Contact lenses can correct many vision problems and offer convenience for someone who doesn’t want to wear glasses. However, these tiny plastic disks can also be used for aesthetic purposes only – basically to change eye color – and voila! You’ve got a whole new look.
There’s a variety of colored contact lenses available in the market and it comes down to your style and how much of a change you’d like:
- Subtle – These slightly enhance the natural color of your eye.
- Color-changing – These lenses are a completely different color from your natural eye color.
- Light filtering – This type is commonly used by athletes because these lenses enhance their vision – like the color of their surroundings and the ball approaching.
- Party lenses – These lenses give the eye a completely different look. Sometimes, even almost of the whole area visible to the naked eye can be changed. Styles are often unnatural or have an unusual color or pattern. These are commonly used in movies or theater.
Important: Only Use FDA-Approved Contacts!
Contact lenses, colored or not, must be fitted by an eye care professional. Since 2005, colored contact lenses are considered to be medical devices and it has since become illegal to sell non-prescription colored lenses.
Keep in mind that you should be cautious when it comes to lenses that you can get without a prescription because you’ll never be sure if they were manufactured and packaged in a sterile environment, if they are FDA approved, or if they’re already damaged even before they get to you.
Anyone getting colored lenses should get their eyes professionally measured and the lenses correctly fitted, especially if it’s their first time. And even though it’s uncommon practice, a follow-up eye exam must be done to check whether the patient is having any issues with the lenses or if there is any damage caused by the lenses. Colored or not, all contact lenses still have the risk to cause harm.
What are the risks of wearing contact lenses?
- allergic reactions
- accumulation of protein on the lenses
- and eye irritation due to improper lens care. Keep in mind that not properly disinfecting contact lenses can cause eye infections, scarring, or worse – blindness.
Wear contact lenses for just a few hours only during the first few days to make sure your eyes do not become irritated. Remember, your eye is still getting used to this new foreign thing attached to it.
If you’re eyes feel itchy or teary at first, that is normal and expected. However, this should improve the longer you are used to wearing contact lenses.
Red flags: If eyes become painful and red, or your vision is cloudy or blurred, remove the lenses immediately. Ideally, have your eyes checked by a doctor.
How to Maintain Contact Lenses
- Wash your hands with a mild soap before handling contact lenses. Make sure to rinse well.
- Clean and rinse lenses only with an approved sterile solution. Do this after taking them out of the case and before putting them in. Don’t use tap was or even bottled distilled or purified water since they are not sterile and have been known to cause eye infections.
- Keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid scratching the lenses.
- Regularly clean your lens case.
- Inspect both lenses for any foreign particles, tears, or damage before applying.
- Insert your lenses before wearing any type of makeup.
- Don’t wear soft lenses when swimming. There is a risk to infect or cause a tear in the lens.
- When you feel your eyes drying out while wearing them, only use re-wetting drops that your eye doctor prescribed.
- Clean and place them in new solution regularly even if you don’t always wear them.
- Disinfect the lenses 24 hours before wearing them.
Our final word – if you’ve seen an eye doctor, had the lenses properly fitted, and followed these simple care instructions, you can expect no problems with wearing your contact lenses.
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