Do you wish you had a different eye color? Maybe you have brown eyes and have always dreamed of having piercing baby blues. Perhaps you're an edgy dresser and think bright red eyes or piercing green ones would add to your look. Colored contact lenses make it possible to wear an eye color that's not your own. But, before you dive into this eye color changing option, it's important to know the basics.
What are the different types of colored contacts?
Colored contact lenses come in prescription and non-prescription types. If your vision needs correcting, you'll want prescription lenses that enhance your vision and change the color of your eyes. If you have 20/20 vision already, you can get contacts that only change your eye color without affecting your vision.
Colored contacts are also classified in terms of how they change your eye color. If you want to change your eye color completely (for instance, if you have brown eyes and want blue eyes), your eye doctor will suggest opaque lenses. These completely block out the natural color of your eye, so all that anyone sees when they look at you is the color of the lens. If you just want to change your eye color slightly (such as from olive to a brighter green), your eye doctor will recommend enhancement tint lenses, which are semi-transparent and just have a bit of tint to alter your eye color somewhat.
Why do you need to go to the eye doctor for colored contacts?
With all of the colored lenses available online from international sellers, you might wonder why you should bother going to the eye doctor for your contacts. The answer is safety. Even if you do not need lenses correct your vision, you need to ensure the lenses you're wearing are the right size. Lenses that are too small or large can lead to eye irritation, injuries, and infections. The only way to ensure you order the right size is to have your eye doctor measure your eyes with special instruments.
Note that once your eye doctor gives you a prescription for the properly sized lenses, you can order online from other reputable retailers in the United States. They will contact your eye doctor to ensure you do, indeed, have a prescription for the size lenses you are ordering.
Are there people who shouldn't wear colored contacts?
Usually, if your eyes are healthy enough for you to wear contacts, they are healthy enough for you to wear colored contacts. If you have had a lot of problems with eye infections in the past, your eye doctor may recommend against wearing contacts of any sort, since they may increase your risk of subsequent infections. If you have issues with eye dryness, you may not be able to wear contacts, either, since they can make eye dryness worse. In mild cases of dryness, your eye doctor may recommend you wear color enhancement lenses only (not opaque colored lenses) since opaque lenses tend to further restrict air flow to the eye and make dryness even worse.
What are the risks involved with colored contacts?
As mentioned above, opaque lenses can impede airflow, leading to dry eye. However, this is usually correctable if you stop wearing lenses. Color enhancement lenses are more breathable and do not usually have as pronounced of a drying effect. As with any type of contact lenses, there is a risk of infection if you do not care for them properly by cleaning them and removing them according to your eye doctor's instructions.
Buying colored contacts on the black market without a prescription online is certainly risky since you don't know if the lenses are sized correctly or made with safe materials. However, most of the risks are mitigated if you buy the colored contacts through your eye doctor or through a reputable retailer who requires a prescription from an eye doctor.
If you're ready for a new eye color, talk to your eye doctor about colored lenses. As long as you obtain and care for them safely, they can be a fun way to express yourself and change your look. Click here to learn more.