New to colour lenses? Don’t worry. This guide will answer all your queries concerning colour lenses including:
- What is a colour lens?
- Why wear them?
- How to put in and remove eyes contact lenses?
- How to clean your coloured lenses?
- Are colour lenses safe?
- Which colour lenses will suit me?
- For how long should I wear my contact lenses?
- When should I replace my contact lenses?
- Tips for new contact lens users
- How to avoid makeup-related contact lenses problem?
- How do I know if I’m having a contact lens infection?
- Can I wear contacts while using eye ointment?
- How can I try different eye colour contacts before purchase?
- Where can I buy contact lenses online?
Understanding colour lens
What is a colour lens?
To understand colour lens, you first need to know what a contact lens is. A contact lens is a thin lens that is placed directly on your eye’s surface.
As per studies, contact lenses are used by over 150 million people worldwide. They can be worn to correct vision, for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. In 2010, the average age of contact lens wearers internationally was 31 years old, and two-thirds of wearers were female.
Coloured lenses are simply contact lenses but they are coloured. Some coloured eye lenses completely cover the iris and will dramatically changing eye colour while other coloured contact lenses merely tint the iris and will highlight the natural colour of your eyes.
Why wear coloured contact lens?
You can wear contact lenses for improving your aesthetic appeal, changing your eye colour or as a substitute for wearing glasses.
Eyes contact lenses do not collect moisture or perspiration. Thus, it is a preferred option for those who indulge in sports and other outdoor activities. You can also wear sunglasses, goggles, or other eyewear of your liking without having to fit them with prescription lenses or worry about compatibility with glasses.
How to put in and remove coloured contact lenses?
Nervous about putting in your contact lenses? It may seem tricky and even a little scary at first but don’t worry. Once you get a bit of practice, it is simple.
Follow these simple steps to correctly put in your lens:
- Wash your hands and use a clean, dry towel (preferably microfiber towel) to dry them off.
- Open the foil (for daily disposables) or case lid (for reusable lenses) and using your index finger scoop your lens out.
- Rinse the contact lens with your contact solution by positioning the lens in the centre of your palm and spraying a stream of contact solution over it.
- Check that the lens isn’t inside out by putting the lens on the tip of your finger and holding it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it's inside out. Put it back on your palm and correct it using your fingertip to gently flip it right side out. It should be a bowl shape. Some lenses have a 1, 2, 3; indicator. Ensure the digits aren’t backward.
- Your lens is now ready to be inserted. Place it on the tip of your index finger and using your free hand, pull the top eyelid up. Using your thumb, pull your bottom eyelid down and bring the lens towards the centre of your eye.
- Put the contact up close to your eyeball and press it lightly in place. The contact will go into place on its own as it will be attracted to the moisture.
- Once you put on the lens, move your eyes from side to side and close them. It will rid of any air bubbles trapped under the lens.
- Repeat on the other eye.
Steps to remove your lens
- Ensure your hands are clean and dry.
- Start with your right eye, then look up and using your middle finger, carefully pull down your lower eyelid.
- Using your index finger, carefully touch the lower edge of the lens, and slide it down to the lower white part of your eye.
- Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
- Repeat for your left lens.