Myth Busters

Fact or Myth

Common Myths:

Myth #1:  Vision does not change for those ages 18-35, so annual exams are unncessary.

FACT:  Annual exams are necessary for more than vision correction.  They evaluate cornea and ocular health.  Issues are often initially minor and can be resolved if treated early by an eye care professional (ECP).  Vision loss, or loss of the eye itself can result from delayed eye care.

Myth #2:  A patient will recognize problems and see a professional as needed.

FACT:  Many contact lens complications progress without any symptoms a patient would notice. Patients also often mistake lens issues for environmental factors, like allergies. Delaying exams increases patient costs and limits visual outcomes.

Myth #3:  Contact lenses are like a toothbrush and do not require professional oversight.

FACT: The FDA regulates lenses as category II and III medical devices. The CDC reports over 1 million medical visits at a cost of $175 million related to lenses annually.  Up to 99% of lens wearers have at least one habit that puts them at risk.  Exams also reenforce lens care practices.

Myth #4:  Two-year contact lens prescriptions are commonly accepted in medical practice.

FACT:  The American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Opthalmology, the CDC, and others recommend annual eye exams for contact lens wearers.  Even in the few states that allow up-to-two-year prescriptions, ECPs still almost exclusively write for one-year periods.

Myth #5:  All internet sellers abide by current law when filling lens prescriptions.

FACT: Certain internet sellers violate current law by soliciting orders that extend beyond the expiration date. Studies show the mere practice of purchasing lenses from internet sellers is a risk factor.  Extending the prescription length will only encourage this harmful practice.