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Considering Contacts? Learn The Truth Behind These Common Myths

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If you have some sort of vision impairment, you may talk to your optometrist about options for correction. From laser surgery to prescription eyeglasses, there are many options to consider. Of course, wearing contact lenses is also possible if you want to correct your vision in a more convenient manner. Unfortunately, you may believe a few common myths about contacts that could deter you from choosing this version of vision correction. This guide will address a few common myths about contacts to help you determine if they are the right solution for you.

They Are Uncomfortable

Many people feel they could never wear contact lenses because they would be too uncomfortable. This is actually not true, since contacts are considered more comfortable than prescription eyeglasses. Of course, you may require some time to adjust to wearing the lenses on your eye.

Fortunately, your eye doctor can teach you how to comfortably place the contact lens properly on the eye. If any adjustments are necessary, the eye doctor can help, as well. In addition, certain types of lenses are more comfortable than others.

For the most comfort, opt for soft contacts, which drape over the eye with ease. Soft lenses are more comfortable, and they are also less likely to fall out or move while they are on the eye.

They Can Get Lost in the Eye

Another common myth people believe is that contact lenses can got lost in the eye. Again, this is not true and something that needs to be addressed, since it causes a great deal of fear in people who are considering wearing contacts.

The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the white part of your eye. This membrane is connected to your eye lids. The conjunctiva protects your eye from dirt, dust, allergens, and other debris, but it also prevents the contact lens (or any other item) from sliding under or behind your eye.

Contacts Cause Eye Infections

If you believe contacts cause eye infections, you are somewhat right. This myth does have some truth behind it because without proper cleaning and handling, your contacts can contaminate the eye with dirt, dust, and allergens, which lead to infections.

To reduce your risk of irritation and infections, make sure to wash and dry your hands before handling your contacts or touching your eyes.

If you wear daily contacts, make sure to dispose of them each day and replace with a new pair of lenses. If you are wearing weekly or monthly contact lenses, they should be cleaned and replaced as recommended. 

For more information about eye contacts, work with your optometrist.