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Are Colored Contacts Safe For Your Eyes?

What are the Best Type of Contact Lenses to Wear?

As a contact wearer, eye health and safety should be top priorities for you to ensure the long-lasting wellness of your vision. Whether you’re new to contacts, a life-long wearer of corrective lenses, or you’re looking for something new, you may be thinking about changing things up.


Colored contact lenses can be a fun way to update your look and try something new, but you may also be wondering if colored lenses are even safe for your eyes.

The short of it? Yes. However, like with all contact lenses, there are many important things to keep in mind when looking to play with a different eye color by wearing colored contact lenses:

  1. You need a prescription to wear any type of contact lenses, including colored ones.
  2. You need to purchase them through a reputable supplier such as Contacts Direct, not a beauty retailer, costume shop, or other over the counter shop.
  3. You need to properly store and care for your lenses to keep your eyes healthy and free of injury or infection.

First, you must have a prescription in order to purchase colored contact lenses that are safe for your eyes. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and as such, are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), therefore they require a valid prescription from your eye doctor.

A prescription doesn’t necessarily mean you also require a corrective prescription for near or far sightedness. You can still wear colored contact lenses safely even if you don’t typically wear glasses or corrective lenses. A doctor of optometry will conduct a quick and painless eye examination to make sure your eyes are healthy and then they will provide you with a proper prescription custom to the lens brand you’re looking to purchase. This prescription will mean that your colored contacts will fit your unique eye shape properly so you can wear them safely without making your eyes susceptible to scratches, injury and infection.

The second thing to keep in mind is where you purchase the lenses. All colored contact lenses should be purchased through a reputable source, whether online or in the store. If you’re purchasing from an online retailer, make sure that they require you to fill out or submit your prescription. These are the manufacturers that are approved by the FDA and will not sell you counterfeit lenses that could potentially use questionable ingredients and materials.

Lastly, as with all contact lenses, colored contact lenses need to be safely cleaned, stored, and cared for so that your eyes stay healthy and injury free. Wash and dry your hands before handling them so you remove any dirt, bacteria, or other oils that could build up. To further reduce the risk of eye injury, make sure you use fresh lenses that aren’t expired, and proper and fresh lens care products.

When fitted, purchased, and cared for properly, colored contacts can be a fun way to express yourself and have fun with a new look. Many products offer several different eye color variants such as blue, aqua, green, topaz, gray, and brown. Whether you have dark or lighter eyes, our products with advanced tinting technology an provide you with a natural, realistic change of your eye color.

Read more: The dangers of decorative lenses for Halloween.