Pros and Cons of Colored Contacts

What are Colored Contacts?

Colored contacts are contact lenses that change your eye color. For example, by wearing a pair of colored contacts, brown eyes can appear to be blue instead. Color contacts vary on how dramatic the effects are, and there are three main tints to choose from: Visibility, enhancement, and opaque. Visibility tint is usually a light blue or green and is very subtle. Enhancement tint only makes your natural eye color more intense, rather than actually changing the color of the eye. The opaque tint is the tint that does completely change the eye color. This tint can make those with darker eye colors much lighter.

There is no real medical need for color contacts. They are purely for aesthetic purposes. However, you can still order prescription colored contacts so that your eyes are corrected by the lenses and their color is altered.

Who Wears Them?

Anyone can decide to wear colored contacts, even if they do not need corrective lenses. Changing your eye color is a fun way to present yourself differently, or to just make your eyes stand out. Colored contacts are also commonly seen for theatrical purposes and for events. These contacts allow for people to get creative and become a character, such as a vampire with red eyes. Thus, these lenses are worn daily by the average person and also for special events.

The Cons

Before getting into a pair of colored contacts,  you must make sure they are right for you. The first thing to be aware of is that color contacts can be more prone to drying out. It is very important to consult with your eye doctor to be properly fitted into the right color contacts before going out to buy some. It should also be noted that colored contacts should be treated like regular contacts when it comes to their care. Use contact solution, wash your hands before putting them in, do not wear them too long, and never share them with someone else. Failing to properly wear colored contacts can lead to an eye infection and other serious problems. Lastly, color contacts do not always give you the desired result. Using the opaque tinted lenses do the best at completely altering color, but they can blur your vision and they look less natural. For the most comfortable and natural colored contacts, it is usually recommended to choose a contact closest to your natural color.

The Pros

Those who do find a pair of colored contact lenses that work for them can experience more confidence and it adds an element of fun to their lifestyle (plus, colored contacts are not any more of a health risk than regular contacts are). Color contacts give you room to be creative and achieve a look that suits you. Even if your eye color is not completely altered, it can be enhanced and give your eyes a more piercing effect. Plus, color contacts can still be ordered with a prescription so that the user gets the best of both worlds – improved vision and style!