Not true. After a brief adaptation period, most people don’t even notice they’re wearing contact lenses. For those who do experience contact lens discomfort, which is usually due to dryness innovative materials have been developed along with specialty lubricants.
I’ve been told my prescription does not suit wear contact lenses.
Yes, you can! Thanks to advances in contact lens technology in recent years, just about everyone can wear contacts. For example, there are now a number of multifocal contacts for people with presbyopia, and toric soft lenses that correct astigmatism. You may be a better candidate for contact lens wear than you think!
A contact lens will get lost behind my eye.
Definitely not!! A thin membrane called the conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids, making it impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye.
Contact lenses can get permanently stuck to my eye.
While it’s true that a soft contact lens can stick to the surface of your eye if it dries out, remoistening the lens by applying sterile saline or a multipurpose contact lens solution will get it moving again. This is often affected by the environment you are in.
Contact lenses are too much trouble to take care of.
Wrong! One-bottle multipurpose care systems make cleaning and disinfecting your lenses easy. Or you can choose to eliminate contact lens care altogether by wearing daily disposables . Dailies are the healthiest type of contact lens.
Wearing contact lenses causes eye problems.
It’s true that contact lens wear can increase your risk of certain eye problems. But if you follow your optometrists instructions regarding how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently you should replace them, wearing contact lenses is very safe. Regular aftercare and up to date advice is certainly advised.
I’ll never be able to get them in my eyes.
Sure you will. It might seem difficult at first, but our contact lens technician
will make sure you learn how to apply and remove your contacts before you leave our practise. Most people become adept at handling contact lenses much faster than they expect to!
Contacts can pop out of my eye.
Years ago, old-fashioned hard contact lenses could sometimes pop out of a wearer’s eyes during sports or other activities. But today’s contacts — including rigid gas permeable (GP) contacts — fit closer to the eye so it’s very rare for a contact lens to dislodge from a wearer’s eye unexpectedly.
Contact lenses are too expensive.
Not true. Contact lenses are often less expensive than the cost of spectacles. Daily disposable contact lenses, can cost only about a dollar a day.
I’m too old to wear contact lenses.
Who says? With the advent of bifocal contact lenses, and contacts that are specially designed for dry eyes, advancing age is no longer the barrier to successful contact lens wear it once was. Ask your optometrist if you’re a good candidate for contacts — the answer might surprise you.
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