I love colored contacts! I love being able to switch things up and try different colors. Back in the day, I remember graduating from glasses to contact lenses. Back then I was afraid of the whole idea of having to put something in your eye, it took awhile for me to be able to learn how to put them in but, I was able to do it. Nowadays, there are contact lens applicators that are suppose to make the whole contact lens application process easier. I’ve never tried them though maybe I will have to check it out but I would definitely suggest it for someone who is having some issues with lens application.
So…as I stated earlier I graduated from glasses to contacts; Meaning that my lenses are prescription lenses, and I need them in order to see faraway. They are customized for my eyes which actually helps in giving a more natural look and a comfortable feel. Many people may not need colored contact lenses to see but just want to wear them for beauty. As a result, they end up going to their local beauty supply store and just grabbing one of those “one size fits all contacts”.
In fact, it is illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription in the United States. All contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. Retailers that sell contacts without a prescription are breaking the law, and may be fined $11,000 per violation.
There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” contact lens. Lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch the eye or cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea. Even if you have perfect vision, you need to get an eye exam and a prescription from an eye-care professional in order to wear any kind of contact lens.
What you need to do:
◦Get an eye exam from a licensed eye care professional such as an ophthalmologist — an eye medical doctor — who will measure each eye and talk to you about proper contact lens care.
◦Obtain a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and expiration date.
◦Purchase the colored contact lenses from an eye product retailer who asks for a prescription.
◦Follow the contact lens care directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses.
◦Never share contact lenses with another person.
◦Get follow up exams with your eye care provider.
If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses and seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist.
What lenses do I use ?
I currently use Air Optix colored contact lenses. I have nothing but good things to say about these lenses. One of the reasons why I love these lenses is the fact that they are monthly contact lenses and I can keep them for a whole month which is great. In the past I use to wear daily contacts that I had to dispose of after wearing them for just a day.
Air Optix colored contact lenses feature a wide range of colors for people of all skin tones. My favorite colored lenses are gemstone, Sterling gray, and honey. I plan on trying more colors as time goes on but for I have stuck to these colors. I get a ton of compliments when I wear these lenses they look really natural. I usually order them through 1-800-CONTACTS.
All in all, color contacts are a fun way to switch things up and give yourself a new look. But if you plan on doing so just make sure you are going about it in a safe manner.