There are many myths about contact lenses, so it can sometimes be hard to separate the facts. Here are some common contact lens myths set straight!
- Contact lenses are uncomfortable
Contact lenses are very comfortable. Most people say ACUVUE OASYS® contact lenses feel like wearing almost nothing in their eyes and 1-DAY ACUVUE® TRUEYE® are proven to feel like wearing no lens at all.
- You can’t wear contact lenses if you have astigmatism
People with astigmatism can now enjoy contact lenses, thanks to our Accelerated Stabilisation Design technology, which helps to align your contact lens every time you blink.
- Contact lenses cause eye infections
If proper care routines are followed, the risk of eye infections is minimal. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contact lenses and follow the lens care advice of your optician.
- A contact lens can get lost behind your eye
It’s physically impossible to lose a contact lens “behind” your eye. A membrane covers your eye and connects inside your eyelids, preventing anything from getting behind your eye, including a contact lens.
- Contact lenses can get stuck to your eye
Contact lenses cannot get stuck to your eye and are easily removed using the method your optician recommends.
- Contact lenses are difficult to look after
It takes very few of the 1,440 minutes you have in the day to remove, clean and store your reusable contact lenses. And if you choose daily disposable lenses – you can save those minutes too!
- Contacts lenses can pop out of your eye
Properly fitted contact lenses should stay in place. In the rare event that a lens moves out of place, it will stay on your eye. Blinking a few times should move it back into position. Otherwise, wash your hands and gently massage your eyelid or move the lens with your finger.
- Children and teenagers can’t wear contact lenses
Lots of teenagers and even children wear lenses. Successful use depends more on responsible behaviour and attitude than age. Ask your optician for more advice and read our article about contact lenses for children and teenagers.
- People over 40 shouldn’t wear contact lenses
People of all ages can wear contact lenses. As we get older, most of us develop the need for reading glasses. If you wear contact lenses, you don’t have the hassle of switching glasses to read a newspaper, book or menu.
- Contact lenses can increase short-sightedness in children
A study of eight to 11 year olds showed contact lens wearers had no greater increase in short-sightedness (myopia) when compared to children wearing glasses1.
- I only need to wear glasses when I drive
If you need vision correction to drive, you’ll also benefit from wearing contact lenses the rest of the time. Lenses provide clear, crisp vision all the time. And unlike glasses, they won’t smudge, steam up, fall off, break or restrict your peripheral vision.
So that’s all the common myths about contact lenses busted! Now read all about the benefits of contact lenses here.
1. Jeffrey J Walline, Kristina Lindsley, Satyanarayana S Vedula, Susan A Cotter, Donald O Mutti, J. Daniel Twelker. 2011. Interventions to slow progression of myopia in children. The Cochrane Library. 10.1002/14651858.CD004916.pub3.