Contact lenses have been around since the 1950s, and remain one of the most popular solutions for correcting refractive vision problems, particularly in those patients who would rather not wear heavy glasses and thick frames. Despite their popularity, rumors about contacts still persist. Eye and Vision Care debunks some of these myths.
MYTH: Only a Few People Can Wear Contacts
Contact lens technology has evolved leaps and bounds over the past few decades, to the point where anyone can wear them. For instance, patients with presbyopia can now have bifocal contacts, while those afflicted with astigmatism can choose to have hybrid contacts.
MYTH: A Contact Lens Might Get Behind My Eye
While contacts can be easily taken off and on, they don’t slip off when you’re using them, thanks to the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that covers the white of the eyes and connects to the inside of the eyelids. Also, today’s gas-permeable (GP) contacts allow better adhesion to the eyes, further reducing the chances of their getting dislodged.
MYTH: Contact Lenses Are Difficult to Put On and Maintain
Putting contacts off and on can take some practice, but it shouldn’t take long before it becomes easier than putting on eyeglasses with thick frames. Over time, you probably won’t even notice that you’re wearing contacts. Taking care of your contact lenses is likewise easy, thanks to one-bottle lens care kits. You can also forego maintenance with daily disposable contact lenses.
MYTH: Contacts Can Get Permanently Stuck
Contacts could get stuck if they dry out, but never permanently. In case the lens does get stuck, simply remoisten the lens and you’re good to go.
MYTH: Contact Lenses Can Pop Out Unexpectedly
It is true that this can happen with rigid contacts when the wearer is engaged in sports or similar activities, but this is not the case with soft contacts, as well as GP contacts. They fit closer to the eyes, creating better adhesion that lets you have fun without worrying about losing your contacts.
To learn more about contact lenses and other corrective methods such as orthokeratology, call Eye and Vision Care today at (703) 988-2571 (Fairfax), (703) 910-5952 (South Riding) or (703) 659-2635 (Haymarket). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an eye appointment. We serve Haymarket, South Riding and Fairfax, VA.