Even in this day and age, there are still a lot of misconceptions about contact lenses. Here are the truths behind 10 myths about contact lenses.
- They’re expensive. The price depends on many factors, such as the type you want to buy and where you’re buying them from. But the price isn’t as high as it used to be. Nowadays, you can order online and the price is much lower. Even daily disposables now cost much less than a cup of coffee at your local café.
- They’re only suitable for a certain age range. Your eye doctor can prescribe them for children, though it does depend on how mature they are about them. With daily contacts, there’s even no maintenance involved.
Eye prescriptions for the elderly can also be much more complicated, but contact lenses can also accommodate them. There are even bifocal and varifocal options for contact lenses. Your optician can discuss your options.
- They’re not right for your eye condition. Again, only your eye doctor will know for sure. But for the most part, there’s a very good chance that you can wear contact lenses instead of eyeglasses to correct your vision. Recent developments in technology have resulted in contact lenses that can correct various eye conditions. There are toric soft lenses for astigmatism and bifocal contacts for presbyopia.
- You can’t use them while playing sports. That may be true when you use hard contact lenses, but there’s always the option of wearing soft contact lenses. These soft contacts won’t really damage your eyes, and they rarely pop out.
- They can get stuck in your eyes. This is impossible. Yes, it’s true that if your eyes dry out then soft contact lenses may stick to your eye surface. But you can just quickly apply some contact lens solution and that solves the problem right away.
- They’re uncomfortable to wear. No they’re not, and they’re certainly not painful either. Most of the time, most people even forget that they’re wearing contacts at all. All you really need is some time to adapt. There are also lots of soft contact lenses that are extremely comfortable, and your eye doctor can deal with any irritation you may feel. You may have to change the lenses or care products, and you may have to improve some daily habits.
- There’s too much maintenance involved. You do need to clean your lenses, but these maintenance tasks are quick and easy. But even if these simple cleaning procedures are too much for your extremely busy lifestyle, you can always opt for daily disposables.
- They pop out a lot. This is true in the old days, but nowadays they only most happen in the movies. In real life, they’re designed to fit very close to the eye so it rarely ever happens.
- They’re difficult to put on. No, though it does seem that way at first. Your eye care expert can teach you how to do it before you leave their office, and you will learn it easily. Most people are amazed at how quickly they become experts in handling their contact lenses.
- You can’t wear makeup with contact lenses. Sure you can. Put them on before you put on your makeup, and take them out before you remove your makeup. You just need to make sure that your lenses don’t come into direct contact with your cosmetics. If you want to be doubly sure, you can always stick to hypoallergenic cosmetics.
Now you know all these facts, are you sure you still want to wear eyeglasses?