If you are considering a pair of colored contact lenses, then you have probably noticed how dramatically they can change the look of the wearer’s eyes and face. With a wide range of colors to choose from, you can have the eye color you want, anytime you want it. Whatever you do, though, don’t just go online and order colored lenses from a random retailer.
Here are some things you need to know about colored contact lenses before giving them a try.
- They’re very similar to regular lenses
The only real difference between regular contact lenses and colored ones is the color itself. Colored lenses have clear counterparts designed the exact same way. This means that, if you are used to wearing contact lenses, you aren’t likely to have any trouble with colored lenses. They’ll also last the same amount of time as regular lenses. Some find them slightly less comfortable as they may be a bit thicker, but the difference is usually negligible. Also, the advantage to a thicker lens is that it can be easier to insert and remove.
- You can have perfect vision and still use colored lenses
You don’t have to need corrective lenses to wear colored contacts. These lenses come in a wide range of powers, so whether your eyesight is perfect or requires significant correcting, you can change the color of your eyes with contacts. However, the only way to know for sure is to see an eye doctor to make sure you are a candidate for contact lenses and if you do need visual correction, you end up with the right prescription for you. Which brings us to…
- You will still need a prescription
Even if your eyesight is fine and your colored contacts have zero power, you still need to get them from an eye care practitioner. That’s because all contact lenses, whether they are clear or colored, are medical devices that can potentially harm your eyes if used incorrectly. Also, different brands and types of contact lenses act differently in each individual eye, so your eye doctor must check their vision and fit and make sure that they are right for you. Once your eye doctor gives the go-ahead, they can provide you with a prescription, and then you can place your order.
Note: this means that you should never buy colored contacts from just any online retailer, such as a Halloween store that doesn’t require you to have a prescription.
- You should be selfish with your lenses
Even if your lenses aren’t corrective, you should never share them with your friends. Colored lenses may seem as innocuous as makeup, especially if they are not made to correct your vision and you’re using them only to switch up your look. However, sharing contact lenses can transmit microorganisms that can lead to severe infections. Besides, your lenses may be completely wrong for your friend – so don’t borrow anyone else’s lenses, either.
- Anyone who can wear contact lenses can wear colored contact lenses
People approach using contact lenses in different ways. Some people want to wear their lenses just for one day and throw them out; others want to keep their contacts for a couple of weeks before discarding. Some people have “normal” eyes and others have astigmatism, or an imperfection in the curvature of the eye. There are cosmetic colored contact lenses for all types of eye shapes and prescriptions.