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Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses

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Although there are a lot of myths about contact lenses floating around, it seems like most people understand the facts. About 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, so you’d imagine they know what they’re doing.

If you’re considering joining their ranks but have heard some negative things about contact lenses or there are things you’re not sure are accurate, read on to learn how to separate myths from facts when it comes to wearing contact lenses.

Myth: Contact lenses can get lost inside my eye

Fact: Not a chance of that happening. A membrane, called the conjunctiva, covers your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids. Nothing, including a contact lens, is getting through this membrane.

Myth: Contact lenses are uncomfortable

Fact: Contact lenses may take some time to get used to, but once you’re used to them, you won’t even remember you have them in. Modern contacts are thin, flexible, and made of breathable material.

Myth:  Contact lenses can get stuck to my eyeball

Fact: Uh, no. If your contacts become too dry, they can feel like they’re stuck, but if you take a few moments to moisten your contacts with sterile saline or a multipurpose contact lens solution, you won’t have that stuck feeling.

Myth: A contact lens can pop out of my eye

Fact: While a contact lens can move out of place, it can’t pop out of your eye. And contacts lenses that fit properly should stay in place, but if they do move, you can easily move them back into place by blinking a few times or gently massaging your eye.

Myth: I can sleep with my contacts in

Fact: Wouldn’t this be nice? But, alas, it’s a myth. You can wear the same contacts for extended periods, but if you choose those types of contacts, you shouldn’t wear them while you sleep. Wearing them to sleep carries a risk of complications, including infections. Simply pop them out before you doze, and you’ll be fine.

Myth: Contact lenses are only for adults

Fact: While the majority of contact lens wearers are adults, children and teenagers can wear them as well. We can fit contact lenses for younger people, but those young people need to be responsible enough to care for them properly.

If you’re considering contact lenses, you can get all your questions answered — with the facts — from Dr. Hieu Huynh at Clarity Vision Care in Richardson, Texas. You can also make an appointment by calling us or using our online reservation system.