Colored contact lenses are not new in this day and age as so many people are using them. But what is usually not known is that there are several varieties to choose from. There are several varieties of colored contact lenses: those with visibility, enhancement and opaque color tints. Plano type contact lenses are the most common, but some are designed specifically for people with impairment in vision like astigmatism. Some people also need bifocal contact lenses, while others prefer using disposable ones rather than the ones that can last longer.
A contact lens with visibility tint is usually available in light blue or green tint. The color is too light for it to change the color of your eyes. If you’re wondering if there is a use for the color addition, there is. Color is added to a lens so that the owner can find it immediately when he drops it or when he has trouble putting it on in the morning. In a sense, only you know that the visibility tint is there.
When the tint is see through and somewhat darker, we call this an enhancement tint. Unlike a visibility tint, an enhancement tint can vary the color of your eyes. However, the effect is not drastic. Adding enhancement tint only means you can make your blue eyes more vivid, or your brown eyes lighter in color. You can do this for a different look, like when you want to try on a different shade for your eyes.
Color tinted contact lenses are done with opaque tints that can completely vary your natural eye color. If you have green eyes, you can erase all hints of green and have brown eyes instead. Opaque lenses are usually available in hazel, green, blue, purple and grey.
Colored contact lenses are designed to look natural. The iris in particular need to be completely covered in color for the look to become authentic. It can be discomfiting looking at someone with an obviously fake eye color. A lot of modern colored contact lenses have tiny colored dots in them to look more natural. But of course, the pupil part will be uncovered so that your vision is clear.
The colored contact lenses used for costume play or in the theatre are usually the opaque contact lenses. Movies that need special effects like Twilight use these special contact lenses to enhance the story. Colored and designed contact lenses are for novelty use, especially those that make a person look like a supernatural being like a vampire.
Color contact lenses are meant to fit over the entire iris, but sometimes the colored portion may slide a bit to the side, making the wearer’s eye look weird. Most of the time, the size of the pupil varies so it may seem weird to look in the eyes of someone wearing contacts under bright light when the pupils become smaller. When it’s dark, the pupil adjusts and becomes bigger, making it difficult to see in the dark if you have opaque contacts.
Never exchange contacts with someone else and always make sure you have your lens solution. Also, don’t touch your eyes too often when wearing contact lenses. A disinfected contact lens is safe, but a pair that has not been cleaned for a few days is unsafe.