There are many myths about contact lenses that just won’t seem to die. From the idea that contact lenses will damage your eyesight to the belief that they’re only for people with perfect vision, these misconceptions have been around before contact lenses were invented.
This article is designed to dispel some of the common myths associated with contact lenses. We’ll also provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what it means to wear contact lenses Australia!
1) You can’t wear contact lenses if your vision is worse than 20/20.
While it may be a good idea to have an eye exam before wearing contacts, you don’t need perfect eyesight to successfully use them. In fact, many people who have been prescribed corrective lenses for their poor eyesight find that they are able to use contact lenses.
2) Wearing contacts will make your vision worse over time.
While it is true that the natural aging process does affect our eyesight, there’s no evidence showing wearing contact lenses contributes to this effect at all. In fact, many people find that their eyesight improves once they begin using corrective lenses because they’re able to view the world more accurately.
3) Contacts cause infections more frequently than glasses or other corrective lenses.
One of the most popular contact lens myths is that they are responsible for a large number of eye infections. This simply isn’t true. In fact, it’s been shown through clinical studies that contact lenses are actually less likely to cause infections than glasses.
4) It’s not safe for children or teenagers to wear contacts.
Contacts are actually one of the safest corrective lenses available today, especially compared with other options like glasses. Many studies have shown no difference in rates of eye injury between those who use contact lens and those who don’t—no matter their age.
5) Contacts can affect your natural eye colour.
While it is possible to change the colour of eyes with contact lenses, this doesn’t happen overnight and usually won’t be noticeable until you’ve worn them for at least a few weeks. Changing the shape or size of someone’s iris will not alter their original eye colour, so the best way to change your eye colour is with specialised coloured contacts.
6) Contacts are only for people who don’t like glasses.
While it’s true that many people find wearing contact lenses more comfortable than glasses, this isn’t always the case. For those who prefer corrective lenses over other options, however, wearing contacts can be one of the best ways to enjoy your vision.
7) Contacts are uncomfortable.
The risk of discomfort is actually much lower than many people think. Most people don’t experience any significant problems with wearing their lenses throughout the day. If you experience irritation or dryness while wearing contacts, it’s important to see your eye doctor for advice on how to make them more comfortable.
8) Contacts aren’t safe because they trap dirt.
While it’s true that contact lenses can trap more dirt and bacteria than glasses, it’s important to remember that they also let more oxygen through. This means your eyes will get the nutrients they need while you’re wearing them, which reduces the risk of infection significantly when compared with leaving your eyes exposed for a long time.
9) It’s not safe or healthy to wear contacts for more than 24 hours.
While it is possible to sleep in your contact lenses, this isn’t recommended by many eye care professionals because there’s a chance they won’t provide enough oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire night. Sleeping with contacts also increases the risk of infection, which is why many opt for daily disposable contacts instead.
The myths we debunked in this article should help you decide on getting contact lenses. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!