Types of Colored Contact Lenses

Colored Contact LensesEver wondered what your brown eyes would look like if they were actually green? Or perhaps you’d hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” play on the radio and wish you could be someone’s brown eyed girl, too.

Now you can.

Colored contacts are a great option for those looking to jazz up their look or even just experiment with their natural features. It’s a unique and safe way to play around with your look.

Many colored contact lenses are available in a variety of options such as in nonprescription form or fully Rx like regular contacts. Nonprescription lenses have no corrective power to them and are ideal for cosmetic use for those who don’t require corrective eye wear.

Before purchasing your colored contacts, here are a few things you should know:

Types of Colored Contact Lenses

Depending on how much of a dramatic change you’re looking for, there are different levels of tinted lenses. There are three types of colored contact lenses:

Visibility tints – 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 colored lens with a visibility tint does not affect your eye color.

Enhancement tints – 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 doesn’t 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.

• Color tints – 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.

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.

If you’re considering wearing contacts, make an appointment with your local optometrist so you can find the right contact lenses for you.

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