Worried about wearing contact lenses? Don’t be. Here are the 10 most common myths and why you shouldn’t worry about them…
- A contact lens can get lost behind my eye.
Nope! It is not possible for contact lenses to get lost behind your eye. A thin membrane called the conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids, making it impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye.
- Contact lenses are uncomfortable.
Not true at all! In the old days this might have been true for hard contact lenses, but with soft contact lenses (silicon hydrogel lenses) we get today, it is not the case. After a brief adaptation period, most people don’t even notice they’re wearing contact lenses. For those who do experience contact lens discomfort, several discomfort remedies are available once the cause is pinpointed.
- I can’t wear contact lenses.
If you’ve been told you can’t wear contacts, it’s time to ask again. You may be a better candidate for contact lens wear than you think!
Thanks to advances in contact lens technology in recent years, just about everyone can wear contacts. There are many multifocal contact lenses for people with presbyopia; soft, rigid and hybrid contact lenses that correct astigmatism; and custom contact lenses that can correct even the most challenging prescriptions.
- I’ll never be able to get them in my eyes.
Sure you will. It might seem difficult at first, but our Optometrist will make sure you learn how to apply and remove your contacts before you leave their office. Most people become adept at handling contact lenses much faster than they expect to. It just takes practice!
- Contact lenses are too much trouble to take care of.
Wrong! Caring for your contact lenses is not as inconvenient or difficult as you might believe. Modern lenses are easy to clean and maintain, and your optometrist will guide you on correct methods. If you choose to wear daily disposables, then no cleaning or special storage methods are required at all!
- Contact Lenses will fall out of my eye
Years ago, old-fashioned hard contact lenses could sometimes pop out of a wearer’s eyes during sports or other activities. But today’s contacts — including rigid gas permeable (GP) contacts — fit closer to the eye so it’s very rare for a contact lens to dislodge from a wearer’s eye unexpectedly. So, if you play a lot of sports, contact lenses are the way to go!
- Wearing contact lenses causes eye problems.
Contact lenses don’t directly cause problems, rather, the incorrect handling of them does. Contacts are no different from any other items you use that require close attention to hygiene and a careful cleaning routine. If you follow your optometrist instructions regarding how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently you should replace them, wearing contact lenses is very safe.
- I’m too old to wear contact lenses.
Who says? With the arrival of multifocal contact lenses, and a number of new lenses for dry eyes, advancing age is no longer the barrier to successful contact lens wear it once was. Ask your optometrist if you’re a good candidate for contacts — the answer might just surprise you.
- I can’t wear makeup with contact lenses
Wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you’ll need to restrict your make up habits.
To reduce the risk of complication, you should insert lenses before applying makeup. Contacts should also be removed before removing the makeup. Ensure that cosmetic products never come in direct contact with your lenses – using hypoallergenic products can help.
- Contact lenses are too expensive
Not true. Contact lenses can sometimes be less expensive than a good pair of spectacles. Even daily disposable contact lenses, once considered a luxury, is more affordable these days.
I hope we’ve busted some myths about contact lenses and put your minds at ease. So, what are you waiting for, phone know or use are online booking system to make an appointment with Belia or Elizma to find out if you are a good candidate to wear contacts.