10 Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses

Buying contact lenses online can be a confusing and frustrating process, especially if you don’t know all the facts. Whilst the internet is a great place to find out information, keep up-to-date with all the latest and find all the best contact lens deals, it can also contain many false claims and misleading facts.

At WeLoveLenses, we want to make sure buying contact lenses is an easy process. As young professionals, born and bred in the optical industry we felt it necessary to ensure our customers are well informed. We have compiled a list of ten of the most common contact lens myths and facts to help make buying contact lenses online effortless.

Contact Lenses can Prevent Myopia (Nearsightedness) in Children

False

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a common condition in many children. It is an inherited eye problem and therefore unlikely to get better. While contact lenses can help improve vision they cannot cure myopia. For a time it was believed that wearing rigid contact lenses could control myopia by preventing continued growth, but results found improvement was minimal and short-lived. Research is still on-going, with studies continuing on the prevention of myopia in the eyes.

Contact Lenses can Increase Myopia (Nearsightedness) in Children

False

In contrast to the above theory, there’s a small minority that believe wearing contact lenses can increase the chances of myopia. Research continues into the progression of myopia of the eyes. The National Institute of Health acknowledges that wearing contact lenses or glasses has no affect on its progression, with people who wore them at no increased risk of ‘myopic creep’. At the 2008 Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology it was agreed that the notion contact lenses had an affect on increasing myopia in children was false.

Wearing Lenses will make you Dependent on them

False

Lenses whether contact lenses or eye glasses are used to help improve vision. Without lenses your vision will remain poor. Switching between using contact lenses and not is likely to emphasis just how much you needed them in the first place.

Wearing Poorly Fitted Contact Lenses can Harm your Eyes

True

Wearing poorly fitted contact lenses can damage your cornea. This is the part of the eye that reflects light and is the transparent front part of the eye (the window) that covers the iris, pupil and anterior chamber. To prevent this from happening you should get regular eye check ups from your eye care professional to ensure you are wearing the best contact lenses for your eyes.

You can Swim whilst Wearing Soft Contact Lenses

False

Swimming pools contain lots of contaminants and bacteria. Wearing contact lenses whilst swimming can increase the chances of you getting a nasty eye infection. Acanthamoeba (a naturally occurring amoeba) for instance can be commonly found in many different water sources including swimming pools. If this parasite infiltrates the eye it can cause pain and in extreme cases result in a corneal transplant. In addition, the water in the pool can change the way modern contact lenses fit, causing them to tighten.

If you do decide to wear contact lenses whilst swimming, it is recommended you either wear goggles over the top of your contact lenses or wear daily disposable contact lenses which can be thrown away when you are done. Ideally, if you swim on a regular basis you should invest in some sighted swimming goggles such as Centrostyle Swimmi Sighted Swimming Goggles.

Contact Lenses can get Lost behind your Eye

False

After rubbing your eyes it can sometimes feel like a soft contact lens has gotten stuck or lost behind the eye.

It is physically impossible for a contact lens to move behind the eye. The conjunctiva lines the inside of your eyelids, whilst folding back on itself to cover the sclera (the white part of the eye). This continuous lining prevents anything from getting trapped or lost.

It’s likely that the lens has just folded, moving from the cornea and under the upper eyelid. If this happens using a few re-wetting drops such as ReNu Contact Lens Re-Wetting Drops followed by gently massaging the closed eye will help re-position the contact lens.

Contact Lenses are Uncomfortable

False

Contact lenses have moved on a lot over the years. Soft contact lenses like Johnson & Johnson’s Acuvue Oasys or Ciba Vision’s Air Optix Aqua which are made from a new material silicone hydrogel which allows more oxygen to the eye with resulting whiter healthier looking eyes. Wear is also more gentle, comfortable and easy to wear, providing all day moisture is provided.

Although the process of putting a contact lens in your eye can be daunting at first, with practice it gets easier. Provided the contact lens wearer follows a good contact lens care regime they should eventually feel like they are wearing nothing at all.

If you experience pain or discomfort you should contact your Optician. Once there, you can get an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist to check that you’re wearing the best contact lenses for your eyes.

Children and Teenagers can’t Wear Contact Lenses

False

There is no age limit on who can or cannot wear contact lenses. Both teenagers and children can wear contact lenses. Research has shown the average age for teenagers to wear contact lenses is 13 but children as young as 8 have also been known to wear them. However, although there are no physical reasons why young people should not wear contact lenses, there is a general concern over whether they are mentally capable of carrying out good lens care practice.

Although contact lenses are fairly easy to use, if a good daily lens care regime is not adhered to, eye infections are inevitable. It is encouraged that only those responsible enough to care for their lenses should wear them, as with any health care product.

Daily disposable contact lenses require less maintenance and are often prescribed to younger users. What ever your decision, it is always recommended to get advice from an eye care professional first. It is also advised to get regular eye check-ups.

People over 40 shouldn’t Wear Contact Lenses

False

People of any age can wear contact lenses provided they are able to use them correctly. With a large range of Bifocal and Multifocal contact lenses online, there are plenty choices to suit any eye vision problem.

Concerns over dry eyes is a thing of the past, with new technology providing continuous solutions. Branded contact lenses such as Johnson & Johnson’s Acuvue, Ciba Vision’s Air Optix and Bausch & Lomb’s PureVision ensure the eye retains moisture. ReNu Re-Wetting Drops are also available to provide additional moisture all day long.

You can’t Wear Contact Lenses if you have an Astigmatism

False

Unless you have a particularly complex prescription, most people with an astigmatism can wear contact lenses. Once upon a time, contact lenses for astigmatism or toric contact lenses as they are known by, were relatively unheard of. Various advances in eye care technology have seen an increase in different types, brands and strengths of contact lenses.

You can now get toric contacts in monthly multifocal, coloured or even daily disposable contact lenses such as1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism. Toric contact lenses come in two powers created by different angled curvatures of the lens.

For those with a less severe case of astigmatism, they might be able to opt for cheaper regular style contact lens, but only under the advice of your eye care professional.