HOW TO CHOOSE COLORED CONTACT LENSES

LEARN HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT COLORED CONTACT LENSES THAT ARE SAFE FOR YOUR EYES AND A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR LOOK
You already know how to choose the perfect shoes, belts and bags to match your outfits. But, do you know how to choose colored contacts that not only coordinate with your look but are also safe for your eyes? While colored contact lenses are a fun way to shake up your style, they are also medical devices that require a prescription from an eye doctor—even if you don’t need vision correction. The Visionworks team lays out everything you need to know about wearing contact lenses and how to choose the right colored contacts for your new look.

COLORED CONTACTS REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION—EVEN IF YOU DON’T NEED VISION CORRECTION
Many people are surprised to learn that colored contact lenses require a prescription from an eye doctor—even if they don’t need vision correction. By definition, all contact lenses are medical devices that must be professionally fitted and prescribed by a licensed eye doctor. If they are not correctly measured and prescribed for a specific wearer, contact lenses can damage the eyes. Never buy costume lenses from an unlicensed source or share contacts with someone else.

If you have 20/20 vision and want to change your eye color, don’t be discouraged. It is possible to get a prescription for non-corrective lenses. Non-corrective colored contacts are a good option for those looking to change their eye color but who don’t need vision correction. For those who do need vision correction, it is simple to order corrective lenses with a desired tint.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CONTACTS
Colored contacts are fun. After all, it is exciting to experiment with new looks and styles. However, contact lenses are more than a fashion accessory. Make sure you are ready for the responsibility of contacts, especially if you don’t need them for vision correction.

LEARN WHAT TO EXPECT
Before browsing the different lens hues available, make sure you know what to expect when wearing contact lenses for the first time. Like anything new, there is an adjustment period. Contact lenses can feel weird during the first few wears—and taking them in and out can be challenging. While it can be fun to change your eye color, contacts aren’t the right choice for everyone.

LEARN HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CONTACTS
When purchasing a new outfit, it is important to read the directions for care and determine if you are up for the task. Wash on the cold cycle? Easy! Dry clean only? Not so much. Just like your favorite clothes, you need to know how to clean contacts properly. Improper care could result in eye irritation or even infections.

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LEARN HOW TO STORE YOUR CONTACTS
Unlike jewelry and belts that you can toss in a drawer, contacts must be carefully stored in a clean contact lens case. Again, colored contact lenses are more than a fashion accessory. They are medical devices that need to be approached with the proper level of care and responsibility.

TYPES OF COLORED CONTACTS
If your eye doctor and you have decided that colored contacts are the right choice for you, you can begin the process of finding the colored contact lenses that match your needs and style. There are two main types of colored contact lens tints available.

ENHANCEMENT LENS TINTS
Enhancement lenses are made for people who want to accentuate their light-colored eyes. This type of lens features a translucent or see-through hue that intensifies the natural color. For example, there are tints available to make blue eyes look even bluer.

OPAQUE LENS TINTS
Opaque lens tints work well for people with dark eyes who want to change their eye color altogether. These non-transparent lenses cover the iris entirely and come in a wide variety of color options.

HOW TO CHOOSE COLORED CONTACTS FOR YOUR NEW LOOK
Here are a few tips for choosing the right colored contacts for your style.

ENHANCE YOUR LIGHT EYES
If you have light eyes, try enhancing contact lenses to play up the colors. This subtle change can make blues look more vivid and greens look richer.

COMPLEMENT YOUR DARK EYES
It may be difficult to pull off a lighter color or use enhancing lenses if you have dark eyes. Instead, try using an opaque lens type and stay natural with hazel, amber or forest green shades.

COORDINATE YOUR HAIR COLOR
If you have difficulty deciding on a shade for your contact lenses, try coordinating your eye color with your hair color. Blonde hair looks great with blue, violet or gray eyes. Red hair pairs well with green and gray eye colors. Hazel and brown work well for brunettes, while green and brown are perfect for black hair.

DEFINE YOUR STYLE
If you need contacts for vision correction, keep in mind that you’ll wear your lenses almost every day. Make sure to define your style and choose a color that works well for all occasions. If you are getting non-corrective prescription contacts, you have more freedom to shake things