Fall is fashion season. Soon our fashion sense will be putting on the ritz when invitations to seasonal costume parties or homecoming celebrations arrive in the mail. If you are a prolific shopper and can’t wait to browse the racks looking for that perfect autumn ensemble, plan ahead to add one dazzling accessory that is on your must-have shopping list: colored contact lenses.
After all, what good is a slinky cat costume without real cat eyes? How can you dress like an autumn temptress without the aid of mind-blowing colored lenses? The simple answer is: you can’t. That’s why early planning and a trip to your eye doctor’s office needs to get placed on your social schedule before the coveted steamy blue lenses or piercing green contact lenses you desire can be yours. Colored contact lenses are fun. Modern soft contacts are comfortable to wear. However, you do need to be mindful that colored contact lenses are considered a medical device. You cannot obtain a pair of colored contact lenses on a whim or the night before. In order to ensure a proper fit, and to wear colored contact lenses safely, you need to get a doctor’s prescription for them.
Once you have a prescription, your choices in colored contact lenses are really quite endless. Before you shop for specialty contact lenses, it is best to know the difference between the different types of tinted contact lenses.
• Visibility tints – It stands to reason if you have a vision problem in the first place, it is hard to see a contact lens. That is why many doctors will prescribe a visibility tint to a contact lens. The tint simply assists the person who wears the contacts into being able to see them clearly enough to insert them into the eye. Visibility tints do not change eye color and they do not enhance eye color. If you want a change in your eye look, do not choose a visibility tint.
• Enhancement tints – Enhancement contact lenses are translucent. Enhancement lenses are the perfect choice for someone who wants to simply enhance their glance. People with light-colored eyes who want a deeper or brighter color, often choose an enhancement contact lens.
• Opaque Color Tints – Opaque color contact lenses tints are sometimes referred to as color tinted contact lenses. These colored tints are the best choice if you want to alter your eye color. Even dark eyes can be altered by specialty color tinted contact lenses. Color tints are manufactured in deeper opaque solid colors. Small lines or a series of small dots are added to the opaque colored contact lens to make the iris more realistic looking. These types of intricate opaque color tints are on the outside of the pupil. The pupil area is left clear so that the individual wearing the contact can still see clearly.
The color choices and looks of opaque contact lenses seem to be endless. Worn often in movies that require special effects, these unique lenses are available in many variations and even cat eyes, vampire eyes and albino contacts have made their way to the retail market. Of course, if you’re looking for solid colors, opaque lenses can change your eye color to green, blue, violet, amethyst or gray.
I Have An Astigmatism. Can I Still Wear Opaque Color Tinted Contacts?
Yes. Many of the colored contact lenses on the market come in a form known as plano. These color contacts can be worn by people who experience astigmatism or have a need for a bifocal correction.
What Is The Difference Between Colored Contact Lenses and Regular Contact Lenses?
Colored contact lenses do have a slight disadvantage when compared to regular contact lenses. Opaque color contact can sometimes cover the pupil of the eye. The pupil of the eye is constantly adjusting depending on lighting and environmental conditions. Sometimes an eye pupil will enlarge and the opaque colored contacts lens covers the pupil. This mishap happens mostly during the evening when the pupil is adjusting to dimmer lighting. This is why colored contact lenses in opaque colors are normally considered for special occasions and not everyday wear.
Can’t remember a time when your significant other was mesmerized by your icy stare? Make a dramatic change to the window of your soul. There are many different levels of tinted lenses that will go great with your holiday outfit, so shop now!