Color Contact Lenses
For contact lens wearers, one unique option is to get colored contacts. There are, however, some important things to know before purchasing color contact lenses.
Types of Color Contact Lenses
This is usually a light blue or green tint which is added to a lens. It is designed to help you see the lens better when inserting and removing contacts, or in case you drop one. Since it is a very light tint, a color lens with a visibility tint does not affect your eye color.
This is a solid, but translucent (see-through) tint that is a little darker than a visibility tint. An enhancement tint lens is different as it does change your eye color. As the name implies, its purpose is to enhance the existing color of your eyes. These are usually recommended for contact lens wearers who have light colored eyes and want to intensify their eye color.
These lenses are deeper, opaque tints that alter your eye color completely. Color tints typically consist of patterns of solid colors. If you have dark eyes, this is the type of lens that will be necessary in order to change your eye color. Color contacts come in a wide variety of colors, including hazel, green, blue, purple and gray.
Many of these colored contact lenses are available in a variety of options such as in plano form, for people with astigmatism, and as bifocal contacts or disposable contact lens.
Colored contact lens manufacturers simulate the natural look of the iris (the colored portion of the eye). Since the iris itself is made up of colorful shapes and lines, some colored contact lenses have a series of tiny colored dots in order to make them appear more realistic.
Colored Contact Lenses vs. Regular Contact Lenses
There are a couple disadvantages of colored contact lenses when compared to regular contact lenses:
- Although there are different sized lenses to fit most wearers, there are some occasions where the colored portion of the lens may slide over the pupil a little bit, especially when blinking.
- Also, because your pupil is constantly changing size to accommodate different light conditions, the pupil may sometimes be larger than the clear center of the lens. Your vision may slightly be affected when this happens, which is most likely to occur at night.
Like with regular contact lenses, colored contact lenses have some basic cleanliness and care guidelines you should follow:
- Colored contact lenses require cleanliness and extreme care with the appropriate solution and cleansers.
- It is never a good idea to share or swap colored lenses with friends because it can also share bacteria or infections.
- Colored contact lenses require a prescription from your eye doctor, even if they are plano lenses. If you see colored lenses being sold without a prescription it is most likely illegal and you should avoid those vendors and stores.
- As with any other concerns, if you have continuous issues, it is important to consult your eye doctor.
Choosing Your Color
There are some things to consider when choosing the color of your contact lenses. You should think about how bold or different you want your color to appear. Also, your skin tone and wearing makeup can affect how your eyes appear with the colored contact lenses.
If you want a more natural look, it is best to pick a color closer to your natural color. However, if you want to make a statement you can choose a more extreme option. Your eye care professional can help make recommendations based on your desired look and results.
Interesting Facts about Color Contact Lenses
- When you see actors in movies with extremely different colored eyes, especially aliens or cat-like appearances, this is usually a costume or theatrical contact lens. These lenses are a type of opaque color tint,which are now widely available for novelty use. Costume or theatrical contact lenses also fall into the category of opaque color tints.
- Based on recent surveys in the US, there are personality traits that people associate with different eye colors. For instance, brown eyes are matched with intelligence and blue eyes are associated with sweetness.
- Green is the color chosen most, followed second by blue, when people are asked what color they would like their eyes if they could change them.