It’s always refreshing to add a new factor to enhance your look. Some might go for a new hair colour; others might go for a cool pair of glasses. Think outside the box; why not go for coloured contacts? There’s no doubt, wearing coloured contact lenses can jazz up your look. A lot of people wear coloured contacts every day. You would be surprised to know that there are people who wear coloured contacts daily and no one would ever know it wasn’t their natural eye colour!
Why do people opt for coloured contact lenses?
People wear coloured contacts for various reasons. Coloured contact lenses give you the versatility of changing your eye colour when and as you like. Pair your lenses according to your outfits.
Coloured contacts are the same as regular lenses, just with an extra bit of fun – colour, giving you the best of both worlds, clear vision with an upgraded look.
You can get coloured contacts with or without prescription, so there’s no limitation when it comes to vision correction.
Many options are available on the market for coloured contacts, such as opaque coloured contacts, illuminate coloured contacts, monthly coloured contacts and more. Some coloured lenses provide a subtle colour update and others give more of a dramatic colour change. If your natural eye colour is dark brown, you can opt for opaque coloured contact lenses as these lenses will cover your natural eye colour with your preferred colour.
Monthly vs daily coloured contact lenses
Dailies will give you the freedom and convenience of not following a cleaning routine. All you need to do is put in your contacts and dispose of them at the end of your day. If you’re opting for monthlies, you’re essentially saving more; however, with monthlies, a cleaning routine is a must.
Be it prescription lenses or coloured lenses, they require the same amount of care. Not following good hygiene can put you at risk of infection, allergies, and the discomfort of dry eyes. For instance, if you put in your lenses without washing your hands, the dirt from your fingers will be transferred onto your lens, making your eyes more exposed to eye infections.
Below are the steps you must follow to enjoy your contact lens experience and remain safe at the same time. From putting your lenses in to storing them – it’s all essential and non-negotiable to look after your colour contacts. Here’s a guide put together for you to look after your contacts.
How to put your contact lenses in
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap
- Dry your hands with a lint-free towel; this is highly recommended as we would not want any lint particles to stick to our hands whilst we’re putting our lenses in
Top tip – avoid soft papers, tissues or anything that breaks apart easily, the particles will transfer onto your fingers and cause irritation
- Take the contact lens out of the packaging one at a time, place it on the tip of your finger, and hold it up against the light. Insert your lens the right way in. Look out for:
Flared out edges – your lens is inside out
Lens looks like a bowl with straight edges – your lens is okay to put in
- Use your dominant hand, place the lens onto the fingertip of your index finger. With your non-dominant hand hold your upper eyelid (the trick is to keep your eyes from closing as a reflex action)
- Place lens in the white part of your eyes, look down and close your eyes; this will centre the lens in your eyes
- Blink to adjust the lens
- Repeat the same for the other eye
Now you’ve put in your lenses and can enjoy your day!
How to clean and store your contact lenses
A good cleaning routine is essential if you’re after monthly coloured contact lenses.
Always make sure to use a fresh solution to clean and store your lenses. Additionally, it is equally important to clean your contact lens case as your lenses are going to be stored in there overnight.
- Wash your hands properly and dry them with a lint-free towel
- Take out one lens at a time
- Place the lens in the palm of your hand. Make sure you’re placing both the lenses separately
- Pour a drop or two of your recommended cleaning solution on your lens
- With your finger, gently rub your lens to get rid of any dirt or debris that might have accumulated onto your lens
- Rinse your lens with a saline or a multipurpose solution, such as ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution to remove any remaining debris
- Make sure your contact lens case is cleaned and dry; fill the case with a disinfecting or multipurpose solution
- Place your lens inside the case and leave to disinfect for as long as the product packaging recommends. This step is essential to kill the microorganisms
- Repeat the above steps for your second lens
How to clean your contact lens case
As mentioned above, it is equally important to clean your contact lens case.
- Throw away any old solution from your contact lens case and rinse the case with some fresh solution
- Place your contact lens case upside down and leave it to dry
Yes, it’s that easy! Make sure to replace your contact lens case at least every three months.
In addition to looking after your coloured contacts, ensure you’re buying your stock of coloured contacts from a legitimate retailer such as Feel Good Contacts. They are the UK’s leading contact lens retailer and the cheapest on the market. Rather than going to a high-street optician, just order your contacts from the comfort of your home. Be it prescription or non-prescription, you can order your coloured contacts with them very easily. Order as late as 11:59pm and get them delivered the next day! Visit the website to order your coloured contacts now!