Dose of Freedom

Experience great freedom and convenience with Contact Lenses.


We can offer a wide range of contact lenses to correct almost all types of focusing errors including myopia (short-sighted), hyperopia (long-sighted), astigmatism and presbyopia (replacing the need for reading glasses).

Soft contact lenses and Dailies

Soft contact lenses, particularly daily disposable lenses, offer several advantages. They are known for their ease of wear, providing excellent comfort without requiring an extended adaptation period. The traditional hydrogel materials, which combine water and plastic polymers, have been replaced by silicone hydrogel materials. This advancement involves incorporating silicone into the plastic matrix of the lenses. As a result, silicone hydrogel lenses offer up to five times greater oxygen permeability compared to older lens materials. This enhanced oxygen flow allows the eyes to breathe more easily and promotes better eye health while wearing lenses.

In addition to standard soft lenses, there are specialised options available. Toric soft lenses are designed to correct astigmatism, while multifocal lenses are beneficial for individuals over 40 who experience reading difficulties. These multifocal lenses help provide clear vision at various distances.

An easy, convenient and healthy method of vision correction during the day. They are used once and then disposed of at the end of the day. As they are never used again there is no additional cleaning or storage requirement.

These lenses are designed to be used during the day and removed overnight. They are replaced either fortnightly or monthly. Slightly more care is required in looking after these lenses as they are being reused, they will require cleaning and storing solutions.

When the eye is said to have astigmatism or “rugby-ball shaped” eye, then using standard “spherical” contact lenses will not fully correct the focussing error and so leaves some blurring or distortion in vision. Astigmatic Prescriptions require a “toric” lens. These more specialised lenses allow better accuracy at correcting the blurring and distortion, leaving you with clearer vision.

As our eyes get older, the lens inside our eyes becomes less flexible and can no-longer change shape to allow focus on things that are close to us. Most people notice this at some stage but typically you become aware of difficulty from 40 yrs. of age onwards. Multifocal contact lens just like varifocals spectacles helps to improve near vision without upsetting distance vision.

Every prescription and a variety of needs can be met with the technology available today. Some prescriptions however require more bespoke made contact lenses that will meet your visual requirements.

Contact Lens Trial

If you prefer not to rely solely on glasses for vision correction, contact lenses present a convenient alternative. At Foster Opticians, we offer a comprehensive contact lens assessment that allows you to explore and try out contact lenses both in our consulting room and in your everyday environment. This extended trial period provides you with the opportunity to fully experience the advantages of contact lenses and witness how they can enhance your quality of life.

Your contact lens trial will consist of the following:

  • We’ll discuss your lifestyle and help to choose the contact lenses that are right for you.
  • Examination of the ocular surface and lids
  • Assessment of the tear film
  • Discussion of appropriate lens types according to results of above
  • Application of trial lenses to assess immediate tolerance (occasionally this may need to be booked as a separate appointment if trial lenses need to be specially ordered)
  • Vision assessment with lenses
  • Fit assessment
  • Teaching session with qualified member of staff lasting approx 20-40 minutes
  • Lens insertion and removal technique
  • Wearing instructions / lens care / cleaning where necessary
  • Solutions and hygiene advice
  • Contact lens ‘do’s and don’ts
  • Trial pack of lenses to take away to be worn in your own environment and trial pack of solutions where necessary
  • Lenses need to be worn to this appointment (please wear at least 2 hours before attending)
  • Review of fit and vision, refinement where necessary
  • If any changes are made a further appointment may be necessary, which will be covered by the fee paid at the first appointment


Been coming here since I was about 3 years and am now 47 years old. Been a regular here since around 1983. Only in the last few days 3 has the legendary Mr Foster (MA Foster) retired and sold the practice. The new team are impressive too and invested heavily into the facilities. The same secretary (Miriam ) from the 1990's still holds the fort. The new optician Saloami is really nice and does a good eye test.The manager and head optician Agga is really something special. A lovely young lady.
Samuel Covill
Samuel Covill
22:16 04 Jan 24
Full PPI observed including distances and cleaning seats before and after use
mike moody
mike moody
00:50 19 May 21
Extremely professional and very Covid safe. Genuinely delighted to have been recommended this opticians
Nicky Gist
Nicky Gist
11:34 18 May 21
Outstanding care, professional with covid regulations followed throughout my Assessment, very caring and polite staff would highly recommend.
Nicola Bowe
Nicola Bowe
14:26 27 Feb 21
Brilliant - Been a customer here since 1978 ! Got my first glasses here when about 2 years old and am now over 40! Have not lived in New Barnet or East Barnet since 2010 but didn't want to change to an optician closer to home. Pity Mr Foster has just retired and sold the business last year so it remains to be seen how the new owners will progress but no complaints so far.
14:55 09 May 18