In this guide, we'll outline the main things you need to know about the magic marvel of...COLORED CONTACTS!
Allowing you to transform the color of your eye in creative, bold, subtle and marvelous ways, plus anywhere in between, contact lenses have powerful cosmetic abilities.
However, they're considered to be medical devices and therefore, a prescription will be required to obtain them, regardless of whether you need vision correction, because they run the risking of harming your eyes if they're not fitted, maintained or worn properly.
It can be confusing when different terms, such as prescription colored contact lenses or non-prescription colored contact lenses are used to describe two different devices. And so, this guide will aim to highlight the differences of each one, so you know what is the safest and ideal option for you.
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These have the power to transform the color of your eye and correct conditions such as myopia (or nearsightedness), hyperopia (or farsightedness) and even astigmatism. Remember, for this type of medical device, prescriptions are required.
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Perhaps the most important difference between the two is that these contacts only alter the eye color. They do not have the lens power or ability to correct medical problems and vision, unlike the previous type of contacts, and can also be referred to as 'plano' contact lenses.
Regardless of the type of contacts you need or want, it's imperative to know that professional fittings and a contact lens prescription issued by a licensed eye doctor is required.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF COLORED CONTACT LENSES.
You'll find that the majority of colored contacts mimic the iris--the naturally colored part of the eye--and thus there are various subtle options to pick from.
Within the eye, the iris has got a complex structure. Therefore, some colored contact lenses have small colored dots, alongside radially-arranged shapes and lines, to ensure that the contact lenses appear more natural and subtle on the eye.
Another important feature of a colored contact lens is its opaque center, which is usually clear, so it doesn't restrict how much light is entering your eye via the pupil.
NOW, LET'S INTRODUCE YOU TO THE VARIETIES OF TINTS THAT COLORED CONTACTS MAY COME IN.
1) Visibility tint
This type of taint is relatively faint and does not affect your actual eye color. It's usually a light shade of blue or green tinted color added to the lens, allowing you to see colored contacts better during insertion and removal, therefore facilitating the process and making everything a little easier.
2) Enhancement tint
As its name suggests, the aim of enhancement tint is simply to enhance the color of your natural eyes. The tint is solid but translucent, and also a little darker than the previous visibility tint, and therefore is usually better for wearers who have light-colored eyes, or just want to transform their eye color into something more striking and vibrant!
3) Blending tint
According to manufacturers, a blending tint creates a more natural looking eye color. This is because gradually, they have been designed to become opaque from the edges towards the center of the contact lens. It's an ideal choice if you're looking for something more subtle.
4) Opaque tint
It's a non transparent tint that has the power to transform the color of your eye completely. If your eyes are darker, you should try this type of lens. Luckily for you, they can be found in a variety of shades, including green, blue, hazel, amethyst, violet, gray and brown.
Because of their abilities, theatrical and costume lenses fall under the category of opaque tints. Historically used in movies, on the silver screen and in dashing theatre performances, these special-effect contact lenses can now be bought by consumers.
This means you can turn yourself into a vampire, goth or alien...and that's just to name a couple of examples--whatever you need for Halloween or that fancy dress party!
SELECT THE BEST COLORED CONTACTS
Your choice is perhaps the most important thing. The type of contact lens color that will end up suiting you best depends on several factors that you should take into consideration, such as your skin tone and hair color.
Ultimately, however, it really depends on the look you aim to achieve--would you prefer subtle and simple, or daring and dramatic? Regardless, there are endless perfect options to pick from. Let's outline them.
1) Colored contact lenses for light eyes
If you're looking to alter your appearance, only in a natural manner, perhaps you should try an enhancement tint that deepens the natural color of the iris by defining the edges.
For example, if you have blue eyes, you could try gray colored contacts, or maybe even a different tone of blue.
2) Colored contact lenses for dark eyes
If your eyes are darker, opaque colored tints might be the best choice for you. In order to achieve a natural-looking appearance, a light honey brown or hazel colored lens would work best.
But, if you're really wanting to stand out from the crowd and command attention, that is, choose contact lenses in vivid and bold shades such as green, blue and violet. Or, if you have a darker skin tone, bright lenses can shape a show-stopping, daring new style.
3) Custom-made tints
Contact lens manufacturers can even offer lenses with custom-made tints, which are absolutely perfect when creating a truly incredible look, tailored specifically to your needs.
Made from a range of colors in differing densities, the colors of custom-made tints are typically semi-translucent and create a natural appearance. They even have the ability of camouflaging a congenital defect or injury, mimicking the look of a healthier pupil.
However, they aren't just for medical or cosmetic uses. Custom-made tints are becoming increasingly more popular among high-profile professional athletes at the top level of their sporting careers in order to improve their visual, and thus physical, performances. What more could you want?
Some key benefits of wearing colored contacts within sports include:
--Enhanced contrast sensitivity
--Heightened depth perception
A green tint can allow a tennis player to better see the ball on the court, therefore improving their performance to a great extent. Imagine the positive impact colored contact lenses would have in this scenario!
And, if that wasn't enough, there are now also colored contact lenses with photochromic tint, designed to adjust automatically to different lighting conditions.
It must be remember that although not supposed to change the color of your eye, their key purpose is reducing the sun's brightness entering the eyes in intense, bright conditions, thus protecting the pupil and the sensitivity of the eye.
THE DOS AND DON'TS OF COLORED CONTACTS.
This list will give you the best advice on keeping your eyes comfortable and healthy.
- DO care after your contact lenses properly. This is absolutely imperative. Colored contacts, like standard clear lenses, need to be cleaned, disinfected and stored properly with the correct lens care products in order to avoid contamination. Research online the best products to use and seek advice from a trusted professional. And, remember you must follow advice given by your eye doctor on replacing your lenses.
- DO enjoy your brand new style! Colored contacts have the magical ability to gift you the eye color you've always wanted in your dreams. Experiment and enjoy, as well as being safe and following instructions!
- DON'T use colored contacts if the eyes are irritated. Sore, red or irritated eyes can be a symptom of an eye infection or other serious problem. Avoid any sort of lens if this is the case.
- DON'T share your lenses. You must never do this. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and thus are fitted to the individual specifications of each person. Sharing these lenses can lead to a serious infection and this is not safe, nor worth it.
POTENTIAL DRAWBACKS OF COLORED CONTACTS?
As with everything, you must be wary of the limitations of products before you use them.
Although there are indeed different-sized contacts to suit most wearers, there'll be some moments, during blinking for example, when the colored part of the contact lenses may slide over your pupil. This will create a less-than-natural appearance, especially if you wear opaque colored contacts. If this is something that would trouble you, perhaps think twice before using them.
What's more, the size of your pupil is constantly varying in order to accommodate changing light conditions. For example, at nighttime, your pupils have a tendency to grow larger than the center of your colored lenses. On some occasions, your vision could be affected.
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION IS: ARE COLORED CONTACTS SAFE?
The resounding answer is--yes! It is true that color contact lenses are safe, as long as these contacts are fitted, cared for and worn properly.
And Myeyebb Contacts are CE & ISO certified.
If you follow the Dos and Don'ts listed above, you should have no problems at all.
It is necessary that you visit a doctor for a thorough and proper exam and fitting before you try them. As a result, you can be reassured that the contacts you use are comfortable, safe and look natural on your eye.
Similar to regular contacts, color contacts will not damage the eyes, as long as you follow the instructions of an eye doctor, particularly in terms of the duration time of wearing contacts and when to replace them.
However, if you're looking to alter the color of your eye for special occasions only and thus wear them for a limited time, daily disposable contacts are a fabulous option. A drastic form of surgery to change eye color does exist, but of course, colored contact lenses are definitely a much safer, cheaper and reversible way to experiment with eye color.
WILL YOU NEED A PRESCRIPTION WHEN GETTING COLORED CONTACTS?
In the U.S., the answer is yes. You do require a prescription in order to buy colored contacts legally. This is even true for plano (non-prescription) colored contact lenses that don't have a power of vision correction and thus are intended only for cosmetic purposes only.
Within the U.S., contact lenses are considered to be medical devices by the FDA, or Food and Drug Administration. This means that all lenses, regardless of their purpose, need a valid and legitimate prescription issued by a qualified eye care doctor and under the law cannot be sold to consumers without one.
So, if you ever see contacts being sold in a street or flea market, it's likely that these sellers are going against the law. Be wary! The illegal selling of contact lenses has also taken place in beauty salons, novelty dress up shops and even gas stations.
YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE PURCHASING COLORED CONTACTS FROM A LEGITIMATE, SAFE AND TRUSTWORTHY SOURCE.
Your eye health definitely should not be experimented or played around with!
THE PRICE OF COLORED CONTACTS AND WHETHER IT'S EVEN WORTH IT.
It's true that this type of color contact lenses cost more than clear, regular lenses. However, an exception is that colored contact lenses only have a faint and subtle visibility tint for locating them during removal. Therefore, they typically cost the same as clear lenses.
The raised cost for buying colored contact lenses is less when buying mass-produced contacts, but they can even cost several times more than regular contacts (for those with custom tints). However, many people find that the ability to change the color of their eye is worth the added expense.
Overall, colored contacts can provide you with the magical power of transforming and experimenting with your eye color. With an endless variety of shades and types of tint, there is something perfect for every individual. Not only used for cosmetic reasons, contact lenses can have a powerful impact on medical conditions and sports performance.
As long as they're used safely, legally and with care, as well as following the instructions of your eye care specialist, enjoy!