Myths and Facts: Contact Lenses

Are you a contact lens wearer? If so, you’ve probably heard some myths about wearing contact lenses. Typically, these contact lens myths grow from an unusual experience or misunderstanding information. Many contact lens myths are based on the way contact lenses used to be, instead of the current design and technology of contact lenses. We wanted to debunk some of the contact lens myths and give you the facts instead!

1.I’m too old to wear contact lenses

Fact: Anyone, at any age can wear contact lenses. Many older adults choose to wear contact lenses instead of reading glasses.

2. Contact lenses will get lost behind my eye

Fact: It is physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. A membrane covers your eye which connects inside your eyelids to prevent anything from getting behind your eye.

3. Contact lenses are uncomfortable

Fact: Modern contact lenses are thin and soft, making them very comfortable and often unnoticeable to wear. Some of the early contact lenses made 40-50 years ago were uncomfortable. However, we recommend you try modern contact lenses before sticking with this assumption.

4. Contact lenses can get stuck on my eye

Fact: If you follow proper wear, care, and removal advice from your eye doctor your contact lens cannot get stuck to your eye. Should your lens feel dry, apply some rewetting drops, and they should loosen right up.

5. Contact lenses are too much trouble to take care of

Fact: Daily disposable contact lenses make lens care irrelevant. You wear them one day and throw them out when you are done. However, reusable contact lens care is relatively simple with modern solutions. Most contact lenses can be cleaned and stored using one multi-use contact lens solution.

6. I’ll never be able to put in contact lenses

Fact: Our staff will show and teach you how to put in contact lenses. We ensure that you are confident in your abilities to put in and take out your contacts before you leave our office. Most people can figure it out after a handful of tries!

7. Contacts can pop out of my eye

Fact: Properly fitted contact lenses should never pop out of your eye. Typically, the only way a contact lens will move is shifting around your eye. Therefore blinking a few times or closing your eyelid and gently pressing on it should move the lens right back into place.

8. Contact lenses are too expensive

Fact: The cost of contact lenses varies depending on brand, replacement schedule, and how often you wear them. Typically, the price is comparable to a new pair of glasses. Above all our team will help you select contact lenses that work best for your lifestyle and your budget.

9. Children and teenagers cannot wear contacts

Fact: There is no age restriction on wearing contacts. Anyone can wear contact lenses; ultimately it depends on enthusiasm, responsibility, and maturity. Our staff can advise whether contact lenses are a suitable option for your child.

If you have more questions about contact lenses, give our office a call! We want to help you feel confident in your knowledge of contact lenses.

Basics of Ortho-K

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a form of reversible, refractive correction involving the overnight use of gas-permeable contact lenses that reshape the front surface of your eye. As an ortho-k wearer, you wear lenses while you sleep and remove them when you wake up. You can see clearly for the day – without wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Ortho-K FAQs

Ortho-k lenses are corneal reshaping contact lenses worn while you are sleeping. The contact lenses slightly and temporarily reshape the front surface of your corneas to improve your vision. You should be able to see well, without glasses or contact lenses, as long as you wear ortho-k lenses every night. This is a temporary and reversible form of vision correction.

How long does ortho-k last?

If you wear ortho-k lenses every night, you should see clearly for the entire day without needing to wear other corrective eyewear. However, if you are not regularly wearing ortho-k lenses the results of ortho-k last a day or two before individuals need to wear corrective eyewear. Keep in mind results are different for every person, and this may vary based on your specific circumstances.

Who is a good candidate?

Ortho-k lenses are typically prescribed for those with mild to moderate myopia. It is primarily for slowing the progression of childhood myopia. However, individuals with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and hyperopia can also be good candidates. Ortho-k can also be an option for those who are not good candidates for refractive surgery.

Process Overview

  1. The initial examination your eye care professional will use a topograph to determine the curvatures of your corneas.
  2. During the fitting, your eye care professional will select a series of up to three strengths of custom Ortho-k prescription contacts.
  3. The lenses are temporary and used in phases to help you reach the desired prescription. It typically takes three pairs of lenses before maximum vision correction has occurred.
  4. You wear the lenses every night while you sleep and remove when you wake up, for clear vision throughout the day.

If you have questions or concerns about Ortho-k, our team is happy to assist you. Schedule a consultation to help determine your candidacy, costs, benefits, and risks of the process.