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Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses

Around 45 million Americans enjoy the comfort and convenience of their contact lenses. However, myths about wearing contact lenses keep more people from embracing the chance to be free from glasses.

At Harlem VistaSite Eye Care in Harlem, New York, Dr. Brittni Rodriguez can walk you through the process of considering and trying out contact lenses to help you determine if they are right for you. Here, Dr. Rodriguez helps you separate myths from facts about contacts.

5 myths about contact lenses

There are many myths about contact lenses that can be easily dispelled with a little research. Here are the top five:

All of these are just that — myths. Not one of them provides a reason to not ask your optometrist about contact lenses. Dr. Rodriguez wants you to know the facts.

5 facts about contact lenses

It’s time to dispel these myths and get down to the truth of the matter when it comes to contact lenses. 


Contact lenses used to be much more expensive than glasses, but thanks to mass production, they’re cheaper than ever. Also, many insurance carriers now cover contacts as part of vision care packages.


The rigid contact lenses made years ago could be uncomfortable, especially if not perfectly fitted. Newer contact lenses are so thin and flexible that you barely know they’re there.


Contact lenses are just like any other health-related tool: Used improperly, they can cause problems. But it’s a myth that contacts are bad for your eyes. Dr. Rodriguez makes sure every patient leaves her office knowing exactly how to care for their eyes and their lenses.


The idea that contacts don’t stay in your eyes is another holdover from the days of thick, rigid lenses. Despite what ’80s movies would have you believe, today’s lenses rarely pop out of the eye and go down the drain or into the carpet.


Your contact lens can’t wander off behind your eyeball and get stuck, either. This is another myth that we can lay to rest. A membrane separates the space in front of your eye from the space in back, so it’s physically impossible and nothing to worry about. 

While it’s true that contact lenses aren’t for everyone, they’re more accessible than many people think. There are contact lenses for those with nearsightedness or farsightedness, and even for people with astigmatism or who need bifocals.

If you’ve been longing for freedom from glasses, an expert evaluation can determine the best type and size of contacts for you. Call our office at 646-453-6506 or book an eye appointment online today.

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