Myths About Contact Lenses
Myth busting has become a favorite pastime for millions of people all around the world. Some write articles about busting myths and misconceptions, while others take it one step farther and make television shows about the subject. Well, let’s jump on the ban wagon and bust some myths about contacts online.
Myth 1 – Children and young adults should not wear contact lenses.
Although there have been tremendous improvements and breakthroughs in the manufacturing and development of contact lenses, this myth is half true. It really is not safe for anyone under the age of about ten to wear contact lenses. People of this age are simply not mature enough to keep their fingers out of their eyes. This will put bacteria and other foreign objects in the eye, which can slide under the lens, causing a severe eye infection, or worse.
Of course, there are many people over the age of ten that still have not learned how to keep their fingers out of their eyes, but by this age, they are mature enough (hopefully) to understand the consequences.
Younger people also have more trouble putting the lenses in and taking them out, plus they are too irresponsible to care for the contact lenses properly. So, unless you love to create extra work for yourself, don’t give your child contact lenses.
In addition to this, most contact lenses are manufactured for adult eyes. The eyes of children are smaller, so finding a pair that will fit your child could be quite difficult.
Myth 2 – People should stop using contact lenses after the age of forty.
Really? This sounds more like a joke than a myth. Do your eyes become more sensitive as you age? Probably, but not noticeably until you hit about sixty or seventy. Does dementia set in after forty and you start to forget to clean your contact lenses properly? Where does this myth even come from? This should not be called a myth, it should be called a total insult to anyone over the age of forty.
Maybe, after the age of one hundred you may have trouble handling the tiny little contact lens, making insertion and extraction difficult. But, at forty you are still quite young and vibrant enough to handle contact lenses.