Color contacts are a type of cosmetic contact lens. There are three types of colored contacts: color tints, enhancement tints, and visibility tints. They are available in a non-corrective option, but these lenses are also available for those with vision deficiencies such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or for those who need bifocals. Color contacts are also available in a disposable option. Some consumers want color contacts because they feel it would improve their look, make them look smarter, or to look more dramatic.
The only drawback to color contacts is that they have the potential to limit your vision. The only non-color portion of a color contact is the very center where the pupil is allowed to see. Sometimes a contact lens can move around a bit, like when blinking, and cause your vision to be partially obscured. Also if you are out at night or in a dark room, your pupil can expand about the size of the sight opening in a colored contact which will cause your vision to be partially obscured. Visibility tints do not effect the wear's vision at all.
How to Get Color Contacts
Everyone needs a prescription to buy color contact lenses. Because of the fact that there are differences in everyone's eyes, an optometrist must makes measurements of your eyes in order for your contacts to fit properly. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) contacts that are not fitted correctly have the potential to cause eye injuries such as blindness. Only after obtaining a prescription can you order color contacts.
These are the contacts that will completely change the coloration of you eyes because the tints are opaque. The coloration can be dispersed in patterns of solid colors or in tiny dots to replicate the naturalness of the eye. This type of color contact lens is recommended for those who wish to change their eye color completely, especially if you have dark eyes naturally. Color tints are available in a wide variety of colors such as blue, green, violet, hazel, etc. Special effects contacts, or Halloween contacts, would fall into this category as the colors and patterns on them are fully opaque.
Enhancement tints are still a solid color and can change your eye color. However, it is on the see-through side as far as tints go. Contacts with enhancement tints are meant exactly they sound, to enhance your natural eye color. In that sense it does change the color but not to the degree that color tinted contacts do. Enhanced color contacts will make light blue eyes dark blue. They will not make brown eyes blue though.
Any contact that is not color tinted or enhancement tinted will have a visibility tint. Usually this tint is a very light blue color. The function of a visibility tint is to make a contact lens visible while cleaning it or while it is in a storing solution. Or in the unfortunate case that you drop a contact lens, the visibility tint will help you to find it on the counter or floor.