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What Coloured Contact Lenses Should I Get?

There is a huge demand today for coloured contact lenses. Unlike corrective contact lenses, usage of this type is a purely personal choice. Having decided to look trendy and maybe surprise your friends and family, the next question is - what kind of contacts should you buy? There are many factors which decide this, depending on why you want them.

Cosmetic Enhancement

This is the most well-known reason for wanting to wear coloured contact lenses. Favored by the younger generation, these lenses can do wonders to the personality of a person. Colors such as green, brown, turquoise, blue, hazel, gray and so on are available.

Theatrical Requirements

Any horror movie buff will be familiar with the eerily-coloured eyes of their favorite horror artistes. coloured contact lenses are used frequently in horror movies for special effects.

Sports Aids - Coloured Contacts

Some sportspeople claim that using coloured lenses actually help them see better under certain circumstances. For example, baseball players claim that they experience sharper vision by using amber contact lenses.

Choosing Your Color

There are three types of coloured contact lenses - enhancement, color and visibility tints. These are named according to the degree of coloured tint that is applied and can range from transparent to semi-opaque and opaque.

The choice of coloured contact lenses should blend in with the personality of the person. If you are a pretty blonde woman with black eyes, you may like to try out a pair of sky-blue lenses to give you that innocent, stunning look.

Or maybe you would like to go all exotic with those slinky grey-green contacts to give you an edge over all the other women around.

If you are a guy with boring, black irises, then why not go brown to give some intensity to your style?

Nowadays hair dyeing is in vogue, so people might like to wear coloured contacts to suit the color of their hair.

Precautions to take

Listed below are a few precautions to take while going in for coloured contact lenses:
  • Make a decision only in consultation with a qualified ophthalmologist. Make sure that you have a valid prescription - even purchasing of lenses without vision correction should be done on the basis of a prescription, an exception being that of Canada, where they are considered cosmetic.
  • Insist on branded products, because, they come with a guarantee and technical literature.
  • Make sure that the lenses are manufactured in compliance with your national health and safety agency, for example the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S.
  • Do not be swayed by offers of cheap lenses. There is a huge grey market for cheap contact lenses, especially the coloured variety; most of the sales being online. Your eyesight is one of the most valuable assets you possess, so do not jeopardize it for the sake of saving a bit of money.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you will be able to change the way you look without risking your eyes.

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