Are Colored Contact Lenses Right For You?
Colored Contact Lenses
People choose to wear contacts for many reasons. Besides their normal corrective function, many people wear contacts for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons as well.
Colored contacts in particular have become very popular in recent years because of their immediate ability to drastically chance appearances. Whether it is for Halloween costumes, comic conventions, theatrical performances, for personal beauty reasons or just for fun, people are becoming more interested in these fascinating medical devices.
Color contacts are available in both prescription and plano forms:
1) Prescription color contacts: Changes your eye color as well as correcting your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
2) Plano color contacts: Changes your eye color with no alternation for vision correction
Types of Colored Contacts
Most of colored contact lenses you will find are designed to mimic the natural look of the coloured part of the eye, called the iris. It is very easy to find contacts that can enhance any blue, brown or green eye colour. There are of course some contact colours that are a bit crazier – like white, black or red – that are not usually worn on a daily basis, but are still available for special occasions.
In general, colored contacts come in three kinds of tints:
1) Visibility tint: These lenses come with a light blue or light green tint that does not affect your natural eye color. Their primary purpose is vision correction.
2) Enhancement tint: These lenses come with a solid but translucent tint that is a little bit darker than a visibility tint. These lenses are worn to enhance your natural eye color. These are best suited for wearers who have light-coloured eyes and want to make their natural eye colour more intense.
3) Opaque tint: These lenses are non-transparent and can change your eye color completely. If you have dark-coloured eyes, you will need this tint to change your eye colour.
Color contacts for Light Eyes
Colored contacts with enhancement tints are great for people with light-coloured eyes because they define the edges of your iris and deepen your natural eye colour without changing your eye colour completely.
However, if you want to experiment with a different eye color and still want to keep a natural look, you could try grey or green contact lenses, if your natural eye colour is blue.
Color contacts for Dark Eyes
If you have dark-colored eyes and want to change your eye colour, you will have to use opaque tinted lenses to cover up your natural eye colour completely.
For a natural look, you could try a light honey brown or hazel color for a gentle change. However, if you want to really experiment, you could always try blue, green or violet lenses to shake things up a bit.
Colored Contacts: Common Concerns
Although colored contacts are easy and fun to use, there are a few things that people should be aware of before purchasing them.
1) “Do I need a prescription to buy colored contacts?”
Colored contact lenses are medical devices, so before you can buy your first pair of coloured lenses, you will need to have a valid eye prescription from a licensed optician. Even if you want plano lenses, you will need to visit a vision specialist beforehand and have them write you a prescription specifically for wearing coloured contacts.
2) “Are colored contacts safe?”
Colored contacts are absolutely safe – as long as they are properly prescribed, worn and cared for.
You should never buy or wear contacts unless they are purchased “over the counter” with a proper prescription and approved by a licensed optician. Colored contact lenses sold in flea markets, gas stations or beauty salons are NOT approved medical devices and you should never buy or wear them.
Also, although it sounds fun and harmless, you should never share your colored contact lenses with friends, family, etc. Doing so greatly increases your chance of contracting harmful eye infections.
3) “Are colored contacts expensive?”
Colored contact lenses are priced a little bit higher than normal contact lenses, but most wearers believe this is a worthy investment for the results that they receive.