Not having the ability to see clearly is definitely a challenge. While glasses are a good option if you have poor vision, they are not always the most convenient form of treatment. Glasses can completely change the way you appear to the rest of the world and can get in the way of some of the most ordinary activities. Even though more than 30 million people in the US wear contact lenses, there are still many people who choose not to make the change due to some fairly common misconceptions. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about contact lenses and the facts that you should know to help you decide whether or not to make the switch.
Misconception: Contact lenses are difficult to get used to.
Fact: Once you start wearing lenses, there is a short adjustment period. However, you should feel comfortable with your lenses within about three weeks. While you are in the initial adjustment period, wear the lenses for short periods of time and keep them well hydrated with solution. Be sure to take the lenses out while you sleep and avoid wearing cosmetics that could cause additional eye irritation. If you have not adjusted by the three-week mark, talk to your optometrist that you may need adjustments to be made to your prescription.
Misconception: If you wear contact lenses, you could hurt your eyes.
Fact: The only reason that contact lenses could harm your eyes is if you do not carefully follow usage instructions. You have to keep the lenses clean, change them as recommended by your doctor, and never try to wear a lens that is damaged or broken.
Misconception: Contact lenses can get stuck behind your eyes if you fall asleep while wearing them.
Fact: It is physically impossible for a contact lens to go behind the eye, even though many people believe this to be a real thing that can happen. If the person wearing contact lenses has an infection of the eye, the lens can be difficult to remove, but will not go around the eye. The connective tissue that surrounds the eye does not provide an opening for this to happen.
When it comes down to it, contact lenses make it easier on many people who have poor eyesight. If you think contact lenses would be a good change for you, talk to your optometrist about any questions you have.