About Colored Contact Lenses

Know little about contact lenses? Just read the information below, and then you will get what you want.

What’s colored contacts?

Colored contacts allow you to change your eye color in ways that are subtle, bold, or anywhere in between. A prescription is required for colored contact lenses whether you need vision correction. 

  • Prescription colored contacts change your eye color and also correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. 
  • Non-prescription colored contacts change your eye color only. They have no lens power to correct vision problems. (These are also called Plano colored contacts.)

Regardless which type of colored contacts you want or need, a professional fitting and a contact lens prescription from a licensed eye doctor is required.

Types of colored contacts

Most colored contact lenses are designed to mimic the natural look of the colored part of the eye, called the iris.

Since this area is made up of colorful shapes and lines, some color contacts feature a series of tiny colored dots and radially arranged colored lines and shapes to help the lenses look more natural on the eye. Colored contacts come in several kinds of tints:

Visibility tint/Relatively faint and do not affect your eye color.
This is usually a light blue or green tint added to a lens, just to help you see it better during insertion and removal, or if you drop it.

Enhancement tint/Best for people who have light-colored eyes.
This is a solid but translucent (see-through) tint that is a little darker than a visibility tint. As the name implies, an enhancement tint is meant to enhance the natural color of your eyes to make the eye color more vibrant.

Blending tints/Allows a more natural-looking new eye color.

These color-blending contacts are designed with tints that become gradually more opaque from the outside edges in, which allows a more natural-looking new eye color.

Opaque tint/Best for novelty use and people who have dark eyes.
This is a non-transparent tint that can change your eye color completely. Color contacts with opaque tints come in a wide variety of colors, including hazel, green, blue, violet, amethyst, brown and gray.

Costume or theatrical contact lenses also fall into the category of opaque color tints. Long used in the movies, these special-effect contact lenses are now widely available for novelty use. You can temporarily transform yourself into an alien, goth or vampire, to name a few.

Are color contact lenses safe?

Yes, colored contact lenses are safe — as long as your contacts are properly fitted, worn and cared for.

It's essential that you see an eye doctor for a proper contact lens exam and fitting. This will ensure your color contacts are safe and comfortable and look natural on your eye.

Color contact lenses dos and don'ts

Whether you are wearing color contact lenses for a new look, a Halloween costume or a role in a theatrical production, these dos and don'ts will help keep your eyes free of infections.

DON'T share your contact lenses.
As fun as it may sound, never swap colors with your friends. Contact lenses are medical devices and are fitted to the specifications of each person's eyes.
Exchanging lenses also can transmit harmful bacteria, which can lead to a serious, vision-threatening eye infection.

DON'T wear your color contacts if your eyes are irritated.

Sore, irritated or red eyes may be a symptom of a contact lens-related eye infection or other serious problem.

DO care for your contact lenses properly.
Colored contacts, like clear contact lenses, must be properly cleaned, disinfected and stored with appropriate lens care products to avoid contamination.

And don't forget to replace your lenses according to your eye care professional's instructions.