined and includes a pair of trial disposable contact lenses and a starter kit of solution.

For Disposable Soft Contact lens fitting the initial cost is $295 for new contact lens wearers. This includes an eye health examination, trial lenses, teaching and followup appointments. For existing contact lens wearers the cost is $89 ($69 for students) with followup visits if needed at $49 per visit.

Visit the Appointments page to make a time. We have Eye Examination web only specials.

When the trial disposable contact lenses run out after the recommended number of wears you will need to buy replacement packs of lenses. Packs can either contain 1 day lenses in packs of 30 or 90 pair or they can be 1 month lenses usually containing 3 or 6 months of lenses. The cost per day varies from $1.35/day fo month lenses including solution through to $2.80/day for the latest 1 day lenses.

Both Peter S. and Hana attend New Zealand Association of Optometrists conferences and New Zealand Cornea and Contact Lens Society conferences where possible.

If you are a Ciba lens wearer you now can pay for your contact lenses by direct debit at a discounted price and have them delivered direct to you from Ciba every three months*.

* Night & Day wearers every 6 months. Please ask us for more details (Conditions apply).

Visit the On-line shop for Contact lenses and Accessories


New Topcon CA-800 Corneal Topographer

This brand new machine in their Dunedin rooms allows 3D maps of the cornea on the front of the eye. This helps with contact lens fitting and before and after laser eye surgery and provides an additional test with an extra fee of $39.

It also analyses how a wave of light changes as it passes through the cornea impacting on vision quality. Finally it also allows dry eye analysis including infrared imaging of eyelid glands.

This machine was the first one in Australasia when received and is state of the art.

For more information visit the corneal topography short video