Are Colored Contacts Safe? What You Need To Know Before Trying On A New Eye Color  

As summer rolls around, it can be fun to try on a new look — but should colored contacts be a part of your seasonal wardrobe change?

Are Colored Contacts Safe?

In most cases, colored contacts are just as safe as their non-fashion-forward counterparts. Colored contacts are available both in prescription form (just like regular contacts that help you to see better), and plano form (no prescription — just a fun, new look). Both types of colored contacts can be expensive, often far more expensive than regular contacts.

Types of Colored Contacts

In addition to prescription and non-prescription options, there are different style categories for colored contacts as well.

An opaque tinted colored contact lens is the most drastic change from your normal eye color. If you have dark eyes and want to get the look of light eyes, you’ll need this type of lens.

A blending tint starts with an opaque edge on the outside of the iris, gradually fading to a more transparent color toward the pupil. This can create a natural look that still makes a bold statement.

An enhancement tint is usually preferred by people who have blue or green eyes and want to make their natural eye color a bit brighter. On dark eyes, an enhancement tint has little effect.

Do You Need To See an Eye Doctor For Colored Contacts?

If you’ve been looking for colored contacts, you may have noticed them for sale at flea markets or seasonal costume shops. Contacts are considered medical devices in the United States and are regulated by the FDA. It’s illegal for vendors to sell contact lenses that haven’t been prescribed by a doctor.

While purchasing contact lenses from a costume shop may seem like a fun idea, wearing lenses that haven’t been prescribed by a doctor can have long-lasting negative consequences for your eyes.

Ready For Colored Contacts?

If you’re thinking that you’d like to switch up your look with colored contacts, reach out to your eye doctor. If you’ve had a contact lens exam recently, you may not need to make a new appointment to get a prescription for colored lenses. If you’ve never worn contacts before, or if it’s been a while since your last contact lens exam, your eye doctor will need to see you for an appointment to measure your eyes and ensure that your bright new contacts fit properly.