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Eye candy!

No need to settle for the eye colour that you were born with. A pair of contact lenses can change your eyes to almost any shade you like. Contrary to popular belief, contact lenses aren't just for correcting vision. They’re also a way to make a fashion statement. Many people wear colour contacts to change how they look on a daily basis. They might use the lenses to create a dramatic flair or even to match a certain outfit.


Cosmetic contact lenses

Cosmetic or so-called ‘decorative’ contact lenses, solely used to change the eye appearance and without vision correction, continue to be a popular form of cosmetic enhancement. Whether it is to simply make your eyes turn another shade, create the perfect Halloween costume or indulge in the large eyed anime look, colour contact lenses are quite popular among the youth today.


Match the colour with your skin tone

When choosing colour contact lenses, it's important to assess how they look on your eyes. They should be essentially invisible, but outstanding enough to give you the most natural appearance.


Cool skin tone

Do you have cool-toned skin? Then you'll look good with grey, purple or blue contacts, as they'll complement your undertones. Generally, it's recommended for people with this skin tone to go for brightly colour lens colours like turquoise, amethyst and aqua.


Neutral skin tone

Neutral-toned skin ranges from a light brown to a light olive complexion. If you have this skin tone, then you can wear any colour you like! People with this skin tone can rock a wide range of colour choices from brown, honey and hazel, to grey, green and violet.


Warm skin tone

If you have warm skin tone, the best colour contacts for your eyes should have highlights of honey, hazel, brown or light blue. These colours will provide a great contrast with your skin tone.


Selecting a pair of quality cosmetic contact lenses

No matter what colour you get, make sure to take proper care of your contacts. If you've never worn them before, take time to learn how to keep them clean and moistened. Also, follow your eye practitioner's instructions. This is especially so for the type of lenses you should wear and when to replace them.

Dos and don’ts to keep in mind when using colour contact lenses


- Do’s

*Always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses or touching your eye. Use a mild non-cosmetic (oil and fragrance free) soap, and dry your hands with a lint-free cloth or tissues.

*Clean your lenses after removal as indicated by your eyecare practitioner. Use only the recommended solutions.

*Clean your lens storage case in warm soapy water at least once a week. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry using a clean tissue.

* When handling your lenses, work over a clean flat surface. Put the plug in the sink if working over a sink.

*If you drop a lens, clean and rinse before reapplying.

* Remember the importance of good blinking. Regular and complete blinking will help you to keep the lens moist and clean.

*Consult your eye care practitioner if you experience any unexplained redness, persistent pain, discomfort, change in vision, excessive tearing, light sensitivity or unusual eye secretions.

* Discard all solutions one month after opening, even if there is still solution remaining.

*Carry your storage case and solution with you at all times if possible.

* Always keep your spectacles up to date so that you can use them if you lose or break a contact lens if you are wearing them because you have a problem with your sight, or if you are advised not to wear lenses for any period of time.

* Take care or close your eyes when using cosmetics or aerosol sprays, such as hairsprays, while wearing your lenses. Such products may leave a residual film on the lens.

* Use swimming goggles when swimming with contact lenses.

* Wear protective glasses or goggles if you are in any situation where dust, sand grit or other foreign matter could enter your eye, such as bike riding, gardening, sanding or grinding, or working in a dusty environment.

* If you have been in a situation where there was an opportunity for foreign matter to enter your eye, clean and replace your lenses. If you are not sure that you have completely removed any foreign matter contact your eye care practitioner.


- Don’ts

*Continue wearing your lenses if you are unwell.

* Continue wearing your lenses if your eyes are uncomfortable or unusually red.

*Place a lens in your mouth for cleaning or wetting.

* Use tap water to soak or rinse your lenses.

* Rub your eyes vigorously while wearing lenses.

* Mix up your lenses. The best way to avoid this is to always deal with the right lens first, whether inserting or removing, and ensure that it is safely on your eye or in the storage case, before attempting the left.

* Expose your lenses or storage case to undue heat.

- Compiled by  Ruwini Jayawardana


Types of colour  contacts

Opaque lenses: They entirely mask your natural eye colour.

Colour-enhancement tints: These contacts only shade your natural eye colour. For instance, if you have blue eyes, these lenses can lighten or darken your natural eye colour.

Equinox lenses (or circle lenses): They have a dark ring around the iris to bring about a subtle, but dramatic effect. They're particularly effective on light eyes.

Sports-tinted (or custom-tinted) lenses: They're both practical and cosmetic. The choice of colour may reduce glare and heighten depth perception. They're mostly used by athletes.

Theatrical lenses (or cosmetic lenses): These add special effects to your eyes. They're usually worn during special occasions like Halloween. For example, you can get cat eyes, wild eyes or even all-black eyes.

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