Contact lenses are a popular alternative to glasses, but many people hesitate to try them out because of common myths and misinformation. Here are six myths about contact lenses that don’t hold up to reality.
- Contact lenses aren’t for everyone.
You may have heard that some people can’t wear contact lenses because they have a challenging prescription or a specific vision problem. However, because of new contact lens technology, almost everyone can wear contacts. You can get bifocal contact lenses, lenses for astigmatism, and custom made lenses for almost all other issues.
- Contact lenses can get stuck or lost behind your eye.
A contact lens can stick to the surface of your eye if it gets too dry, but it can’t get permanently stuck. Contact lenses also can’t get lost behind your eye. The inner surface of your eye is lined with the conjunctiva, which turns into the covering of the eyeball. This means that it’s impossible for your contacts to reach the back of your eye. They may get stuck under your eyelid, but it’s easy to retrieve them.
- Contact lenses are uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Contact lenses might feel strange for the first few days you wear them, but almost everyone adjusts quickly. Most people can’t feel their contacts in their eyes at all. Contacts are also very easy to take care of once you get used to the cleansing process.
- Contact lenses cost too much.
Contact lenses are usually about the same price or only slightly more expensive than glasses. In some cases, they can be even cheaper than glasses. For many people, the benefits of contacts are worth paying slightly more.
- Contact lenses are hard to put in.
It might be difficult to put your contacts in the first few times, but you’ll adjust quickly. When you get your contacts, your eye care provider will make sure you know how to put them in and take them out.
- Contact lenses are dangerous.
Current technology has made modern contact lenses very safe. There are a few eye problems that can develop if you wear contact lenses, but the vast majority of contact lens wearers have no issues. Properly cleaning your contacts and following your eye care provider’s instructions will help you minimize your risk of eye damage.