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Are Colored Contacts Right for You?

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Colored contact lenses allow you to change your eye color, in an effect that ranges from subtle to vibrant. They're available in both prescription and non-prescription form, allowing anyone to change the color of their eyes. At Prudhomme Vision, our optometrist can fit you with contact lenses in a range of colors, from natural to outrageous.

The Types of Colored Contacts

Not all contact lenses do the same job. The colored part of your eye, the iris, is made up of many colors. The black center of your eye is where the vision takes place, and it's the pupil. Colored contacts leave the center of each lens clear, to make sure your vision isn't impaired. Depending on the look you want, you'll need a different type of lens.

  • Contact lenses with a visibility tint are barely colored a light blue or green. They won't change the color of your eyes at all. If you've ever dropped your lens on a sink covered in water drops, you'll appreciate the idea behind a lens that's not clear like water

  • Lenses with an enhancement tint are for those who like the color of their eyes, but who want to make the color deeper or richer. Our eye doctor recommends these lenses for those who aren't sure what color of contact they want to wear. They'll make your brown eyes browner, your green eyes more like emeralds, and your blue eyes more like the sky or water

  • Contacts with an opaque tint will change your eye color completely. The tint on these lenses covers your entire iris, hiding the natural color. You can change from dark brown to the lightest blue, or even to unusual colors like violet.

There are also theatrical contacts that turn your eyes into completely unnatural looks. They've been used for years in movies and television shows. Some of the most well-known types are the lenses in Avatar, True Blood, and Twilight. From cat's eyes to pure white, they make great additions to Halloween costumes and for actors in local theater.

Manchester Optometrist Advises on Choosing Contact Lens Color

Not every colored contact lens is good for every color of eye. Those naturally light blue or green eyes look good with tinted lenses, darkening their natural shade. Darker green or gray eyes can change your color while still looking natural. And if you have a cool complexion, a warm light-brown tone can change your look completely.

If you've got naturally dark colored eyes, opaque lenses are your best choice. Pick a honey brown or soft hazel if you want a change while still looking natural. To really make your eyes pop, go for a vivid blue, violet, or green. The darker your skin tone, the more dramatic the look with a bright colored lens.

If you have any questions about contact lenses, or if you're looking for an optometrist in Manchester to fit you with colored contacts, call Prudhomme Vision at 860-644-3364 today.

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