Five Myths & Misconceptions about Contact Lenses

July 2017
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1. They are difficult to get used to

Modern soft contact lenses are almost always instantly comfortable. Previously, wearing times needed to be gradually increased to allow the cornea to adapt to the reduced supply of oxygen under the lens. Silicone hydrogel materials are very “breathable” and so little adaptation is necessary. This also makes it easy to use contact lenses and glasses interchangeably.

2. They frequently cause eye infections

The risk of an eye infection with contact lens wear is very low and by using them as directed by your optometrist, the risk becomes even smaller.

3. They cannot correct astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common form of visual problem. These days it is routinely corrected with contact lenses and over 30% of lenses fitted in Australia and New Zealand are designed to correct astigmatism.

4. They cannot correct distance, intermediate, and near ranges of vision like progressive spectacle lenses

But they can! Multifocal contact lenses have been available for years and are the fastest growing part of the contact lens market. In some ways they have advantages over their spectacle counterparts, e.g. multifocal contact lenses enable you to see close objects clearly even if they are above eye level without having to tip your head back.

5. They are expensive

Contact lenses represent great value for clear, comfortable, and convenient vision. Ask one of our team members at Canon Street Optometrists about the cost of wearing contact lenses.

Why not ask about our free trial lenses today?


Clare Coventry

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