Contact lenses are a great solution to several vision issues, but people often have incorrect information or preconceived notions about this incredible resource. While contact lenses might not be a good “fit” for everyone, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.
Here are three of the common contact lens myths we’d like to set straight!
Myth: Contact lenses can get trapped behind your eye
This is physically impossible. A membrane (called the conjunctiva) covers the part of your eye that connects inside your eyelids, preventing anything from getting behind it - including your contact lenses.
If you feel like a lens is behind your eye, it is probably tucked under your eyelid and can be removed easily by gently massaging the eyelid and looking up and down.
That being said, a soft contact lens can stick to the surface of your eye if it dries out. However, remoistening the lens with saline or a contact lens solution will get it unstuck.
If a contact feels seriously stuck or is causing pain, talk to your eye doctor.
Myth: I can't wear contact lenses with my vision issues
Thanks to advances in contact lens technology in recent years, contact lenses now correct a wide variety of vision issues for more difficult eyes. For example:
There are many bifocal contact lenses for people with presbyopia or trouble focusing up close
Soft, rigid and hybrid contact lenses that correct astigmatism
Custom contact lenses that can correct even the most challenging prescriptions
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!
Myth: I’m too old or not old enough to wear contact lenses
People of all ages can wear contact lenses.
With the advent of multifocal contact lenses and a number of new contacts for dry eyes, advancing age is no longer the barrier to successful contact lens wear it once was.
Teenagers, and even children, have no physical issues preventing them from wearing contact lenses. Successful use depends more on enthusiasm and maturity than age, as looking after lenses means taking on responsibility.
Ask your eye doctor if you're a good candidate for contacts — the answer might surprise you.
Are Contact Lenses Right For You?
For something so small, contact lenses have a big impact on our lives. If you’re considering making the switch from glasses to contacts, Eden Prairie Eye Care is here to start you down the right path!
Contact us today at (952) 944-2792 or via our online platform to schedule your comprehensive eye exam. We’ll help you discover the best corrective vision plan that meets all your eyecare needs!