Coloured contact lenses: an easy way to enhance your appearance

Coloured contact lenses: try something new!

For anyone who has ever dreamed of having a different eye colour, coloured contact lenses offer a fast and effective way to transform your appearance. They are a temporary option that can have a dramatic result and there are a variety of options to choose from, including both natural-looking designs and special effects lenses. Coloured contacts are a popular choice for those wishing to make a fashion statement and they also offer the ideal finishing touch to a fancy dress costume. They are also commonly used in plays and films, enabling actors to play blue-eyed heroes or bloodshot monsters, no matter what their natural eye colour.

How to select the right cosmetic lenses

When choosing coloured lenses, the first thing you'll need to decide is the shade that you're looking for. The natural colour of your eyes does not matter in this decision and you can choose from subtle options like green, blue, hazel and brown, or more striking tones like bright blue or violet. Most coloured contact lenses are generally designed to match the natural appearance of the iris, incorporating small lines and dots to create a graduated and varied effect.

Most standard (non coloured) contact lenses come with a ` visibility tint`, which is usually a light blue or green tint added to a lens, solely to help you see it better during insertion and removal — or if you drop it. Since it`s a very light tint, it does not affect eye colour, or your perception of the world at all.

Coloured contact lenses have been designed to mimic the natural iris pattern, by using a multitude of coloured dots on the contact lens which makes it more natural. The centre part of the lens, covering the pupil, is left clear on purpose so that it does not affect how you see.

The pattern and intensity of the dots governs the appearance of the lenses on your eye.

Freshlook ColorBlendsA good example of a lens that can alter the colour of a lighter coloured eye, or enhance the colour of a darker eye is Freshlook Colorblends, which use a combination of three iris patterns to create the overall effect. This lens is by far our most popular coloured lens and you can see how other customers rate this lens in Freslook Colorblends Reviews.

Another example, by the same company Alcon, is Air Optix Colors - here the same 3 in 1 technology has been used as Freshlook Colourblends, but the material has been updated by including silicone, to create stunning colours and a contact lens that allows up to 6 times more air to the eye than a standard soft lens.

If you want a more dramatic effect, for example to change a brown eye blue, you could try Freshlook Colours, Soflens Natural Colours, or Expression Colors.

Freshlook Dimensions and Expression Accents are great coloured lenses for enhancing or changing light eye colours for a beautiful natural look. Tip: Freshlook Dimensionsthese lenses tend not to make any difference to naturally dark eyes.

Whichever coloured lenses you choose, have fun!

If you're looking for even more dramatic designs, special effects lenses are a great choice. Spirals, dollar signs and St George flags are all available, as well as lenses modelled on movie characters or other creatures - for example, cats, lizards, zombies and vampires.

The options available

As well as the colour and design of your contact lenses, you'll also need to decide on how long you want the lenses to last and how often you wish to remove them for cleaning. Disposable contact lenses are manufactured from special materials that allow oxygen to permeate through the lens to the surface of the eye. Depending on the type of material used to manufacture the contacts, they can be worn for a single day, for example Freshlook 1 Day coloured lenses, or even a month without being removed. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as wearing a pair of disposable lenses for longer than they were designed to be used can result in infections or other problems. Of course, if you require corrective coloured contact lenses, you'll want to ensure you get a pair that caters for your vision correction needs. Options available include lenses that treat myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. If your vision is perfect, you can get plano lenses, which don't provide any correction at all.

Getting coloured contact lenses

No matter what kind of lenses you're looking for, you should first get a thorough eye examination. Your eye care professional will determine whether you need prescriptive lenses and they can also discuss the different options to ensure that your eyes stay healthy and comfortable. Once you're ready to start shopping, is the perfect choice. Our website makes it easy for you to make a purchase from the comfort of home and we offer a fabulous range of contacts for you to choose from.