Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care has carried out a survey into the misinformation and myths around contact lenses in order to change the nation’s perceptions.

As part Contact Lens Awareness Month in June, the independent surveyed over 2,000 adults in the UK and highlighted other fraudulent bits of trivia, such as the short memory length of goldfish.

Scrivens said it wanted to highlight some fun falsehoods while noting that much of what people believe about contact lenses could be out of date.

A Scrivens spokesperson said: ‘For many of us, we will have believed these titbits of incorrect information to be true since childhood, so it’s hard to accept we’ve been wrong for decades.

‘It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the myths around contact lenses getting lost behind your eye, as well as freeze to your eye in cold weather make the top 30 myths that Brits believe.’

In Scrivens’ survey, 44% of respondents said they would not switch their glasses for contact lenses due to common myths, such as them being too fiddly (46%) or just not liking the idea of them (36%).

However, it added that those who have converted to contact lenses are happy with their decision because they are convenient (55%) and prefer how they look wearing them (44%).