Myths About Contact Lenses

by Sep 18, 2019

Millions of Americans wear contact lenses; in fact, they are one of the most popular options for vision correction.  But despite their popularity, many misconceptions surround them. Today we are going to dive into the myths surrounding contact lenses.


My Prescription Is Too Strong for Contact Lenses

Many people think they may not be candidates for contact lenses because they require a strong prescription, but contacts can be used for a wide range of visual demands.  Those who are extremely nearsighted or farsighted can still wear contact lenses. In fact, many people with strong prescriptions prefer wearing contact lenses over glasses due to the improved clarity and reduced distortions.  New technology has allowed contact lenses to correct high amounts of astigmatism, providing clear and consistent vision without the hassle of glasses. Contact lenses are also the preferred method of visual correction for those who have a large difference in prescription between the two eyes because it minimizes the difference in image size between the eyes and helps to reduce eyestrain. If you are worried your prescription makes you a bad candidate for glasses, ask your doctor what they recommend.  You may be pleasantly surprised about the contact lens options available for you. 


Contact Lenses Are Uncomfortable

The contact lenses being produced today are unrecognizable from the original contact lenses many years ago.  New contact lenses are made with updated materials that are better for ocular health and comfort. They are made of a breathable material that is able to provide the ocular surface with more oxygen and water.  In fact, many people find their contact lenses so comfortable that they forget contacts are on their eyes. If you find your contact lenses to be uncomfortable, talk to your doctor about adjusting the fit of your lens to improve comfort. 


Contact Lenses Are Bad for Ocular Health 

This common misconception is far from the truth.  Contact lenses have undergone extensive research and development over the years, resulting in lenses that are safer than ever.  Contact lens wearers are able to enjoy improved ocular health due to better lens materials. New lens designs, such as daily disposable contact lenses, have also allowed for improved health.  These lenses are disposed after a single day of wear and a fresh pair is put on each morning, reducing the risk of bacterial build-up or eye infection. Even extended wear contacts have been adapted in order to improve their effect on ocular health.  


I’m Too Old to Wear Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are designed for people of all ages.  Even those who have reached the age where bifocals or reading glasses are necessary can successfully wear contact lenses for clear vision.  Multifocal contact lenses are designed to provide clear vision for both far objects and close objects, making bifocal glasses or reading glasses unnecessary.  There are many different types of multifocal lenses, including daily lenses, and lenses that correct for an astigmatism. If you wear traditional gas permeable lenses, multifocal lenses are still an option for you.   No matter your age or your visual demands, contact lenses may still be an option for you.  

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Our eye doctors, optometrists, and staff at Nittany Eye Care excel in the prescription of contact lenses for a variety of conditions including presbyopia and ocular diseases.  Call us at (814) 234-2015 or schedule an appointment online.  Our optometrists provide the highest quality eye care services in the State College, Matilda, Spring Mills, Tyrone, and Lock Haven PA areas. 



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