While contacts may just be a total blessing for anyone with weak eyesight, or anyone who wants to experiment with eye colors; the sheer number of horrifying myths about them are enough to make people back up! However, don’t believe everything you hear!
Do your research: really dig into the subject matter and find out what’s true and what’s not. This article is going to apply the same strategy to contact lens myths that really should be thrown out like the garbage they are!
This applies not only to contacts for vision but also all colored contacts including natural colour contacts.
Let’s Bust those Myths!
Myth 1: Not everyone can wear contacts
Just about everybody can take advantage of contacts! Contacts are definitely not a one size fits all gear. There are different varieties which have been developed keeping different concerns in mind. You need to get assessed and really find the one that will be perfectly suited for you.
Myth 2: They can get lost in your eyes
The human body is a complex masterpiece. Even the smallest organs are designed to perfection. The eye for instance is covered by a thin membrane called the conjunctiva.
So, technically speaking there’s no way a lens can find a place to play hide and seek in your eye! The eyes are well and truly protected. Plus, a lens rests on your eye, not inside of it!
Myth 3: They’re uncomfortable
Getting used to something in your eye can take some time. After this initial adjustment period, however, lenses are actually pretty comfortable.
In the beginning, you might feel like something is in your eye (and it is), but once that time passes, they’re hard to notice. All sorts of activities become easier. For instance, you can go swimming without the world being hazy as you can’t very well wear glasses in the pool. You can play all sorts of sports without your glasses fogging up and slipping off!
All things considered, they’re actually quite comfy!
Myth 4: They can get permanently stuck to your eyes
Are you applying super glue to your lenses? Well, if you’re not they won’t stick!
If lenses dry out during use, they can stick to your eyes a little. But this situation can easily be rectified by applying a contacts solution which will re-hydrate your lens making it good as new again!
Myth 5: Way too much trouble!
Once again, technology has made our lives easier. Solutions of contacts are a one-step solution to cleaning and disinfecting lenses, without rubbing even! Another easy fix is to use every day disposable lenses – no need to clean them or anything else, just use and discard.
Myth 6: Frequent eye problems are caused by lenses
Anything can prove to be harmful if used incorrectly. Contact lenses can certainly increase the risk of certain problems, but using proper precautions can help sidestep any potential issues.
Following all guidelines such as when to replace them, how to clean and disinfect them, washing hands before using them etc will help avoid eye infections, as can using hypoallergenic makeup products.
Myth 7: Applying them is really hard
It does take a few tries to get used to the application of lenses. That’s not to say it’s a skill that can’t be mastered. It’s actually pretty easy!
Myth 8: They can just pop out of your eyes
Okay, whoever started this rumor really needs to answer some questions here. Are contacts a breed of rabbits? Can they just hop left, right and center whenever they want to? No!
Then how can you ever expect them to pop out of your eyes and hit the ground running?
Granted that during rigorous sports activities, lenses produced using older technology could sometimes slip out. But advancements in technology have improved upon quality and since lenses now fit much closer to the eye, this is no longer a valid concern.
Myth 9: They are quite a strain on your pocket
Contact lenses often times cost less than a good pair of glasses. There are multiple options available and you can choose the one that comfortably fits in your budget.
Myth 10: They have a ceiling on the age limit
No lenses have an age ceiling on who can or cannot use them. Vividly colored contacts, natural color contacts or simple corrective vision ones – all can be used by just about every age group. Multifocal contacts and contacts for drier eyes are also available which ensure that age is no longer a barrier.
The important thing with lenses is to maintain proper hygiene and taking care of them properly. Eyes are sensitive and anything that needs to go close to them, has to be vigilantly taken care of. Remember, prevention is better than cure!