Getting to the bottom of contact lens myths

There are a few common misconceptions about contact lenses that keep some people from giving them a try. We'll help you separate fact from fiction so that you can relax and enjoy all the ways contacts can improve your life.

An illustration of the myth that contact lenses can get lost behind your eye.

Myth: Contact lenses can go behind your eye

It's impossible for contact lenses to get behind your eye, as there is a membrane called the conjunctiva that covers the white part of the eye and connects to the inside of the eyelid.

Myths about how contact lenses can affect your eyes

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Myth: Contacts can scratch your eyes

As long as you care for your contact lenses properly and wear them as a qualified eyecare professional prescribes, the chances of such problems are extremely rare.

Illustration of the myth that contact lenses can get stuck to your eye

Myth: Contacts can get stuck to your eyes

Contacts are generally easy to remove using the method your eye doctor recommends. If they temporarily stick, use a few drops of lens solution to loosen them up.

An illustration of an infected eye.

Myth: Eye infections are common when wearing contacts

Contact-related health problems are rare, and usually related to poor cleaning routines. Follow your eye doctor's care instructions to keep your eyes safe.

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Myth: Contact lenses are uncomfortable

Wearing contact lenses can feel strange at first, but eventually most people hardly notice them anymore. We're so confident you'll love ours, we created our Comfort Promise^.

More myths about contact lenses

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Myth: Contacts cost more than glasses

While contact lenses may be more expensive up front, in the long run, they can be more cost-effective than glasses.

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Myth: Contacts are difficult to care for

Advances in technology make contacts easy to use. For the most convenience, consider daily disposable contacts. Just wear them for the day, then throw them away.

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Myth: Your eyes need a day off of contacts

Contacts are safe to wear daily. If your eyes become irritated, however, your eye doctor may tell you to wear glasses until the irritation goes away.

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Myth: Contacts can't correct for astigmatism

Astigmatism is no longer a barrier to wearing contact lenses. ACUVUE offers several contact lenses that correct for astigmatism.

Myths about who can wear contact lenses

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Myth: Contacts lenses are only for adults

Lots of teens and even some preteens wear contact lenses. It's less about age and more about being responsible enough to properly wear and care for contacts.

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Myth: Contacts are not for
part-time wearing

Even if you don't wear glasses all the time, contacts can help with certain activities, like sports.

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Myth: You can't wear contacts with dry eyes

There are contact lenses designed specifically for people with dry eyes like ACUVUE MOIST, and proper care can also help reduce dryness and discomfort.

Other frequently asked questions

Can I wear contacts if I've had cataracts surgery?

Only your eye doctor can tell for certain. If your eye doctor feels that contacts are still an option, we believe that ACUVUE is an excellent choice.

If I've had LASIK or another refractive surgery, can I still wear contact lenses?

Only your eye doctor can tell for certain. LASIK surgery permanently alters the shape of your eye, but doesn’t prevent the development of presbyopia, so you may still need vision correction at some point. Fortunately, we offer contacts specifically for presbyopia.

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Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional, call 1-800-843-2020, or download the Patient Instruction Guides.

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