If you’re new to the world of circle lenses and colored contacts, things may seem a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot of terminology floating around, and it can be hard to decode.
If you only have a vague idea of what you’re looking for and you’re not sure how to get it, you can find yourself in some pretty frustrating situations sifting through hundreds of pages of colored lenses.
A lot of it has to do with your personal preference, and how you want to look with your colored lenses in. Once you know what your desired effect is, it’s easy to select lenses that will give you a customized look that you’re excited to wear.
Buy From The Right Seller
Before you look too far through a specific website’s colored lenses, make sure it’s a good idea to purchase from them. It’s always awesome to find lenses for a great price, but you need to make sure you know why the price is so good. There are sellers who retail lenses that haven’t been approved as safe for use, and it doesn’t matter how inexpensive they are, they’re still dangerous.
Contacts that have been approved by the FDA of at least one country are certified safe. Reputable sellers post these certificates and credentials on their websites for buyers to view. Be wary of sellers that don’t have that information available for you.
Look at the Water Content
Colored lenses are mostly water. Since they’re obviously intended to go on your eye, they need to be soft, flexible, and porous. There are high water content and low water content lenses, and which one you should select depends mostly on how your eyes react.
If you have naturally watery eyes, you’ll do better with a lens that has a lower water content. People with dry eyes will find low water lenses to be very uncomfortable, and should choose high water content lenses that they can freshen up with drops throughout the day.
Consider The Diameter
The diameter is one of the most confusing parts of the world of colored lenses. Circle lenses exist to drastically change your appearance, and because of that, these lenses can go up pretty high in diameter.
Smaller diameter lenses tend to look most like natural irises, while larger diameter lenses give that bright, wide, dolly-eyed look. If you’re not sure how dramatic you want to go, it’s safe to choose a diameter that’s somewhere in the middle.
You can always go larger or smaller with your next pair if you feel the need to do so.
Working with Limbal Rings
A limbal ring is just the fancy name for the black circle around the color of the lens. Most natural colored lenses will have a soft, semi-transparent limbal ring to help provide a natural appearance.
Some lenses have darker, thicker limbal rings that create a large contrast. For the most part, people only opt for dark limbal rings when they’re looking for a dramatic transformation, but some people with very dark eyes find that darker limbal rings help create enough contrast for a lighter colored contact lens.
Tones and Opacity
If you’re trying to get a natural look, you’ll have to consider the tones and opacity of your lens. The combination of these two factors is vital for creating something that looks real. Tones are different colors blended with the main color of the lens.
For example, some green lenses have gold tones and some blue lenses have gray tones. Tones help the color appear genuine, and they also help blur away your natural eye color.
Opacity has to do with how strong the color of the lens is. If the color you’re interested in isn’t too far off from your natural eye color, you can safely select a lens with a lower opacity. If you’re trying to make your naturally dark brown eyes appear blue, you’ll need a more opaque lens to help erase your natural eye color.
What Colors Will Work For You?
Anyone can wear any color of lens – it’s just a matter of finding the right pair. People of any eye color will be able to pull off brown lenses, simply because they are the darkest.
People with blue and green eyes can pull off any color as long as the tones blend well. People with brown eyes may find it difficult, but the trick is to go for the most opaque lens you can find, and choose a shade of the color that will create the right amount of contrast against their natural eyes. You can check a complete guide to choose colored contact lenses for brown eyes.
Overall, it’s a little bit of a science determining which lens will work the best for you. Once you think you have an idea, you may want to order one pair at a time, so you can try them on and determine what, if anything, you’d like to do differently next time.
Remember to care for your lenses properly, only inserting and removing them with clean hands, and to frequently change the solution in your lens case. Lenses that are well cared for can last a long time, and it’s worth the extra effort to protect your investment.