Of course, you don’t need to wear corrective lenses to be able to wear colored contacts. Celebrities have been using them for years to give themselves a fresh look. As technology has progressed colored contacts are more comfortable and affordable than ever before and, therefore, more accessible to anyone. In the February 2009 issue of International Prescribing, contact lens prescribing trends throughout 2008 were analyzed in over 27 countries. Overall, colored contact lenses make up 5% of all lenses prescribed.
Of course, colored contact lenses were not always so popular or affordable. It was only after 1971, when the first soft contact lenses were commercially produced, that colored contacts came into use. In the 1980’s, enhancement lenses became widely available, and not long after this, opaque lenses hit the market too. As developments in corrective wear lenses have progressed, so too have colored contacts. Today, contact lenses allow a high percentage of oxygen exchange with the cornea, allowing for healthier eyes compared to contact lenses of early times. That makes for much more comfortable lenses.
There are two main types of color contact lenses available to change your eye color. The enhancement tint, used to intensify your natural eye color or give a hint of another color, is most suitable for light-colored eyes. Opaque tint lenses completely change the color of your eyes, and are the best option for dark colored eyes. The most popular colors worn are, in order of preference: green and blue, hazel and gray, followed by violet and then brown.
Now, just like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, you, too, can wear colored lenses to completely change your look or match an outfit. So, next time you go out, don’t forget to accessorize—with a new shade of eyes!
About the Author:
Mike Walker is an editor with Lensshopper, an online vendor for contact lenses. Lensshopper offers an advanced search tool to enable customers to find a variety of contact lenses that match their unique requirements as well as comparison pricing to allow shoppers the find the least expensive contacts on the market. For more information go to http://www.lensshopper.com/.