The idea of there being a simple way to change out the color of your eyes might have sounded like something from a science fiction novel a few decades back. But that was before the invention of colored contacts lenses that make it possible to change your color in the blink of an eye.
Colored contacts are made with vision correction and without
Colored contacts can completely change your eye color, but they can also correct your vision. Just the same as with clear contacts, color contacts can be fabricated to correct:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
“Plano” color contacts are worn by people for cosmetic reasons only, to change eye color without any lens power or vision correction.
What kind of transformation are you looking for?
The options in color contacts are practically infinite, and you can find something to suit your fancy, whether it’s subtle or dramatic. Most colored contact lenses are designed to mimic the natural appearance of your iris (the colored part of the eye).
Your iris is made up of many colorful shapes and lines, and certain color contact styles feature tiny colored dots and randomly arranged colored lines and shapes so your lenses resemble the natural appearance of the eye.
Color contacts come in three types of tints
- Visibility tint
This is a light blue or green tint that is sometimes added to a lens, just to help you be able to see it better when it’s not in your eye, but doesn’t affect your eye color.
- Enhancement tint
This is a solid, see-through tint that is meant to only enhance the natural color of your eyes.
- Opaque tint
This non-transparent tint can completely change your eye color. They come in a wide variety of colors, including green, hazel, blue, brown, gray amethyst and violet. Costume contacts are also in this tint category, and are often used in film and TV to create everything from aliens to vampires.