There’s what you hear about contacts and then there’s the truth.
MYTH: Contact lenses can get stuck behind my eye
BUSTED: Many people have this concern but it is actually physically impossible. A membrane called the conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelid so there’s no chance that a contact lens can go behind your eye.
MYTH: Contact lenses will scratch my eye
BUSTED: Such contact lens related problems can occur but they are rare when they are fit and prescribed by a qualified eye care professional. Proper care, handling and replacement of the prescribed lenses can help reduce the chances of complications.
MYTH: Contact lenses can get stuck in my eye
BUSTED: This is very unlikely. Contact lenses can usually be removed easily using the method your eye doctor recommended. All it takes is practice and patience.
Can contact lenses pop out of my eye?
Not likely. With a proper fitting and knowing how to put in contact lenses, you should find your contact lens stays in place almost all the time. Even on that rare occasion it shifts, it usually stays in your eye until you move it back.
Are eye infections common when wearing contact lenses?
Contact lens-related health problems can occur, but they are rare. Infections are most commonly related to poor cleaning routines or other lens care-related issues. If you follow your eye doctor’s directions for proper wear and care, you should be fine.
Are contact lenses more expensive than glasses?
Contacts can be surprisingly affordable. And with vision insurance, out-of-pocket costs may be even less. Plus, replacing a lost contact lens can be cheap and easy compared to replacing lost or damaged glasses. Learn all about how much contacts cost.
Can you only wear contacts if you need glasses all the time?
Even if you only wear glasses part-time, contact lenses can be offer a convenient and easy alternative for certain activities such as sports.
Unlike glasses, in normal wearing conditions, contact lenses won't smudge, steam up, fall off or break. Learn more about Glasses & Contacts.
If you wear contacts, is it okay to share them with someone who doesn’t?
No. Your contact lenses have been specially fit to your unique vision needs and the unique shape of your eye. Friends don’t let friends share contacts.
Do you have to be an adult to wear contact lenses?
Lots of teens and even some preteens wear contact lenses. It is less about age and more about maturity and responsibility to properly wear and care for contact lenses. Learn more about Talking to Your Parents.
Do my eyes need to take a day off from contacts to “breathe”?
In general, no. Unless your eye doctor has instructed you otherwise or you have eye redness, irritation, pain or decreased vision, you can safely wear your contact lenses daily.
Are contacts bad for your eyes?
Contact lenses are not bad for your eyes. Be sure to stick to the replacement schedule and cleaning instructions that your doctor gave you and you’re good to go.
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