There’s what you hear about contacts and then there’s the truth.
Such contact lens-related problems can occur, but they’re unlikely. Most common eye health issues are caused by poorly fitted lenses, or by not taking care of the lenses like you should.
Can contact lenses pop out of my eye?
Not likely. With proper fitting, contacts should stay in place almost all the time. Even on that rare occasion when a contact lens moves out of place, it usually stays in your eye until you move it back.
Are eye infections common when wearing contact lenses?
Contact lens-related health problems can occur, but they’re rare. Infections are most commonly related to poor cleaning routines or other lens care-related issues. If you follow your eye doctor’s directions for proper wear and care, you should be fine.
Are contact lenses more expensive than glasses?
Contacts can be surprisingly affordable. And with vision insurance, out-of-pocket costs may be even less. Plus, replacing a lost contact lens can be cheap and easy compared to replacing lost or damaged glasses.
Can you only wear contacts if you need glasses all the time?
If your need for vision correction isn’t that great, contact lenses are an easy, always-there alternative to wear when you need them for certain activities, such as sports. And, unlike glasses, contacts won’t smudge, steam up, fall off or break, and you won’t lose any peripheral vision. Learn more about Glasses & Contacts.
If you wear contacts, is it okay to share them with someone who doesn’t?
No. Your contact lenses have been specially fit to your unique vision needs and the unique shape of your eye. Friends don’t let friends share contacts.
Do my eyes need a rest from contacts to “breathe”?
In general, no. Unless your Optometrist has instructed you otherwise, you can safely wear your lenses every day.
Are contacts bad for your eyes?
Contact lenses are safe. Be sure to stick to the replacement schedule and cleaning instructions that your Optometrist provides and you’re good to go.