Why You Shouldn’t Order Tinted Contacts OnLine

May 15, 2013

Tinted Contact Lenses

 Tinted Contacts

You can change the color of your eyes any time you like with tinted contact lenses.  Rigid lenses are available in almost any color of the rainbow.  However, it is dangerous to just order them through the internet without having them fitted to your eyes.  Soft lenses are made in many colors, but the variety is not quite as great, due to technical limitations.  These are even more readily available through online vendors and also have to be fit to your eyes to be safe.  Some ophthalmologists will provide a fitting service and then you could order your lenses online, both for costume effects and to change the color appearance of your eyes.  Worn for short periods of time these may be safe.  But some soft lenses have opaque colors “printed” on the inside, with a clear zone to see through.  Because each printed or painted dot is perceived as a “bump” by the delicate membranes of your eyes and eyelids, THESE ARE DANGEROUS!

Cosmetic Effect on Your Eyes

 The opaque lenses provide an immediate transformation to the new color.  How a tinted lens changes our eye depends on their natural color.  The only way to be sure of the effect of various lens tints is to have a trial fitting.  In general, this is what you can expect:

DARK OR MEDIUM BROWN EYES:  A light blue or even dark blue tint will probably have no noticeable affect.  You may want to try an opaque lens.

LIGHT BROWN OR HAZEL EYES:  You can have some fun with tinted lenses by trying shades of green, brown, or amber.

LIGHT BLUE OR GRAY EYES:  Almost any tint in your lenses will give you a different look.  Blue eyes can be varied with darker blue, blue-green, or aqua tints. 

Other Information

Adding a tint or color adds no risk to the wearing of contact lenses, so long as they have been properly fitted to your eyes.  Each type of plastic and dye used must have a separate government clearance and goes through extensive testing before being allowed on the market.  These rules only apply to lenses made in America, however, and frequently on the internet, you will not know that the source is overseas.

Some benefits of tinted contacts include being able to find them more easily when they fall on the floor, relief of glare associated with rigid lenses, and the “sunglass” effect of the darker colors (which also makes them unsafe for driving at night).

The cost of adding a tint to contacts is not especially great, and it is often included with rigid or gas permeable lenses.  “Printed” color lenses cost considerably more. 


From Triad Notes