CONTACT LENSES

Separating Fact from Fiction

Contact lenses, just like Lasik (laser eye surgery) or eyeglasses, correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. In fact, one in every five people who need vision correction wears contact lenses.

While some people enjoy making a fashion statement with a pair of chic eyeglasses, others prefer doing without them. Contact lenses are great for this. They also provide a full field of unobstructed view, which is great for sports. A lot of facts and myths have been spread about contact lenses; let’s look at some of them and whether they are true or not:

  1. Can I wear contact lenses?

The answer depends on each patient.  However, with today’s technology and the advancements that have been made in this field, we are able to find solutions for most patients. Whether you have been diagnosed with astigmatism or presbyopia, you can correct the condition with toric soft lenses or bifocal contact lenses respectively.  In other words, you may actually be a better candidate for contact lenses than you assume.

  1. Are contact lenses uncomfortable? Can they get lost behind my eyeball?

Assume you were deemed a candidate and had a proper fit with no complications it typically only takes a brief period for you to adapt to the contact lenses and you won’t notice any difference. The conjunctiva (which is a thin membrane) covers the white of your eye and connects to your eyelid making it practically impossible for the contact lens to get lost behind the eyeball.

  1. Can contact lens be permanently stuck to my eye?

While it is true that the soft contact lens may stick to the surface of the eye when it (the lens) is dried out, re-moisturizing it should make it easy for you to remove it. A sterile saline solution or multi-purpose lens solution should be used to moisturize the lens.

  1. Can contact lenses cause eye problems?

Yes, contact lenses can cause eye problems. There are certain eye complications that may arise due to the use of contact lenses. However if you follow your optometrist’s instructions regarding how to wear the contact lenses, how to take care of them, how frequently they should be replaced and how long to wear them then your risk of complications is reduced.

  1. Can contact lenses pop out of my eyes?

Some years ago, the old-fashioned contact lens would pop out of the eye during sports or any other rigorous activity. However, while it is still possible, recent advancement in both soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses have allowed for more customizable fits, making it more difficult to dislodge.

  1. Are contact lenses too expensive?

That depends on the brand and quality of lenses, but for the most part, contact lens prices have come a long way and most are quite affordable now.  You can get disposable daily contact lenses (once considered a luxury) for less than the cost of a daily cup of coffee.

  1. Am I too old to wear contact lenses?

Thanks to the bifocal contact lens, age is no longer a barrier.  Our optometrists and opticians at 360 Eyecare are licensed and experienced in all modalities of contact lenses including multi-focal and mono-vision systems.

  1. Do contact lenses require a lot of care?

Not really. A single bottle of sterile saline solution of general-purpose contact lens solution is enough to clean and disinfect most lenses. Better yet, you can opt for daily disposable contact lenses, which save you a lot of headache, as they do not require any solution.  These lenses are disposed on a daily basis and new ones are worn every day.

For any further questions or if you would like to book your contact lens fit and consultation today at our 360 Eyecare office at the Beach in Toronto please call or email us at your convenience.