Can Your Contact Lenses Melt at a BBQ? Find Out Here

Contact lens myths

Ever panicked when you suddenly lost your contact lenses into your eye? Remember your friend telling you not to wear your contact lenses to a BBQ? We address these contact lens myths and more below:

Myth #1: Eh, if you not careful ah, your contact lenses will get lost in your eyes leh! 

False. It is physically impossible for a contact lens to move behind the eye. This is because there’s a thin membrane that covers your eye and connects to the inside of your lids, so the lens won’t ever stray off the front surface of your eye.

What to do: When you feel like you’ve lost your lens into the mysterious realm of your eyelid, you’ll usually feel it lodged somewhere. To get it out, squeeze a few lens rewetting drops into your eye and gently massage your eyelid with your eyes closed. Most of the time, the lens will pop back to where you can see it and you can remove it.

Myth #2: Don’t wear your contact lenses to the BBQ, later they melt into your eyes then you know! 

Remember this photo circulating the internet on how this girl’s contacts melted into her eyeballs? Well, that’s not true.

Contact lenses are made from plastic polymers which will melt if exposed to high enough temperatures. However, just standing close to a barbecue and staring at it will hardly allow the contact lenses to reach this melting point. Contact lenses can withstand much more changes in temperature than humans can, so your face would have to be on fire before it melts.

What to do: When you feel like your lenses are dried up and stuck to your eyes, it’s because the heat has dried up the moisture (the tear layer) around your contact lenses. Dry eyes make it seem like your lenses have welded into your eyeballs, but that’s not the case. Simply just drop in some rewetting solution and you can remove the contacts easily.

Myth #3: Astigmatism? Cannot wear contact lenses one lah! 

False. Technology has actually come pretty far, and contact lenses today can be used to correct the vision problems below:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Blurred vision (astigmatism)
  • Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia)

What to do: Go see an optometrist. He / she’ll test your eye and tell you if contact lenses are suited for your specific vision problem.


What other contact lens horror stories have you heard? Share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page! and we’ll help you check if they’re true!


Written by: Jolene Foo
Sources: All About VisionCNIBNHSDepartment of Health, Hong KongMayo ClinicEyeSmartOnly Health

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