Top 10 contact lens myths
From contacts getting stuck behind your eye, to lenses falling out during your morning run, there are plenty of myths floating around. To ease your mind (and share the truth!) we’ve busted the top 10 myths about contact lenses.
Top 10 contact lens myths
Contact lenses can get stuck behind my eye
In short – it is not possible for contact lenses to get stuck behind your eye. The conjunctiva (a thin membrane) lines the inner eyelids, and folds back on itself to cover the sclera (the white of the eye). Because of this, there is no way for a dislodged lens to move to the rear or either side of the eyeball.
Contact lenses are too uncomfortable
Today’s contact lenses are designed to be as comfortable as possible. Early examples of contact lenses could be uncomfortable for some wearers. However, rather than glass or hard plastic, they're now made of high-tech materials like silicone hydrogel. This means more oxygen can enter the eye, nourishing the cornea and other areas. For most lens wearers, they’re barely noticeable!
Contact lenses require too much maintenance
Caring for your contact lenses is not as difficult as you might think. The latest lenses are easy to clean and maintain, and your optician will guide you on the best ways to look after them. If you choose to wear daily disposable contact lenses, then no cleaning or special storage methods are required at all. Hooray!
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Astigmatism means I can’t wear contact lenses
Today’s contact lenses cater to many different eye conditions. This includes astigmatism, which can be corrected by a wide range of different toric (specially-designed) contacts. Astigmatism prescriptions are available for daily disposable, extended wear and monthly lenses, so you can choose whichever suits you best.
Contact lenses bought online are more likely to cause infections
There is no difference between contact lenses bought online or from a high street shop as long as you use a reputable retailer. Regardless of whether you buy contact lenses online, it is important to visit an eye care professional regularly. Lenstore.co.uk customers are entitled to free eye tests and contact lens checkups.
I can’t wear makeup with contact lenses
Wearing makeup is not an issue for contact lens users. However, it’s recommended that you insert your lenses before applying makeup. When removing makeup, be sure to take your lenses out first, and try to avoid direct contact between your makeup products and your lenses.
Contact lenses will fall out of my eye
Older contact lens models were made of rigid materials, making them more likely to fall out of the eye during intensive activities like sports. Today’s lenses are designed to fit the natural shape of your eye, so it is very rare for them to fall out. If you have any questions, read our article on how to look after your eyes when playing sport.
I’m too old to wear contact lenses
There is no age limit for wearing contact lenses. Contacts now come with the option of varifocal and bifocal, meaning they are available for people who require different prescriptions for distance and reading. If you have any other requirements, ask your local optician about contact lens options to suit your eyes.
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I’m too young to wear contact lenses
As we mentioned before, there’s no age restriction for wearing contact lenses. Prescribing contacts is at your optician’s discretion. The maturity and capabilities of patients are considered when deciding whether contacts are suitable for your child. Daily disposable lenses require no special storage or cleaning, making them perfect for younger patients. But the latest monthly and extended-wear lenses are easy to clean and store.
Contact lenses are too expensive
Contact lenses are no longer a huge expense, and online ordering has made them cheaper than ever. Daily disposables, once considered a costly option, are now available for under £1 a day!
To see just how easy online ordering can be, give us a try.