Myths about fitting soft contact lenses have been examined in a paper by the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (Core) in Clinical and Experimental Optometry.

The research sought to shift persistent views about contact lenses that were no longer accurate based on current evidence.

Lyndon Jones, director at Core, said: ‘In 1992, Nathan Efron explored a variety of common myths and mistruths around the fitting and wearing of contact lenses. Remarkably, three decades later, more than half of the current misconceptions we’ve identified were also acknowledged in those original papers. While there has been extraordinary technological and clinical progress over that same time, it has proven more difficult to shake off some long-held incorrect views and established clinical practices.’

Core identified 10 misconceptions, such as increasing oxygen transmissibility improves lens comfort, hydrogels should no longer be fitted and patients will be more successful wearing contact lens materials that demonstrate low levels of deposition.