Debunking Common Myths About Contacts

Approximately 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, yet misinformation abounds about these popular corrective aids. Read on as the experienced team at Access Eye dispels some of the most common myths about contacts, giving you the accurate information you need to make decisions about your vision correction.

Contacts can get stuck behind the eye.

If you worry about a contact getting stuck behind your eye, you are not alone. But it is physically impossible for that to happen. Your conjunctiva, which is a thin membrane covering the white part of your eye, connects to the inside of your eyelid, preventing anything, including a contact, from getting lost behind your eyeball.

All contact lenses are uncomfortable.

Contact lens technology has evolved considerably, and the materials and modes of manufacturing make contact lenses comfortable to wear. Once you initially adjust to your contacts, you probably won’t even notice you are wearing them.

Contact lenses require too much care and maintenance.

Proper contact lens care is important to your eye health and safety, but the cleaning routine is fairly straightforward. You also have the option to wear daily disposable lenses, which can be discarded after a single wear.

I can’t insert or remove contact lenses on my own.

Learning to put in contact lenses for the first time certainly takes practice and a little patience. But with the Access Eye team’s help, we can help you master the process of inserting and removing contact lenses comfortably.

Contact lenses put the eyes at risk of problems.

The contact lenses themselves do not put your eye health at risk — poor contact lens hygiene and handling does. Inserting or removing your contacts without washing your hands, or not storing the lenses properly, can lead to an eye infection. But as long as you follow a careful cleaning routine and practice good personal hygiene, you should not have any problems.

If you still have concerns about properly cleaning your lenses, daily disposable lenses might be the way to go.

I am too old/young to wear contact lenses.

Contact lenses don’t have age requirements. Our knowledgeable optometrists and optical staff can help patients of all ages find the perfect lenses.