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Busting 10 Contact Lens Myths

Busting 10 Myths About Contact Lenses

1. Contact Lenses Can Get Stuck Behind My Eye

close up of blue eye

It is not possible for contact lenses to get stuck behind the eye. 

The Conjunctiva lines the inner eyelids, folding back on itself to cover the sclera (white of the eye). Because of this, there is no way for a dislodged lens to gain access to the rear or either side of the eyeball. 

For information, read our guide on how to put in and take out contact lenses

2. Contact Lenses Are Too Uncomfortable

woman putting in contact lens

Modern contact lenses are designed to be as comfortable and non-intrusive as possible.

Early iterations 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. More oxygen is able to enter the eye, nourishing the cornea and other structures so that wearers often don’t even notice them.

To see how much the technology has evolved over the years, read up on the history of contact lenses

3. Contact Lenses Require Too Much Maintenance

contact lenses

Caring for your contact lenses is not as inconvenient or difficult as you might believe. 

Modern lenses are easy to clean and maintain, and your Optician will guide you on correct methods. If you choose to wear daily disposables, then no cleaning or special storage methods are required at all!

If you want to know more, read our article on how to care for contact lenses

4. Astigmatism Means I Can’t Wear Contact Lenses

astigmatism written on a contact lens box

Modern contact lenses are able to cater to many different eye conditions.
 
This includes astigmatism, which can be corrected by a wide range of different toric contacts. Astigmatism prescriptions are available for daily disposable, extended wear and monthly lenses.

For more information on the condition, read about the causes, symptoms and treatment of astigmatism

5. Contact Lenses Bought Online Are More Likely To Cause Infections

computer screen

When buying from a reputable seller, there is no difference between contact lenses bought online or from a brick-and-mortar store. 

This misconception may be because some wearers aren’t made aware of how to care for their contacts. This can lead to an increased risk of infection. Because of this, and regardless of whether you buy lenses online, it is important to visit an eye care professional regularly.

If you’re a customer at Lenstore.co.uk, then you’re entitled to free eye tests and contact lens checkups

6. I Can’t Wear Makeup With Contact Lenses

woman putting on eye liner

Wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you’ll need to restrict your make up habits. 

To reduce the risk of complication, you should insert lenses before applying makeup. Contacts should also be removed before removing the makeup. Ensure that cosmetic products never come in direct contact with your lenses – using hypoallergenic products can help.

If you do use make up with contact lenses, read about how wearing eyeliner could be damaging your eyes

7. Contact Lenses Aren’t Suitable For Sports

sportswoman's eyes

Older contact lens models were made of rigid materials, making them more likely to pop out of the eye during intensive activities like sports. Rigid materials also had the potential danger of damaging the eye when playing contact sports or in the case of blunt trauma.

Modern lenses fit much more closely to the natural shape of the eye. This means it is very rare for them to pop out of the eye, making contacts a convenient option for vision correction in sports.

For more on keeping your eyes healthy while staying active, read about how to look after your eyes when playing sport

8. I’m Too Old To Wear Contact Lenses

older man having an eye exam

There is no set limit to how old you can be to wear contact lenses.

Contacts now come with the option of varifocal and bifocal. This means that older eyes can wear lenses, even if they 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.

If you want to know how your diet can help prevent age-related eye conditions, check out our ultimate three-course meal for healthy eyes

9. I’m Too Young To Wear Contact Lenses

child's eyes

Similarly to the lack of an age limit on contact lenses, there is no universal age to when you can start wearing them.

Prescribing contacts is at your Optician’s discretion. The maturity and capabilities of the patient are all considered when deciding whether contacts are suitable for your child. Fortunately, contact lenses can be very easy to maintain. Daily disposable lenses require no special storage or cleaning, making them perfect for younger patients.

For more information on vision correction at a young age, read our parent’s guide to children and contact lenses

10. Contact Lenses Are Too Expensive

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Contact lenses are no longer the great expense they once were, and online ordering has made them cheaper than ever! Even daily disposables, once considered a costly option, are now available for under £1 a day.

To see just how great online ordering can be, look no further than our selection of contact lenses on Lenstore.co.uk!