Many people wear contact lenses to improve their vision, while others use colored contact lenses to alter the appearance of their eyes. In this article, an eyeglasses and contact lens specialist talks about colored contact lenses, including the available types and possible benefits and drawbacks.
Types of Colored Contact Lenses
A prescription from an eye doctor is required for colored contact lenses. This is because contact lenses are considered medical devices that can potentially harm your eyes if not properly fitted, worn and maintained. The three main types of colored lenses include:
Transparent-tinted lenses: These are uniform-colored lenses that can change the color of your iris.
Computer-generated opaque lenses: Available in a single color or blended colors, opaque lenses cover up your natural eye color. They feature different colors, patterns and pupil sizes on the lens.
Hand-painted custom lenses: These contact lenses can closely match an individual’s natural eye color and can help conceal injuries. These lenses tend to be more expensive than others.
Potential Benefits and Drawbacks
An individual may wear colored contact lenses for several reasons, such as changing their eye color to complement their personal style or match a costume. There are also people who wear colored lenses for medical purposes, such as concealing eye-related problems, such as scars or a ruptured iris. Some evidence reveals that colored contact lenses can also help people who have color blindness.
Common complications of wearing colored contact lenses purchased from drug stores or beauty salons that do not require a prescription include eye pain and discomfort, red and swollen eyes, light sensitivity, vision loss and more. To avoid these complications, or worse, permanent eye damage, it is important to consult a professional to find the right size and type of colored contact lenses for your eyes.
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