An Eye-Catching Fashion Statement
Whether you're making a fashion statement – or seeking therapeutic benefits – colored contact lenses are worth considering. Tinted lenses have dye incorporated into the lens material that can subtly – or radically – chance the appearance of your eyes.
At the extreme end of the style scale, cosmetic contact lenses
have gained a certain popularity. These lenses have no therapeutic value – the lenses themselves are without power. Their sole purpose is to make a fashion statement. Eyes can be colored or radically altered to reflect different and unusual colors or shapes (such as cats eyes) - or even the logo of your favourite sports team!
However, most wearers of colored or tinted contacts are combining the health benefits of therapeutic lenses with fashion. Tinted therapeutic lenses – as with their non-tinted varieties - can aid in the treatment or correction of non-refractive eye disorders
. So it's not just about looking great!
Types of Tinted Lenses
There are two types of tinted lenses. Color Enhancement Contact Lenses
are designed to enhance the color of the iris. They can intensify that color or alter the hue, but not change the actual color. On the other hand, the tinted portion of Opaque Lenses does not allow light through and so will completely change the color of the eye. They're the ones that turn blue eyes brown, or hazel… or, in the case of those non-therapeutic cosmetic lenses – let the world know you are a diehard fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs!
Whichever type is chosen, the tinted lenses are as safe as regular uncolored lenses. The dyes used have been tested for tissue compatibility and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The color will fade over time, though in all likelihood not before the lenses have been replaced.
Some tinted lenses can reduce glare by reducing the amount of light hitting the eye. However, contact lenses currently available do not take the place of sunglasses that fully block ultra violet rays. And contact lenses are only protecting the cornea and retina – not the other portions of the eye.
The Health of Your Eyes is Paramount
The health of your eyes is the first concern in the purchase of tinted lenses. An eye care professional
will ensure the compatibility of the lenses with the eye, and the best type of lens. The professional will take into account the duration of use, and a replacement schedule. It may sound like obvious advice – but it is imperative to follow the instructions that come with that fitting. Don't over-wear your contacts and replace them according to the schedule you are given. That replacement schedule will depend on the type of contacts you choose - there are a variety of options from extended wear to disposable. Your trusted professional will recommend eye care products and it is advisable again to adhere to these recommendations.
As with regular contacts, your tinted lenses will provide better vision than prescription glasses. Your peripheral vision will be enhanced and some of the irritants of prescription glass use will be erased. No more glasses falling off in sports, steaming up or becoming rain-soaked. And the uniqueness of your eyes will be accentuated in a way that regular glasses can never achieve!