Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses

Are you worried about making the switch to contact lenses? Don't be. More than 45 million Americans choose to wear contact lenses for their many benefits. Contacts improve your vision without changing your appearance and they don't get in the way of physical activities. 

Don’t let myths stop you from enjoying the benefits of contact lenses. At Paragon Eye Associates, we understand that new users sometimes feel intimidated by contact lenses. Our dedicated team of ophthalmologists and optometrists want to take the fear out of contacts by dispelling the myths. 

Myth #1: Contact lenses can get “lost” behind your eye

FALSE. There’s no room for your contact to slip behind your eye and get lost. Your eye has a thin membrane called the conjunctiva that protects the whites of your eyes. This membrane connects to your eyelids, making it impossible for a contact to go behind the eye. 

Myth #2: Contact lenses can stick to your eyes permanently

FALSE. Soft contact lenses may temporarily feel like they’re stuck to your eyes if there’s not enough moisture. Using drops or saline solution will soften the lenses and make them easy to remove.

Myth #3: Contact lenses are uncomfortable 

FALSE. Many years ago, when contacts were relatively new, they were far less comfortable. That's not the case anymore. Once you’ve acclimated you won’t even know you have them in! If after the adjustment period your contacts feel uncomfortable, contact one of our providers at Paragon Eye Associates to ensure everything is fitting well and for tips on how to adjust. 

Myth #4: Contact lenses are challenging to insert and remove

FALSE. It can indeed take a few weeks to adjust to the new process. But with a little practice, you’ll be able to put in and take out your contacts in no time. Our caring team at Paragon Eye Associates works with you, teaching you the tricks of the trade to make wearing your contacts a breeze. 

Myth #5: Cleaning and storing contacts is a lot of work

FALSE. Decades ago, caring for contacts involved multiple steps. Nowadays, it can be as simple as tossing them in the trash after you take them out. Contact care depends on the type of lenses your eye doctor prescribes. However, almost all contacts only require a few moments to clean and store — if any time at all. Be sure to follow your provider’s instructions and guidelines. 

Myth #6: Contact lenses are too expensive

FALSE. Thankfully, the days of expensive contacts are behind us. There are many affordable options, and vision or eye insurance often covers at least part of the cost. Plus, you’ll find replacing contacts more affordable and easier than replacing lost eyeglasses!

Myth #7: I can’t wear contacts because of my prescription

FALSE. There was a time when not everyone could wear contacts. But modern technology has made that a thing of the past. For example, there are now bifocal contacts, contacts for astigmatism, and even custom contacts for complicated prescriptions. If you've been told you can't wear contacts in the past, talk to your provider at Paragon Eye Associates. Chances are you’re a great candidate for contact lens wear. 

Are you ready to learn more about making the switch to contact lenses? Contact us today and schedule an appointment.

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