Busting Myths About CONTACT
About Contact LENSES
There’s what you hear about lenses and then there’s the truth.
Can contact lenses get lost behind my eye?
Not a chance. It’s physically impossible. A membrane covers your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids, so there’s no chance that it could happen.
Can contact lenses scratch my eye?
Such contact lens-related problems can occur, but they’re unlikely. Most common eye health issues are caused by poorly fitted lenses, or by not taking care of the lenses like you should.
Can contact lenses get stuck to my eye?
Not likely. Contact lenses can be easily removed using the method your eye care practitioner recommended. All it takes is practice and patience.
Can contact lenses fall out of my eye?
Not likely. With proper fitting, contact lenses should stay in place almost all the time. Even on that rare occasion when a contact lens moves out of place, it usually stays in your eye until you move it back.
Are eye infections common when wearing contact lenses?
Contact lens-related health problems can occur, but they’re rare. Infections are most commonly related to poor cleaning routines or other lens care-related issues. If you follow your eye care practitioner’s directions for proper wear and care, you should be fine.
Are contact lenses more expensive than glasses?
Contact lenses can be surprisingly affordable. Plus, replacing a lost contact lens can be cheap and easy compared to replacing lost or damaged glasses.
Can you only wear contact lenses if you need glasses all the time?
If your need for vision correction isn’t that great, contact lenses are an easy, always-there alternative to wear when you need them for certain activities, such as sports. And, unlike glasses, contact lenses won’t get blurred, steam up, fall off or break, and you won’t lose any peripheral vision. Learn more about Glasses & Contact Lenses.
If you wear contact lenses, is it okay to share them with someone who doesn’t?
No. Eye care practitioners suggest lenses as per each person’s lifestyle and the unique shape of their eyes hence you should not be sharing your lenses. The lens that fits you well may not fit the other person properly.
Do you have to be an adult to wear contact lenses?
Lots of teenagers, and even some preteens, wear contact lenses. The average age people usually get contact lenses is 13, but it has been shown that some younger children are mature enough to wear and care for contact lenses. Sometimes it’s more about responsibility and attitude than about age. Learn more about Talking to Your Parents.
Do my eyes need a rest from contact lenses to “breathe”?
In general, no. Unless your eye care practitioner has instructed you otherwise, you can safely wear your lenses every day.
Are contact lenses bad for your eyes?
Contact lenses are safe. Be sure to follow the replacement schedule and cleaning instructions that your eye care practitioner provides and you’re good to go.