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Are There Tinted Contact Lenses?

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Are you attending a holiday event and looking into changing your appearance? From time to time, you may wish to alter your eye color to blend in with your costume or a certain aesthetic. And that can leave you wondering, ‘Are there tinted contact lenses?’  


Let’s dive in to see if colored contacts are an option and how you can customize them to bring out a whole new look.

Are there tinted contact lenses? 

Yes, there are tinted contact lenses. They are lenses that alter the appearance of your eye color, and–great news–even if you don’t wear corrective eyewear normally, you can still modify your eye color with these fun, painless lenses.


The three main types of tinted contact lenses include:


An Enhancement Tint: This type of lens is transparent, offering a more distinct color than the visibility tint. Enhancement tint contacts are perfect if you want to make your light eye color more vivid. 


An Opaque Tint: If you’re going for a dramatic change in eye color or have brown eyes, you’ll want these lenses. With many shades available, an opaque tint will help you adopt any look. (Bonus: They’re ideal for Halloween!)


A Visibility Tint: This tint is often blue or green, and it’s more for helping you find your contacts easier if they fall out versus for cosmetic purposes. The shade is obscure, so if you want a more drastic change in eye color, we’d recommend an opaque tint. 


Please Note: Before getting colored contacts, you’ll need a contact lens exam with an optometrist at your local For Eyes. That will ensure that, if you do need prescription power in your lenses, you’ll get the right one. It’ll also verify that contacts are a good option for you based on your eye anatomy and corneal shape. Give your nearest office a call today to book an appointment. 

What are the best tinted contact lenses for light sensitivity? 

While For Eyes offers an abundance of eyewear, there aren’t specific tinted contact lenses for light sensitivity (also known as photophobia). We recommend asking your eye specialist for an anti-reflective, UV-protective coating to reduce the impact of glare and light on your eyes. 


Alternatively, if you’re worried about contacts and light sensitivity, request a pair of prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses with polarized lenses. We can add many coatings to your lenses, depending on your needs. 


The best way to approach light sensitivity is to talk to your eye doctor about your options. Our team can recommend the best lenses and tips to combat light sensitivity symptoms so that you can enjoy your event (or new look) and worry less about the sunshine affecting your vision. 

Summary: Can I get colored contact lenses? 

There are tinted contact lenses (also known as colored contacts) for dark eyes, light eyes, and all eyes in between. If you have a special occasion coming up and want to change your eye color completely, an opaque tint is for you. However, if you want to reinforce your natural eye color by making it look brighter, an enhancement or visibility tint is a great option.


While there isn’t a specific pair of contact lenses for light sensitivity, you can find a variety of eyewear options at your local optical store. From an anti-reflective coating to polarized lenses, there are many choices for you. 


Ask your eye doctor about the best eyewear options based on your prescription. Our team is at your service.


Ready for new tinted contact lenses? Come by your neighborhood For Eyes to explore your options today. We can’t wait to see you and show you our selection.

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