Colored contact lenses are well-established as one of today’s most popular fashion accessories. For sure, they’re one of ours – more so particularly right now with Eid Al Adha around the corner! The perfect partner to the rise of bold and bright eyeshadows… from catwalk to sidewalk… everyone is doing it!
Colored contact lenses are oh-so-easy to use, but there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind if you’re going to be sure to find the best contacts for you, and you’ll need to know our top tips on how to take good care of them!
You can wear colored contacts to alter the appearance of your natural eye color, whether or not you need prescription eyewear.
There are two basic types of colored contact lens.
Following an eye exam by your optician (you can take a M TEST in any branch of MAGRABi for free!) you can be prescribed colored lenses to correct near-sightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and irregularly shaped corneas (astigmatism). Corrected vision and the opportunity to enhance or completely change your eye color in one!
You’ve got 20/20 vision? These are the lenses for you! With zero power of vision correction, when used for purely cosmetic purposes they offer the same full palate of options for changing or enhancing the color of your eyes!
Beyond this, it’s good to know how they work, and how they are created in a way that mimics your eyes’ natural look!
The colored part of your eye – the iris – is comprised of many colors… and many shapes. Look closely, and you’ll notice that today’s colored contacts include countless colors dots and a swirl of colourful lines – the combination of these helps give the lenses a natural look when placed on the eye. The center of the lens – the area that cover your iris (essentially, the viewing part of your eye!) is left clear – so the tinted lens doesn’t color your view of the entire world!
Speaking of tints, there are three kinds of tints for colored lenses. One for purely practical purposes, a second to add a slight enhancement to your natural color, and a third to add a dramatic change to your eye color!
Visibility tint: the softest of the color additions to an otherwise clear lens. It won’t change the color of your eyes… but it will make your lenses more visible and easier to handle during insertion, removal and cleaning!
Enhancement tint: darker than a visibility tint, an enhancement tint does exactly what it says by enhancing the natural color of your eyes. These work to great effect on those of us with paler eyes – pale-blue or light-green in particular – as they’ll add a depth and vibrancy to make nature envious!
Opaque tint: perhaps what most people think of when colored lenses come up in conversation. Lenses with an opaque tint can change the color of your eyes COMPLETELY! Dark eyes? These are the lenses to choose when you want to add or change your color! You can choose from a wide variety of colors including blue, green, hazel, brown, grey, violet and more!
Well, who do you want to be today? While the color of lenses you’ll choose may be influenced by your hair color and skin tone, in the end, you’ll be the one to decide whether it’s a time to be daring and bold, or elegant and understated.
There are some basic rules to remember though…
Prescribed, fitted, worn and cared-for correctly, colored contact lenses are an entirely safe way to change your appearance!
The good news is, there are very few reasons why you shouldn’t be wearing colored lenses! Some things to be aware of though include:
It’s question and answer time! Here’s our concise takeaway on colored contact lenses.
Yes! Colored lenses are suitable for everyone. While we recommend taking an eye test anyway (you may be surprised to find you’ll benefit from a slight amount of visual correction, and an eye test can sometimes reveal otherwise hidden eye conditions), special colored lenses are made with zero lens power for those who require no optical correction.
Sadly, no. Sharing lenses may transmit harmful bacteria which could lead to many forms of vision-threatening eye infections. Also, prescription contact lenses are medical devices – they are created and fitted to the specifics of the wearer’s eyes.
The best time to insert your colored (or any) contact lenses is before applying makeup. While there are wise medical and hygiene reasons for this – when you’re going out with colored lenses you’ll be able to finely balance your makeup to match your new eye color! Also, remove your contacts before removing your makeup.
Some lenses last for as little as a single day. Others last for up to two weeks, one month, or a year at a time. Although it is possible to wear your contacts past their replacement date, it is not recommended. Doing so can cause irritation or infections.
There’s nothing specific about colored lenses. All contact lenses must be cleaned correctly, properly disinfected, and safely stored – be sure to use specialized lens care products and avoid cross-contamination.
If your eyes are sore, swollen, red, or if your vision becomes altered, you must stop wearing your lenses immediately and consult your eye-care professional.