For many of us, looking our best is a top priority and we like to take pride in our appearance, hair, make-up and style. Having beautiful eyes is especially important because they tell our story, how we’re feeling and are the main way we connect with each other.
It’s the reason why thousands of people are using colored contact lenses every day, to enhance their eye colour and achieve a more striking look.
If you’ve always wondered what you’d look like with different coloured eyes, want to make your eyes more striking or are looking for a scary Halloween look, then you’ve come to the right place!
We’re here to set the record straight on colored contact lenses and answer all your questions, thoughts and fears about wearing.
Why wear colored contact lenses?
The main reason everyone loves colored contacts so much is because they make your eyes stand out beautifully. Seeing as you can change your hair colour, nail colour and lip colour to suit your style and tastes, why not change your eye color too, especially when it’s perfectly safe to do so.
Colored contact lenses don’t just have to be for make-up artists, models and actors, many people wear them for special occasions such as weddings or on a night out with friends. Color contact lenses can change your entire look and make your eyes completely mesmerising.
Are Colored Contact lenses safe?
Only colored contact lenses with FDA approval are truly safe to wear. Unfortunately, there are many colored contact lens providers that do not meet these strict safety regulations and you should NEVER buy from a source that you do not trust.
The FDA advise that you should never buy lenses from:
• street vendors
•salons or beauty supply stores
• flea markets
• novelty stores
• Halloween stores
• convenience stores
• beach shops
• Internet sites that do not have FDA approval
Crazy Lenses are 100% FDA approved and believe that contact lens and eye safety is paramount. We recommend that you visit an optician for advice on fitting your colored contact lenses before wearing them.
What is the FDA?
The FDA stands for the U.S Food and Drug Administration. They regulate the safety of medical devices such as contact lenses and can seek to prosecute vendors who sell them unsafely or illegally.
How easy is it to put in the contact lens?
Putting something in your eye may seem weird at first, especially if it’s your first time doing so, but it’s actually very easy and will feel like second nature once you’ve got the hang of it!
Here’s a Step-By-Step Guide to putting in contact lenses:
Step 1: Wash your hands with warm soapy water, rinse and dry them thoroughly.
Step 2: If you have a 30 or 90 day lens, rinse it with contact lens solution to remove any trace of dust or dirt. If you have a one time use lens, simply take it out of the package.
Step 3: Place the lens on the tip of your index/first finger, checking that it is the right way round.
Step 4: Hold your upper eyelid with your other hand so that you don’t blink.
Step 5: Pull down your lower eyelid using the other fingers of the hand you’re applying the contact lens with.
Step 6: Look up and gently place the lens on the lower part of your eye.
Step 7: Slowly close your eyelid and keep your eyes closed for a moment.
Step 8: Blink several times to centre the lens and then repeat the process with your other eye. If your lens feels uncomfortable, remove it and inspect for damage or any dust/fluff that may be on it. If the lens is damaged, discard it immediately. Otherwise, rinse with more solution and reapply.
Pro Tip: To avoid mixing up your contact lenses, we recommend you always apply and remove the lens for your RIGHT eye first.
Can I wear coloured contact lenses if I don’t have a prescription for vision correction?
Yes you can! Currently all our contact lenses are non-prescription in the sense that you don’t need vision correction. Non-prescription lenses are called piano formats (or power: 0.00) and are specially designed for this purpose. You do however need to have approval from your optician to wear contact lenses, even if you don’t need vision correction.
Which coloured contact lenses are best for me?
Choosing the best contact lens color and shade depends on lots of things, such as your eye color, skin tone and the effect you’d like to create. If you’re looking for striking Halloween or character lenses with bright colors, these suit pretty much everyone, but consider these factors for natural colored lenses:
If you have lighter eyes (eg. blue eyes, grey eyes, hazel eyes)
If your eye color is naturally a light blue: Try green or grey opaque lenses to give your eyes a subtle new effect.
For a look that’s striking, go for lenses that aren’t normal for your complexion, such as brown contacts for pale skin and blonde hair or blue contacts for olive skin.
If you have darker eyes (e.g. green and brown)
Opt for hazel and lighter brown/green shades for a subtle and natural look. If you have an olive or dark skin tone, a lighter eye colour will look very striking effect for a cool and sparkling look that will help you stand out.
Your dark eyes are perfect for experimenting with vibrant color such as purple, pink and aqua or green.
Are colored contacts prescription?
Most of our contact lenses are non-prescription, so they are just for cosmetic purposes and don't actually correct your vision. However, after a LOT of demand from customers, we are now offering a prescription range too, which we are constantly expanding on.
So if you wear glasses or contact lenses, you can now jazz up your look on a daily basis and wear your colored, or halloween contacts out and about.
Can my friend wear my colored contact lenses?
No. You should absolutely not share your colored or halloween contact lenses under any circumstances. Sharing lenses can lead to eye infections and extreme discomfort, so please do not share them with your friends.
Can colored contact lenses make you go blind?
There have been some horror stories in the press about people going blind after wearing un-regulated and therefore unsafe contacts.
If you buy your lenses from a reputable and FDA approved website such as Crazy Lenses, you don't need to worry about quality but still need to ensure you take proper care in applying and disposing of your contact lenses to avoid eye infections.
Should I buy Disposable or Non disposable contact lenses?
Our range of contact lenses are available as daily disposables, 30 day or 90 day. If you are only buying your lenses for Halloween or a one-time event, we recommend that you throw these away as they won’t be safe for you to wear at Halloween next year. If you’re buying natural lenses and would like to wear them more than once, then non-disposable are a great option for you.
Our lens kits come with the correct solution for you to clean your lenses with, which is of upmost importance when wearing non-disposable contact lenses.
What kind of Halloween contact lenses do you have?
We have a huge range of Halloween contact lenses for you to choose from. Whether you’re dressing up as a cat, vampire, fairy or zombie, we have hundreds of styles for you to choose from. We also have the largest, FDA approved range of bright coloured contact lenses that are perfect for Halloween. Take a look at our Halloween styles here.
What are Cosplay Contact Lenses?
Cosplay and Anime contact lenses are the ultimate way for you to transform into character. These lenses have been specially made to fit the characteristics of popular cosplay characters such as the best-selling Manga series of lenses.
Can I still see out of the Halloween contact lenses such as the cat eye?
Yes, even though the cat eye lenses have a vertical pupil, you can still see out of them perfectly, as with all of our Halloween lenses.
Can I still see out of the white mesh and blind white contact lenses?
You are able to see out of all our contact lenses, but the white mesh lenses and the blind white lenses do reduce your vision slightly, because they cover your whole pupil. They are said to reduce your vision by 25% - but you can still see out of them! Just be extra aware of your surroundings if you're going out wearing these contacts.
So there you have it, the Complete Beginner’s Guide To Coloured Contact lenses. Do you have any more questions that haven’t appeared here? Leave us a comment below or check the FAQ section of our website.