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Changing my eye colour

I have to wear contact lenses or I can't see a thing. I spent a lot of time making sure the contact lenses were hard to detect, but recently I've started getting some tinted contact lenses. It's actually really cool that I can make subtle shifts in my eye colour. It's funny when I see that people can tell there is something a bit funny or different with my appearance and they can't always tell what has changed. My optometrist is great about showing me new products and ideas that come out that might suit my prescription because he knows I'm always up for new things.



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What your Optometrist Wants You to Know about Novelty Contact Lenses

by Evan Duncan

Halloween is a time of year that sees an increase in novelty contact lenses, but there are also some people who want to wear novelty lenses year round. For example, you may not like your eye colour and you prefer to have blue eyes rather than brown. You may also like the novelty look of goth lenses, cat eye lenses, and other designer options. If this is the case, there are a few things optometrists would probably want you to know before you order a pair and pop them in.

Increased Chances of Reactions

The most popular way to purchase novelty contact lenses is to order them online or buy them from novelty stores. There are several issues with this option, including an increased chance of infections and other reactions. Your optometrist would probably like you to know that if you purchase them from the optometrist office, you are ensured they do not contain allergens that can affect your sight and that they are being sold legally.

Increased Chance of Eye Pain

One of the key points to remember about buying novelty contact lenses from someone other than your optometrist is the chance of increased eye pain due to ill fitting lenses. When you purchase lenses offline or through novelty stores, you aren't being fitted for the lenses. You are basically purchasing a one size fits all or most option. When you use these contacts, they may not fit your eye properly which can cause pain and irritation. Irritation may lead to itchy and dry eyes, which may lead to inflammation and swelling making it difficult to remove the lenses. To avoid this, you should go to your optometrist for a proper fitting to get the lenses that suit your eye shape and size.

Increased Chance of Prescription Issues

Among chances of eye pain and reactions, your optometrist may also want you to consider prescription issues. If you use prescription contact lenses, finding that same prescription in novelty lenses may be difficult. The most common option your optometrist may have are the colour contacts, so these options may be available for prescriptions. If you are looking for special designs, such as cats eye, you may have a difficult problem and increased chance of prescription issues or not being able to get a prescription at all.

These are just three of the key points your optometrist may want you to know and consider before purchasing novelty contact lenses. If you have questions, aren't sure how to get or wear the lenses you want, or if you are concerned about allergic reactions contact you optometrist. They can do a consultation, show you the availability, and give you information for your specific needs.