Contact Lens Myth Busters

Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Myth Busters

The innovations in the contact lens industry has meant that contact lenses have become accessible to most of the population. There are many facts and myths surrounding contact lens wear we thought we’d clear a few up for you.

Contact lenses can get lost behind your eye

Quite simply they can’t – there’s nowhere for them to go. A membrane covers your eye and connects inside your eyelids, preventing anything from getting behind your eye.

Wearing poorly fitted lenses can damage you eye

This is very true. It’s vital to get your lenses measured and fitted by one of our highly-qualified opticians. Wearing poorly fitted contact lenses can damage your cornea. Its also important get a yearly contact lens check, where we check the health of the eye and suitability of the contact lenses.

Contact lenses are hard to put in and take out

When you first wear your contact lenses, our highly-qualified optometrist will guide you through helpful techniques that will show you how to put lenses in and take them out. Many children wear contact lenses and can comfortably put them in and take them out. It might take some getting used to but it won’t take long.

If I wear contact lenses I can’t wear make up

Says who? Put your lenses in first and then apply your make up. Millions of women across the globe wear contact lenses and make up. You might want to consider hypo-allergenic make up products though.

I have astigmatism, I can’t wear lenses

Modern contact lenses can cater to many different eye conditions, including astigmatism. There are many options for those who suffer from astigmatism. Our optician will be able to guide you through some choices.

Children can’t wear contact lenses

There’s no risk to children wearing contact lenses. If your child plays a lot sport or contact lenses would benefit them in their daily life its worth talking to our optician. We usually take into consideration, the maturity and capabilities of the patient when deciding suitability.

So, who really can’t wear contact lenses?

There are very few people who can’t wear contact lenses.

Sometimes, people with severe dry eyes find contact lens wear tricky as their eyes aren’t moist enough, but this is very rare. Patients who suffer from Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eye lid, at the time of the infection find contact lens wear hard as their eyes are itchy, so it’s worth just giving contact lenses a break for that period.   Those with severe eye allergies might struggle with itchy eyes, however if you are on antihistamines this could improve your condition and aid contact lens comfort.

If you are thinking of trying contact lenses or you’re due an annual contact lens check, pop into one of our stores and book a contact lens check today. Many of our patients love the freedom of contact lenses.