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A guide to wearing coloured contact lenses

Coloured contact lenses are fast becoming a popular fashion accessory. With the rise in bright and bold eyeshadows, coloured contacts are the next step for those wishing to transform their look.

While coloured contact lenses are easy to use, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to guarantee you find the best contacts to suit you, and how to take good care of them. To help, we’ve put together a list of top tips.

A beginner’s guide to coloured contact lenses

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Choosing the right coloured contacts for you

Coloured contact lenses are designed to enhance or transform the natural look of the iris. We stock opaque and tinted coloured contact lenses. For a radical change, we recommend opaque contact lenses - they can even turn dark brown eyes to blue!

If you want a subtler change, tinted contact lenses (also known as colour enhancers) may be the best option for you, as they intensify your natural eye colour, rather than transforming it completely. Please note: colour enhancers are typically made for people with naturally light eyes, as their subtle tint will not stand out on dark eyes.

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Choosing the right coloured lens prescription

When wearing contact lenses, you shouldn’t be able to feel them at all. To make sure they’re comfortable, you need to take note of your contact lens prescription, which has the correct base curve (BC), diameter, and type of lens you should be wearing.

Before you buy your lenses, you should always make sure that you have a current, valid prescription. If you’ve not had an eye test or consulted your optician in the last two years, it’s recommended you pay them a visit.

If you’re new to contact lenses, your optician will be happy to provide you with a lens specification once they’ve completed your fitting. You might have to return to your optician for more than one follow-up visit so they can fully complete the fitting. But believe us when we say it’s worthwhile ensuring you get the right fit.

If you’re lucky enough to enjoy 20/20 vision, you can still buy cosmetic coloured contact lenses with no corrective purpose. These are called plano lenses. When ordering, choose power 0.00, which ensures that your lenses will be purely cosmetic. Remember, it is still advised that you see an optician to ensure you’re getting the right fit for your eyes.

Top tips for taking care of your coloured contacts

  • Wash and dry your hands before handling your lenses.
  • Clean your contact lenses with solution after taking them out.
  • Store them in a contact lens case with fresh solution (unless they’re daily disposables)
  • Never share your contacts with others!
  • Insert your lenses before applying makeup and remove them before taking makeup off.
  • Only use your lenses for the length of time recommended by your optician.

Whether you’re looking for coloured contact lenses to complete a fancy-dress outfit or you’re just looking for something to freshen up your look, we hope these simple steps are helpful for you.