Colored Contacts: 7 Tips & Tricks
Colored contacts are a popular way to make your eye color “pop” ,or even to change their color entirely. Have you ever tried them?
They’re fun to play around with ,and can look great, but its important to be play safe with them.
Colored contacts even if used for aesthetic purposes, are still considered medical devices. This has optometrists quite concerned. When not used correctly they can have serious consequences.These can be minor such as blurred vision or eye irritation. However, they could also be serious such as inflammation or even irreversible sight loss!
1. Buy from a trusted source: Would you trust that hot dog from a street vendor you’ve never seen before? Probably not! It’s important to consider the source of your colored contact lenses as well. Be wary of lenses from street vendors or beauty supply stores. If you’re interested in colored contacts ask your optometrist for a trusted company to buy from.
2. Don’t sleep in your contacts: I am guilty as charged of doing then I’m really tired. Once in high school I woke up barely able to open eyes! Major ouch! Lazy like me? Keep your case/solution near your bed so you have no excuse!
3. Don’t wear disposable colored contacts for longer than the package or your optometrist directs. Did you know that over half of Americans use their lenses for longer than directed? It may seem like no big deal, but it can lead to serious consequences like bacterial infections or sight damage.
4. Clean your colored contacts properly. Eye drops or tap water are not the best choice as they can fail to remove bacteria.Be sure to use a solution designed for your specific lenses.
5. Practice good hygiene: It may seem like common sense, but be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses. Lord knows my hands are always covered in food, dog drool, or both! And I really don’t want that stuff in my eyeballs!
6. Don’t forget your case: Cases can build up bacteria too! Remember to replace yours every 3 months, and clean it regularly as well. Looks like mine needs replaced huh?
7. Use contact safe makeup: Be sure to check the labels on your mascara and eye liner to make sure it’s safe for contacts.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.