Contact Lens Myths Debunked

Contact lenses are a great way to correct vision without having to wear glasses, but there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about them. In this blog post, we will debunk the most common contact lens myths.

Myth #1: Contact lenses can get lost behind your eye.

This is a common Contact Lens Myths, but it’s physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. Your conjunctiva, a thin membrane that covers the white of your eye, prevents anything from getting behind your eye. If your contact lens moves out of place, it will most likely lodge under your upper eyelid. You can usually just blink a few times or gently pull down your upper eyelid to dislodge it.

Myth #2: Contact lenses can damage your eyes.

Contact lenses are generally safe, but they can damage your eyes if they’re not worn or cared for properly. For example, wearing contact lenses for too long or not cleaning them properly can increase your risk of infection. It’s important to follow your optometrists’ instructions on how to wear and care for your contact lenses to minimize your risk of complications.

Myth #3: You can’t wear contact lenses if you have dry eyes.

If you have dry eyes, you can still wear contact lenses. There are several things you can do to manage dry eyes and wear contact lenses comfortably, such as using lubricating eye drops and choosing contact lenses that are designed for dry eyes.

Myth #4: Contact lenses can permanently stick to your eye.

This is another myth. If a contact lens sticks to your eye, it’s most likely because your eye is very dry. Blinking a few times or using a lubricating eye drop will usually dislodge the contact lens. If you can’t remove the contact lens yourself, see your optometrists right away.

Myth #5: Contact lenses are expensive.

Contact lenses can be expensive, but there are a few ways to save money, such as buying contact lenses in bulk and using coupons. You can also ask your eye doctor about affordable contact lens options.

If you’re considering wearing contact lenses, be sure to talk to your eye doctor. They can help you choose the right contact lenses for your needs and teach you how to wear and care for them properly.


How to Insert and Remove Contact Lenses Safely and Easily

Inserting and removing contact lenses can be tricky at first, but with a little practice, it will become second nature. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to insert and remove contact lenses safely and easily:

How to insert contact lenses:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This is the most important step, as it will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and infection.
  2. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel. Lints can stick to your contact lenses and irritate your eyes.
  3. Remove the contact lens from the case with your index finger. Be careful not to touch the inside of the contact lens with your fingers.
  4. Place the contact lens on the tip of your index finger and gently pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger. This will create a pocket for the contact lens to sit in.
  5. Look up and position the contact lens over your eye. Centre the contact lens over your pupil and gently release your lower eyelid.
  6. Close your eye for a few seconds and gently roll your eye around. This will help the contact lens to settle into place.

How to remove contact lenses:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  2. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
  3. Look up and gently pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.
  4. Use your index finger to gently slide the contact lens down to the white part of your eye.
  5. Pinch the contact lens between your index finger and thumb and remove it from your eye.

Here are some additional tips for inserting and removing contact lenses safely and easily:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses. This is the most important step, as it will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and infection.
  • Be careful not to touch the inside of your contact lenses with your fingers. If you do touch the inside of your contact lens, rinse it with contact lens solution before inserting it again.
  • Use a contact lens solution to clean and disinfect your contact lenses before and after inserting them. This will help to remove any build-up of dirt, debris, and bacteria.
  • For Monthly and Fortnightly Contact lens Store them in a clean contact lens case when you’re not wearing them. This will help to keep your contact lenses fresh and moist.
  • Replace your contact lenses according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most contact lenses need to be replaced, Daily, every two weeks or monthly.

Contact lens troubleshooting:

If you have any problems inserting or removing your contact lenses, please consult with your Optometrist. Here are some common contact lens problems and how to troubleshoot them:

  • Dry eyes: If you have dry eyes, you can try using a lubricating eye drop before inserting your contact lenses.
  • Blurry vision: If your vision is blurry after inserting your contact lenses, it’s possible that your contact lenses aren’t the right prescription. You may need to see your Optometrist for a new prescription.
  • Contact lens stuck in eye: If your contact lens gets stuck in your eye, try blinking a few times. If it’s still stuck, try gently pulling it down with your finger. If you can’t remove it yourself, see your eye doctor right away.

By following these tips, you can safely and easily insert and remove your contact lenses. If you have any problems, please consult with your Optometrist.

Contact lenses for astigmatism: What you need to know

What is an astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that can make your vision blurry. It’s caused by an irregularly shaped cornea, the clear front part of your eye. This can make light rays focus at multiple points in your eye instead of just one.

Contact lenses are a great way to correct vision for people with astigmatism. Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct the irregular shape of your cornea and give you clear vision.

How do toric contact lenses work?

Toric contact lenses work by using different powers in different directions. This helps to compensate for the irregular shape of your cornea and focus light rays correctly onto your retina.

Toric contact lenses also have a thicker zone at the bottom of the lens, which helps to keep them from rotating in your eye. This is important because toric contact lenses need to be properly oriented in order to work correctly.

Why wear toric contact lenses?

There are a few reasons why you might want to consider wearing toric contact lenses:

  • Sharper vision: Toric contact lenses can provide sharper vision than glasses, especially for people with high astigmatism.
  • Wider field of view: Contact lenses sit directly on your eye, so they provide a wider field of view than glasses. This can be beneficial for activities such as sports and driving.
  • More comfortable: Contact lenses can be more comfortable to wear than glasses, especially for people who have an active lifestyle.

What types of toric contact lenses are available?

Toric contact lenses are available in a variety of materials, including soft contact lenses, Hard Contact lenses a.k.a rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, and hybrid lenses.

  • Soft toric contact lenses: Soft toric contact lenses are the most popular type of toric contact lenses. They are comfortable to wear and are available in a variety of disposable and reusable options.
  • RGP toric contact lenses: RGP toric contact lenses are more durable than soft toric contact lenses and can provide sharper vision. However, they can be more difficult to insert and remove, and they may take some time to adjust to wearing.
  • Hybrid toric contact lenses: Hybrid toric contact lenses combine the best features of soft and RGP lenses. They are comfortable to wear and provide sharp vision. However, they can be more expensive than other types of toric contact lenses.

How to choose the right toric contact lenses for you

The best way to choose the right toric contact lenses for you is to talk to your Optometrist. They can assess your individual needs and recommend the best type of contact lenses for you.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing toric contact lenses:

  • Your prescription: Your Optometrist will measure your prescription to determine the power and axis of your toric contact lenses.
  • Your lifestyle: If you have an active lifestyle, you may want to consider disposable toric contact lenses.
  • Your budget: Toric contact lenses can be more expensive than other types of contact lenses. Be sure to factor in the cost of the lenses and the care solutions you will need when making your decision.


I know it can be frustrating to have astigmatism. Blurry vision can make it hard to do the things you love, like driving, playing sports, or reading a good book. But don’t worry, there is a solution! Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism and give you the clear vision you deserve.

If you’re thinking about trying toric contact lenses, talk to your eye doctor. They can help you choose the right type of lenses for your individual needs and lifestyle. And they can teach

How to Read Your Contact Lens Prescription

Reading a contact lens prescription can sometimes feel like deciphering a code, especially if you’re new to wearing contact lenses. However, understanding the information written on the prescription is an important step in your contact lenses journey, to make sure you get the right lenses for your eyes. Below is a breakdown of the various elements typically found in a contact lens prescription:

Remember: glasses and contact lens prescriptions are different.

  • OD and OS

OD (Oculus Dexter): Pertains to your right eye.

OS (Oculus Sinister): Pertains to your left eye.

Some prescriptions may use OU, which stands for “Oculus Uterque,” meaning both eyes.

  • Base Curve (BC)

Expressed in millimetres, this measurement represents the curvature of the back surface of the contact lens. It is crucial for ensuring the lens fits well on the eye.

  • Diameter (DIA)

This indicates the size of the contact lens in millimetres. It’s essential for a proper fit.

  • Power/Sphere (PWR/SPH)

This number indicates the lens power required to correct your vision. A negative value corrects for near-sightedness (myopia), while a positive value is for farsightedness (hyperopia). i

  • Cylinder (CYL) and Axis

These values are necessary for individuals with Astigmatism/Toric Lenses. The cylinder specifies the degree of the astigmatism, while the axis indicates its orientation. If your prescription doens’t have theses values then your lens type may be a Spherical or Multifocal Lens

Cylinder: This is always a negative number, representing the lens power required for astigmatism.

Axis: This is a number between 0 and 180 degrees, specifying the orientation of the astigmatism correction.

  • Add Power (ADD)

This value is used for multifocal lenses and represents the magnifying power added to the bottom part of the lenses to correct presbyopia.

  • Brand/Type

Your prescription may also specify a brand or type of lens suitable for you.

  • Expiration Date

Contact lens prescriptions usually come with an expiration date, which is typically one year from the date of the eye exam. It is important to Stick to the Expiration date for your prescription to ensure the best possible visual and health results for your eyes.

(Example of Prescription) 

In Conclusion 

Understanding these parameters will not only allow you to get the most suitable contact lenses but will also help you make better-informed decisions about your eye care.

Always consult with an optometrist to get a prescription that fits your specific needs.

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Global Stock Shortages: And how this will affect you

Johnson & Johnson have informed us that due to the high global demand, some prescriptions are taking a little longer than expected to be manufactured and shipped.

This issue is expected to last through the end of the year and impact the following products:

  • 1 Day ACUVUE Moist
  • 1 Day ACUVUE Moist for Astigmatism
  • 1 Day ACUVUE Moist Multifocal
  • ACUVUE Oasys 1 Day
  • ACUVUE Oasys 1 Day for Astigmatism
  • ACUVUE Oasys
  • ACUVUE Oasys for Astigmatism

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to reduce the effect this will have on you.

If you have already placed your order and it is running late, we will notify you by email with updates on its progress.

What is our response to the situation?

We’re working hard to ensure that product availability and quick delivery times will continue as much as we possible can.

How we are making sure that our customers have access to the vision care products they need?

If you need lenses urgently, we can suggest an alternative lens type. However, we recommend that you have new lenses fitted by your eye care professional to confirm suitability. For lens recommendations, we ask that you send a message to our opticians here.

Where can I buy my contact lenses?

While most online retailers, as well as high street and independent opticians, are affected, inventory and specific prescription availability will vary by retailer.

What is the latest update from Johnson & Johnson?

As a precaution, Johnson & Johnson anticipates that select out-of-stock prescriptions will be fulfilled within 30 – 40 days of purchase. However, our ongoing experience shows that delayed orders are received much faster.

We are making every effort to Continue to keep everyone updated as best we can to the effects of these manufacturing issues, and we will keep this post updated with any new information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.