Colored contact lenses can serve a variety of funtions, both cosmetic and medical. Read on to learn more about how you can benefit from colored contact lenses.
Colored contact lenses are lenses which are designed to mimic the natural look of the iris (the colored part of the eye). Since the iris is, in fact, made up of colorful shapes and lines, some colored contact lenses mimic this to give an even more authentic look. Of course, the center of the lens, which covers the pupil, is clear so the wearer can actually see through them.
Colored contact lenses can be used for several reasons, from wanting to enhance one’s natural eye color to changing it completely.
When people think of colored contact lenses, cosmetic uses often come to mind first. This includes lenses for costumes or for simply enhancing one’s appearance.
There are medical uses for colored contact lenses as well. People who have eye injuries or scars can opt for colored contacts to cover up the damage. There is also some evidence that colored contact lenses can help people with dyschromatopsia (color blindness). One study found that wearing red contact lenses let participants better identify the color green in tests.
Additionally, colored contacts that correct astigmatism are also available.
There are a few different types of tints that can be included in color contacts (in addition to the base color).
Because of their use in costuming, this type of lens is now available for novelty use, and are available without prescriptions in them.
Colored contacts are perfectly safe for your eyes, if you buy quality lenses from retailers who comply with FDA guidelines.
It is important to note that even if you don’t need or want a prescription in them (such lenses are often referred to as “plano” contacts), you still have to have an eyecare professional write a prescription for colored contacts.
This is because all contact lenses are regulated by the FDA as Class II or Class III medical devices. When seeking to purchase this type of contact lens, beware of sites allowing you to purchase them without a prescription. It may mean that the health and safety of the wearer’s eyes is not a priority to the retailer, and that their lenses are of a lower quality. It is also illegal. Saving a bit on cheaper lenses for a costume isn’t worth potentially damaging your eyes.
When you properly purchase colored contact lenses, you will also be able to better ensure a proper fit.
If you purchase quality lenses through an eye doctor’s office (and with a contact lens exam, if needed), they are perfectly safe for your eyes.
When used improperly or made of low quality materials, however, colored contact lenses (as with any sort of contact lens) can lead to temporary or permanent eye damage.
If you experience symptoms such as redness, eye pain, eye irritation, light sensitivity, or vision issues, remove your contact lenses immediately and consult our eye care professional.
As with anything relating to your eyes, it is best if you consult with your eye care professionals before purchasing and using colored contact lenses. They can advise you on what brands are best for you, and alert you of any risks to your eyes.
Colored contact lenses may be most often worn for cosmetic purposes, but they can provide some medical benefits at times. As with any other eyewear, you are best off purchasing colored contact lenses--whether for a medical reason or for recreational use--from trained professionals, to ensure you get safe, quality lenses.