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How to Choose the Right Colored Contacts

by Mallory Murphy April 01, 2014

How to Choose the Right Colored Contacts

Buying colored contacts is no different from buying your daily needed items. It must be planned ahead in order to get the right item. In doing this, you will not only be happy that you get what you want or need, but you will also be satisfied that you are able to enjoy every cent of what you pay.

In buying contact lenses, there are some considerations to think of before you buy them. These are individually discussed below.

Single Lens or Pair Colored Contacts

For individuals who are very much into fashion, or who are not afraid to try or invent new styles, they can be eclectic and fun at the same time. They are the individuals to be followed with every time there is an event. What they do is that they mix contact lenses of differ colors. Doing so creates uniqueness. It may also serve as a suitable match-up for an event. If you are one of them but you already have a pair of lenses, you can inquire for a single lens only from the distributor, or you can buy another pair which you can practically reserve the other one and use it in case one of them is lost. On the other hand, buying by pair is an economical way, especially if you buy online -- you can save from shipping payment. (At present, MyEyeColors sells lenses in pairs only.)

Prescription or Plano Colored Contacts

Prescription lenses are lenses that are especially made for correcting astigmatism. Astigmatism is an eye condition in which an individual cannot clearly see an object either in near or far distance. So this kind of lenses has certain measurements suited to specific individual, and which are identified by an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. Plano lenses, on the other hand, are the exact opposite of the first. They are used for aesthetic purposes only, such as enhancing or changing the eye color, but this also works true to prescription lenses.

Sometimes, the term “prescription” can be a confusing term for one can think of “prescription” as similar to what a doctor makes for his or her patients, and which one cannot buy a medicine without it. So a person might think of prescription lenses as prescribed by doctors and plano lenses are not. Actually, both can be prescribed depending on the state or place where a person resides in. (Plano lenses are the only sold lenses in MyEyeColors.)  

With/Without a “Prescription” 

The term “prescription” does not strictly refer to prescription lenses. It means a note written by your ophthalmologist or optometrist that may contain the measurements of the power, axis, and cylinder among others. Having a prescription is very useful in getting the right size of lenses for your eyes. Incorrect size can cause discomfort, can irritate your eyes, and eventually can damage your eyes.    

In some states or places, there is a law requiring individuals to present a prescription from their ophthalmologist or optometrist, even for plano lenses. This is regulated in order to avoid any possible damage to the eye that lenses can potentially cause. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treats these lenses as medical devices in which a prescription helps the proper distribution and use of the lenses. 


Mallory Murphy
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