Ever wondered about contact lenses but been too scared to try them? Maybe you thought they weren’t quite right for you. There are lots of myths around contact lenses and in this blog I’m going to help bust some!
1. Lenses can get stuck behind my eyes!
This can’t happen. There is a thin clear membrane around the eye that makes it impossible for anything to get in behind the eye. Therefore your lenses simply can’t get stuck in that area.
2. I don’t like the thought of having to touch my eyes
When putting your lenses in, the lens will be between your finger and your eye. Therefore your finger doesn’t actually touch the eye itself. We can help to explain and demonstrate how to safely and easily insert and remove lenses.
3. I’m too old for contact lenses
There is no set age limit on contact lenses! Lenses are easily available for those with all types of prescriptions, including bifocals or varifocal.
4. I’m too young for contact lenses
Once again, there is no set age limit and many children are able to use lenses, depending on the nature of the individual child. Modern daily disposable lenses require no cleaning or storage and are therefore perfect for children. We can help young patients decide on the best option for them.
5. I tried them in the past and found them uncomfortable
Modern materials have improved hugely, meaning they’re much more comfortable. People who have previously had to stop wearing lenses due to discomfort have been able to start wearing them again. Some lenses are so comfortable you’d barely know they were in your eyes.
6. I have astigmatism, I can’t wear contact lenses
Nowadays, contact lenses come in a much wider range of strengths than previously available. Even if you were once told that you couldn’t wear lenses because of your prescription it is likely that we can find lenses that are suitable for you. Soft lenses can even be tailor-made to your requirements.
7. I don’t want to replace glasses with contact lenses
You don’t have to! The majority of contact lens wearers rotate between using lenses and glasses. If you wish, you can wear contact lenses every single day but some people wear them as little as once a month, for example for sporting activities or on special occasions.
8. Contact lenses are expensive
You do not have to break the bank to wear contact lenses, lenses you replace every month work out at less than 40p a day. In fact, contact lenses can work our to be quite cheap. For example, if you wear daily lenses; which you wear once and then throw away, they are available from less than £1 a day.
If you have ever been interested in trying lenses then we would be happy to discuss options with you. We can even put some in for free to see what you think! You won’t know until you try, so pop in to for a chat or call us to book an appointment.