Colored contacts are a perfect way to give yourself a new look without the pressure of making the wrong decision because there are a variety of colors to choose from. If you change your mind, the solution is as simple as purchasing a new pair of colored contact lenses. If you'd like to learn more about whether colored contacts are a good fit for you, continue reading.
Who Can Wear Colored Contacts?
Colored contacts can be worn by anyone who wants to present themselves differently and make their eyes stand out with a new color. Colored contacts are suitable for people who are nearsighted or farsighted. Furthermore, there are even special colored contact lenses for people who have astigmatism.
Even if you do not need corrective lenses, you can still wear colored contacts. However, you must receive a professional fitting and a prescription from a licensed eye doctor, regardless of whether you need corrective colored lenses. All contact lenses can potentially harm your eyes if they aren't properly fitted, worn, and maintained.
What Are The Different Types of Colored Contacts
It's essential to understand the different colored contact tints so that you can choose the best color for your eyes. Colored contacts vary in color intensity depending on which shade you choose. The four main color tints that you can choose from are:
The visibility tint usually comes in a faint light blue or green color and does not alter your eye color. The purpose of this tint is to help you easily insert or remove your contacts, or retrieve them if they drop to the ground. Clear contacts can sometimes be challenging to find, especially when your vision is blurred before inserting your corrective lenses.
These lenses are slightly darker than the visibility tint. As the name suggests, the enhancement tint is ideal if you want to subtly enhance your natural eye color. For example, if you're going to highlight your blue eyes, you would insert blue enhancement lenses on your natural blue eyes.
The blending tint has a color gradient effect where the outer edges of the contact are more translucent and gradually become more opaque towards the center of the eye. This tint is perfect if you want to change your eye color but want to blend it in naturally with your original eye color.
Opaque Tint. This non-transparent tint is ideal if you want to alter your eye color altogether. For dark eyes, such as brown or black eyes, you'll need the opaque tint to change your eye color properly. These lenses cover your original eye color entirely and come in various colors.
How Do I Choose The Right Colored Contacts?
The color that best suits you will depend on multiple factors, such as your hair color, skin tone, and original eye color. The most effective way to choose your contact lens color is to schedule an appointment to speak to one of our professional optometrists at CV Optometry. But before you do, there are some factors to consider depending on your original eye color.
You can choose colors from either enhancement, blending, or opaque tints. Enhancement tints deepen your natural color and make your eyes look more vibrant. Blending tints will blend your natural color with whichever color you choose. Opaque tints will dramatically change your eye color, but depending on your hair and skin tone, the change can still look natural.
The most effective colored contact for dark eyes is the opaque-tinted lenses. You can try a hazel or honey brown tone for a less dramatic color change. However, you can choose more vibrant colors such as blue or green. If you have tan-colored skin, brighter lenses can transform your appearance.
How Can I Properly Maintain My Colored Contacts?
Similarly to regular contacts, you must properly maintain color contacts to decrease the possibility of eye infections, bacteria, or other issues that can harm your eyes.
Clean Your Lenses
Take out your lenses daily and properly disinfect them with lens cleaning products before storing them in a safe container. Ask your eye doctor when the appropriate time is to replace your lenses.
Do Not Share Your Lenses
It may seem harmless and fun to share your colored contacts with friends, but doing so can harm your eyes. All contacts are specifically fitted for each person's eyes, so wearing someone else's lens may scratch your eye and lead to an eye infection.
Here at CV Optometry, your eyes are in good hands. If you want to try wearing colored contacts, schedule your appointment today or call us at 760-347-6636, and we'll help you choose the colored contacts that best suit you.