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Colored contact lenses: 8 tips from experts

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1. What are cosmetic and decorative lenses and how do they differ?

Cosmetic contact lenses are made primarily for temporary changes in appearance, eye decoration, i.e. for cosmetic effects.

Depending on the degree of the effect achieved, they are divided into colors and tints. Colored lenses usually radically change the color of the iris, while tinted lenses enhance or shade the existing natural color.

It all depends on the effect you want to achieve. Translucent colored lenses and lenses that enhance the natural color of the iris look the most natural to the eye.

Decorative lenses (club lenses, carnival lenses, theater lenses) are lenses that have nothing to do with health, are designed for special events and are not suitable for everyday use. As a rule, these are lenses of bright colors – red, black, yellow, striped, imitating the eyes of reptiles, monsters, aliens, etc.

2. Who needs colored lenses?

It all depends on what effect you want to achieve, how radically you want to change the color.

It should be noted that light eye colors are much easier to change than dark ones.

So people with light eyes have a lot more options to try on. Conversely, if you have dark brown eyes, you can only achieve a light shade by using lenses that have a dense pattern that completely overlaps the natural color of the iris. Sometimes these lenses do not look very natural.

The best way to see how these lenses will look on your eyes is to come into the salon and try them on.

3. Is it true that colored lenses that radically change eye color are noticeable and look unnatural?

Each person’s appearance is very individual, and the naturalness of your lenses depends largely on whether they are properly selected and whether the color you choose suits you. For example, purple lenses may suit someone very well, but this eye color does not exist in nature. If some lenses don’t work for you, try other lenses. There are many options.

4. Are there lenses that won’t change your eye color, but will make your eyes sparkle and shine?

The best way to describe “compound” lenses is that they are designed to simultaneously correct certain aberrations, such as nearsightedness or astigmatism. Speaking of colors, one of the current trends among manufacturers is to make colored contact lenses look as natural as possible.

To do this, it is necessary to apply not only 1 color, not even 2 or 3, but iris, edge, etc. to the pattern.

It is also worth noting that colored contact lenses do not affect the color of perception of the surrounding world, since the center is transparent. But there is one nuance: if the pupil of the eye is dilated, the transparent area may not be enough, subjectively a person will feel visual discomfort. For this reason, it is not recommended to use colored lenses in the dark or while driving.

5. Are there any special considerations and care for colored lenses?

All contact lenses should be stored and cared for properly. When you choose your lenses, your optician will tell you how to care for lenses made of different materials. Your optician will also tell you how to put on and take off your lenses, as well as any special considerations you may have when wearing them.

6. Can I wear lenses without taking them out for too long?

All soft contact lenses are designed to be worn for a certain period of time, which is indicated on the package or in the detailed product description.

For those of you who have never used contact lenses before, the wearing time is either the time you open the blister (the blister is a single cell containing the lens) or the calendar period of lens use.

contact lenses7. Is there a fashion for colored lenses?

Unlike cosmetics, which can quickly change a person’s face, colored lenses are capable of radical changes. After all, a person’s eyes are the “mirror of the soul. “If you look at glossy magazines, you’ll see that plastic surgery and braces can’t take away the years from celebrities whose eyes look pale and discolored. On the contrary, the bright, vibrant look of the eyes inevitably makes you think, “This person is just adorned with years.

I would like to point out that colored and tinted lenses are available with or without diopters. Thus, it is easy to combine contact lens correction (nearsightedness, farsightedness) and cosmetic effects.

I would like to remind you that contact lenses, regardless of their purpose, are medical devices. In addition to the dioptres, they differ in the material they are made of, the wearing time, oxygen transmission rate, moisture content, it is also important to choose the correct diameter and radius of curvature of contact lenses.

Before you wear contact lenses for the first time, you should consult an optician who will help you choose the parameters you are comfortable with.

8. A Guide to Colored Contact Lenses

So what happens if you want to try colored contact lenses? Make sure you see an eye doctor. He or she will check your vision and determine the individual eye parameters needed to prescribe contact lenses: diameter, radius of curvature, and recommended lens type. If you do not do this, you run the risk of making a mistake when choosing an over-the-counter lens. In this case, the lens may cause discomfort, slip, fall out, interfere with normal vision, cause redness and inflammation of the mucous membranes.

Please note that an eyeglass prescription is not a contact lens prescription.

Colored lenses are ideal for fashionistas with vision problems: choose contact lenses that combine a corrective effect with a cosmetic one.

Be sure to follow the recommendations for lens usage, application, and care. Use moisturizing eye drops after consulting your doctor. This is especially important for those who spend a lot of time at the computer. If you experience discomfort, redness, or pain in your eyes while wearing contact lenses, discontinue use immediately and consult your eye care professional.