Colored contact lenses allow you to change your eye color and create a look that's subtle, bold or anywhere in between. Color contacts are available in both prescription and Plano (non-prescription) forms:
Prescription color contacts correct your myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism, as well as enhancing or completely changing your eye color. Colored contacts are worn purely for cosmetic purposes to change your eye color and have no lens power for vision correction.
Types of Color Contacts in Parker, Colorado
Most colored contact lenses are designed to mimic the natural look of the colored part of the eye, called the iris. Since this area is made up of colorful shapes and lines, some color contacts feature a series of tiny colored dots and colored lines and shapes to help the lenses look more natural on the eye.
The center of the lens, the part that lies over your pupil, is clear so you can see.
Color contacts come in three kinds of tints:
Visibility tint. This usually is a light blue or green tint added to a lens, just to help you see it better during insertion and removal, or if you drop it. Visibility tints are relatively faint and do not affect your eye color.
Enhancement tint. This is a solid but translucent (see-through) tint that is a little darker than a visibility tint. As the name implies, an enhancement tint is meant to enhance the natural color of your eyes. Colored contacts with this type of tint usually are best for people who have light-colored eyes and want to make their eye color more intense.
Opaque tint. This is a non-transparent tint that can change your eye color completely. If you have dark eyes, you'll need this type of color contact lens to change your eye color.
Color contacts with opaque tints come in a wide variety of colors, including hazel, green, blue, violet, amethyst, brown and gray.
Costume or theatrical contact lenses also fall into the category of opaque color tints. Long used in the movies (examples are The Man Who Fell to Earth, Avatar and the Twilight series), these special-effect contact lenses are now widely available for novelty use.
Choosing the Right Color in Parker, Colorado
The contact lens color that will suit you best depends on numerous factors, such as your hair color and skin tone. But, ultimately, it depends on the kind of look you want to achieve — subtle and natural-looking or dramatic and daring. Color contacts for light eyes. If you want to change your appearance but in a more subtle way, you may want to choose an enhancement tint that defines the edges of your iris and deepens your natural color. And if you want to experiment with a different eye color while still looking natural, you might choose contact lenses in gray or green, for example, if your natural eye color is blue.
Custom Tinted Contact Lenses
If you're after a truly individualized look, some contact lens manufacturers specialize in creating custom color tints for both prescription and non-prescription contact lenses. Custom-made tints are created from a variety of colors in varying densities. Customized color lenses typically are semi-translucent, creating a natural-looking appearance. They can even camouflage a congenital eye defect or eye injury, or mimic the appearance of a healthy pupil. Custom-tinted contacts aren't just for cosmetic reasons. Color tints are increasingly popular among professional athletes to increase their visual performance. Key benefits of "sport tint" contact lenses are reduced glare, enhanced contrast sensitivity and heightened depth perception. A green tint, for example, can enable a tennis player to see the ball more clearly on the court.
Are Color Contact Lenses Safe?
Yes, colored contact lenses are safe — as long as your contacts are properly prescribed, used and cared for. It's essential that you visit your eye care professional for a proper contact lens fitting. This will ensure your colored contacts are safe and comfortable and look natural on your eye. Just like regular contact lenses, color contacts are not bad for your eyes if you follow your eye care practitioner's instructions, particularly regarding how long you can wear your contacts and when you should replace your contacts.
If you wear colored contacts only on special occasions, daily disposables are a great option.
Which Color Contact Lenses?
When selecting color contacts, having contact lenses that not only give you that perfect eye color you've always wanted, but that are also comfortable and safeguard the health of your eyes is important.
The new Air Optix Colors Contact Lens is an incredible advance in color contact lens technology. Air Optix uses the most advanced techniques to create a contact lens which is beyond any that came before.
Contact lens breathability is perhaps the most important consideration when choosing which color contacts you will be wearing. The clear part of your eye that helps focus incoming light, called the cornea, has no blood vessels in it, and so must receive oxygen straight from the air. Much like a person, your cornea must 'inhale' oxygen, and 'exhale' carbon dioxide, so putting a contact lens on the eye that does not let enough air in or carbon dioxide out is much like putting a plastic bag over a person's head. It can do a great amount of damage very quickly. Air Optix Colors are superior to other color contact lenses for this reason. They are made from advanced lens materials that offer up to 5 times more lens breathability than other traditional leading brands.
Another brand of colored contact lenses we recommend is 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE contact lenses. These new contact lenses enhance the natural beauty of your eyes with three unique effects for every eye color. Available in Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine.