This is quite a common theory, however is actually a myth. Wearing contact lenses has not been proven to have any effect on the deterioration of vision or progression of myopia (short-sightedness).
Unfortunately, vision can deteriorate as we get older and so progresses at a natural rate for some, which is neither helped or hindered by wearing contact lenses.
Any vision deterioration is most likely a natural process, however might be the development of a particular eye condition or disease. If you feel your vision has begun to worsen, it’s very important to go for an eye test and seek medical advice from your optician.
How safe are contact lenses?
Contact lenses are safe, comfortable and hygienic to wear, provided you follow a few basic guidelines on how to handle and look after your lenses.
- When applying and removing your lenses, make sure to wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
- Remember to clean and store your lenses in contact lens solution properly every night (unless they’re daily disposables, in which case you should throw them away after a day of use).
- It’s also highly recommended that you don’t wear your lenses continuously for longer than 12 hours, although some lenses are designed to last a little bit longer.
- Never sleep in your contact lenses, unless they’re designed for extended wear.
- Go for an eye test at least once every two years, or if you experience any vision issues, so you’ll be sure you’re wearing the right prescription for your eyes.
Do I need an eye test?
Eye exams for contact lenses