The Importance of Seeking a Prescription for Colored Contacts
By Jeffrey Schultz on January 01, 2018
Many people wonder what their eyes would look like if they were more vibrant or a different color. Colored contact lenses can intensify the natural color of the eyes or completely transform their appearance. When considering colored contact lenses, it is important to see an eye care professional to obtain your prescription lenses. At Lifetime Eye Care, Dr. Jeffrey E. Schultz prescribes contact lenses to correct vision, transform eye color, or both. If you are interested in colored contacts, contact our Cleveland, OH office to schedule a consultation. Now, let's take a moment to consider the importance of seeking a prescription for colored contacts.
The Dangers of Wearing Non-Prescription Colored Contacts
Colored contact lenses, also called costume contact lenses, are designed to change the appearance of the eyes, leading many who use colored lenses to treat them like fashion accessories. Because colored contact lenses are often only used for aesthetic issues and not to correct vision, some may think it's fine to purchase colored contact lenses online and without a prescription. However, this is far from the truth.
Non-prescription colored contacts are not custom-made and often fit improperly. Because of this, using non-prescription colored contact lenses can lead to serious eye problems, including vision loss, and is simply not worth the risk. Some possible eye problems associated with wearing non-prescription colored contacts include:
- Corneal abrasions (cuts within the protective outer layer of the eye)
- Corneal ulcers (tears within the protective outer layer of the eye)
- Keratitis (a bacterial infection of the eye that can cause vision loss)
In some cases, these eye problems can become so serious that a corneal transplant may be necessary or permanent vision loss may occur.
Prevent Eye Damage with Prescription Colored Contacts
Whether or not you have perfect vision, it is important to obtain a prescription if you plan on wearing colored contact lenses. By obtaining a prescription, you can be assured that your contacts will properly fit, reducing the risk of corneal abrasions and ulcers.
When a prescription is obtained for colored contacts, or lenses of any kind, patients are educated on how to care for their contacts, including how long they can be worn, and when they should be replaced, to help reduce the risk of infection and injury. As long as prescription colored contacts are cared for and used as instructed, patients can safely change the color of their eyes without risking their ocular health.
Types of Prescription Colored Contacts
Some may think that only using prescription colored contacts would limit their options, but this is far from true. A wide variety of colored lenses are available for prescription. Those who do not require vision correction can change or enhance the color of their eyes with prescribed plano color contacts, while those who require vision correction for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism may enjoy clearer vision and a different eye color with prescription colored contacts.
Both non-corrective plano colored contacts or vision correction colored lenses can be prescribed with varying tints and styles, including:
- Enhancement tint lenses: Enhancement tint lenses are meant to enhance the natural color of the eyes and are generally best suited to those with light-colored eyes.
- Opaque tint lenses: Opaque tints completely change the color of the eyes and are available in such colors as blue, violet, hazel, brown, green, and gray.
- Theatrical contact lenses: Theatrical lenses are a type of opaque tint lens, but unlike natural looking colored contacts, theatrical lenses are intended for a dramatic special-effect.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in transforming your look with colored contacts, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schultz to learn more about your options.
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