Dispelling Contact Lens Myths: Seeing Clearly Through the Facts

Dispelling Contact Lens Myths: Seeing Clearly Through the Facts

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In the world of eyewear, contact lenses have revolutionized the way people correct their vision. However, along with their popularity comes a cloud of myths and misconceptions. Zenni is here to debunk these myths, ensuring that you can make informed decisions about your eyewear choices.

Myth: Contact Lenses Are Uncomfortable

Fact: Modern contact lenses are designed with comfort in mind. With advancements in materials and technology, contemporary lenses are often so comfortable that wearers may forget they have them on. Proper care, hygiene, and selecting the right type of lenses contribute significantly to comfort.

Myth: Contact Lenses Are Only for Adults

Fact: Contact lenses are not age-restricted. Many children and teenagers successfully and comfortably wear contact lenses. Of course, the decision should be based on individual maturity, responsibility, and the ability to follow proper hygiene and care routines. Consult with an eye care professional to determine if contact lenses are suitable for younger wearers.

Myth: Contact Lenses Can Get Lost Behind the Eye

Fact: It’s physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind the eye. The conjunctiva, a thin membrane covering the white part of the eye, connects to the inside of the eyelids, creating a barrier that prevents anything from slipping behind the eye. If you suspect that a contact lens is lodged in your eye, always seek medical assistance with your eye care professional.

Dispelling Contact Lens Myths: Seeing Clearly Through the Facts

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Myth: Contact Lenses Can Permanently Alter the Shape of the Eyes

Fact: Wearing contact lenses will not permanently change the shape of your eyes. The cornea, the outermost layer of the eye, may temporarily change shape while wearing lenses, but it returns to its normal state shortly after removal. However, consistent use of contact lenses may affect the prescription over time, requiring periodic adjustments during eye exams.

Myth: Contact Lenses Are Not for Dry Eyes

Fact: While it’s true that some people with dry eyes may experience discomfort with certain contact lenses, there are specialized lenses designed to address this issue. Daily disposable lenses or those with added moisture content can provide relief for individuals with dry eyes. Discuss your concerns with an eye care professional to find the most suitable option for you.

Myth: Contact Lenses Are Expensive

Fact: Contact lenses are available in a range of prices to suit various budgets. Regular eye check-ups and proper care also contribute to the cost-effectiveness of wearing contact lenses.

Myth: I don’t Need Glasses if I Wear Contact Lenses

Fact: It is crucial to give your eyes periodic breaks from contact lenses to allow them to breathe and reduce the risk of discomfort or dryness. Additionally, unforeseen events or eye health issues may arise, necessitating a break from contact lens wear. Having a backup pair of glasses is essential for such situations, ensuring you can maintain clear vision and eye comfort, especially in emergencies or when extended contact lens wear is not advisable. This practice supports overall eye health and provides a reliable alternative when circumstances prevent the use of contact lenses.

Dispelling Contact Lens Myths: Seeing Clearly Through the Facts

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Zenni, your ultimate destination for eyewear, is committed to debunking common myths about contact lenses and providing accurate information. As your go-to place for eyewear, Zenni not only dispels misconceptions but also ensures that clear vision remains unclouded. Trust in the advancements of eyewear technology and the guidance of eye care professionals when making informed decisions for your vision needs. And don’t forget, Zenni is also your place to get eyewear, ensuring you have reliable eyewear options for every situation.


Please note that this isn’t a replacement for seeking eye care. See your eye care professional for medical advice.

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Alyssa Buchanan

Dr. Alyssa Buchanan is an optometrist based in Lubbock, Texas. She received her doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and has practiced in various settings including Fort Cavazos where she provided eye care for deploying soldiers. Dr. Buchanan has since received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and continues to strive to provide top-notch eyecare and make a meaningful impact in the eyecare industry.