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3 Common Myths About Contact Lenses Debunked

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Vision impairments can be challenging. Not only does limited vision decrease your ability to complete simple daily tasks, but it can also cause a good amount of physical and emotional stress.

Prescription eyeglasses may be the most common form of vision correction, but the use of contact lenses is growing in popularity. Even though an estimated 30 million people in the United States currently wear contacts, many patients opt for glasses because they believe a few myths.

If you are considering a new form of vision correction, learn the truth about contacts lenses. This guide and your eye care professional will help you debunk a few common myths about contacts.

1. Contact Lenses Will Not Correct Your Vision Impairment

One of the most common myths people believe is that they cannot wear contact lenses due to their specific type of vision impairment. This myth definitely needs to be addressed since many people are missing out on the convenience and efficacy of contacts.

Today's technology ensures that your vision issue can be corrected while wearing contact lenses. Eye care professionals can create customized solutions based on your unique vision needs.

For instance, soft and rigid lenses can correct astigmatism if necessary. Patients who require bifocal lenses can also opt for contacts instead of bulkier lenses in prescription glasses. Both bifocal and multifocal lenses are available in soft lenses or gas permeable lenses that are more rigid.

No matter what type of vision correction you require, contact lenses are available to suit your needs.

2. Contact Lenses Are Painful

Another common misconception you may believe is that contacts are painful to insert and to wear. Fortunately, this is not true since contacts are customized to fit your specific eye, reducing the likelihood of discomfort.

However, you should be aware that if you do experience any discomfort or pain while wearing contacts, an underlying issue might be the source of the pain and deserves immediate attention.

If you experience sudden eye pain after placing one or both contacts, remove the lens immediately. Clean the contacts using a multi-purpose cleaning solution. Then rinse out your eye with a saline solution.

Inspect the contact for any signs of stress. If the lens is cut or bent, it will not form onto your eye properly, increasing the risk of discomfort. If you still feel pain after removing the contact, you may have a corneal abrasion, which is basically a scratch on the eye. Consult your eye doctor for further testing.

Issues may arise, but proper care of your contact lenses and eyes will prevent pain or discomfort.

3. You Are Too Young to Wear Contacts

When it comes to wearing contacts, age is just a number since more and more parents are allowing their young children and teens to wear contacts instead of prescription eyeglasses.

You may be surprised to learn that contacts can decrease the progression of nearsightedness. When children wear contacts at an earlier age, the lenses will prevent further impairments of their vision as they age.

Contact lenses are also ideal for children and teens who play sports. Eyeglass frames can break easily while participating in certain athletic activities. In addition, the frames block part of your child's peripheral vision, which improves your child's overall performance.

Finally, eyeglasses can be embarrassing for some children and teenagers. Contact lenses allow them the vision correction they need without affecting their appearance and emotional wellness.

Even though age is not a factor for the use of contact lenses, maturity level is. Make sure you and your child understand the importance of responsible handling and maintenance of contact lenses.

If you are considering contacts for yourself or your child, you should understand that information is true about this vision aid and what information isn’t. To learn more about eye care and vision correction, contact St. Pierre Eye Care today.