Colored contact lenses allow wearers to change their eye color and achieve a certain look. Whether one wants to enhance what they already have or wants to dress up for Halloween or another special occasion, colored contacts can help. Below, wearers can read more about these unique lenses.
Different Forms of Colored Contacts
Colored contact lenses can be bought in prescription or plano form.
Prescription colored contacts correct conditions such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism while changing the wearer’s eye color.
Plano colored contacts are worn for cosmetic purposes only to change the eye color. They have no power to correct the wearer’s vision.
While colored contacts can cost much more than regular lenses, the ability to change one’s eye color make them a worthwhile purchase for many wearers.
Kinds of Colored Contacts
Most colored lenses are designed to closely mimic the natural appearance of the iris of the eye. Because this area is composed of colorful lines and shapes, some lenses have a series of radial colored lines and dots that help them look more natural. The center of the lens, which lies over the pupil of the eye, is clear so the wearer can see properly. Colored contacts are available in three tints.
Visibility tint is added to a lense to make it easier to see during insertion or removal. These are light and do not affect eye color.
Enhancement tint is a bit darker than a visibility tint and supplements the eyes’ natural color.
Opaque tints can completely change the wearer’s eye color, and they’re usually best for those with dark eyes. They’re available in colors such as amethyst, green, hazel, gray, brown, and blue.
Lastly, there are theatrical or costume contacts, which also fall into the opaque tint category. They’re commonly used in movies, and now they’re available for cosplay and novelty use. Wearers can temporarily transform themselves into aliens, vampires, or other creatures for a fun costume look. Despite the fact that novelty lenses have no power to change the wearer’s eyesight, it’s still important to see an optometrist before wearing them. An eye doctor can evaluate the wearer’s eyes and recommend the right size lenses.