Contact Lenses: Fears And Solutions

There are many people who do not want to wear glasses but they are too afraid to wear contact lenses for a variety of reasons. You may even be one of these people. In fact, according to a report Vision Council of America, 75% of adults either wear glasses or contact lenses. It is interesting to note that out of that 75%, only 11% wear contact lenses while 64% wear glasses.

Why is it that so many people are choosing glasses over contact lenses? Part of this is no doubt due to the fear the some people have of using contact lenses.

Below are several of the fears that people really have about contact lenses and some solutions to help overcome these fears.

Touching the Eye

Fear: You may be a person that is afraid to touch your eye. This is not uncommon and can be very uncomfortable in certain instance. There are many people who even have a fear of putting eye drops in their eyes.

Solution: There are several things that can be done to overcome this fear. The first thing to do is to get contacts that can be worn for long periods of time. This will require you to put them in and take them out a lot less frequently and help mitigate the fear of touching your eye.

When putting the lenses in, look up and insert the lens at the bottom of the eye. This prevents you from looking at the finger and scaring yourself.


Fear: Maybe you have a fear of putting contact lenses in because you believe they may get an infection.

Solution:  By taking proper care of your contact lenses, and the case where they reside when they are not in your eye will prevent this from happening. Wash your hands before inserting the lens. Clean, disinfect, and rinse the lens regularly. When these things are done, the chance of infection is very slim.


Fear: There are many people who have a fear that they will never get used to wearing something in their eyes. They do not want to live with being uncomfortable every day.

Solution: While this sometimes may be the case, the vast majority of people will begin to acclimate over the period of a couple of weeks. There are several different kinds of contact lenses as well. If one kind does not work, try a different kind to see if that helps.