How to Choose and Care for Coloured Contacts

Buying new clothes is an easy way to update your look but what if you are tired of seeing the same old face every time you look in the mirror and fancy a change? Well, cosmetic surgery is one option but I think it is a little drastic as it is not usually possible to reverse the procedures that are commonly carried out. A much cheaper, and less permanent option, is to invest in a pair of coloured contact lenses and surprise all your friends by turning up for your next evening on the town with eyes that look completely different to your natural colour.

If you have never used contacts before, you need to find out how to choose the right ones and how to care for them properly first. Below are some tips that I hope will come in handy.

Choosing the right colour

Whilst it can be tempting to go for some completely off the wall colour or crazy spiral pattern when choosing new lenses, I would not recommend this approach unless you are still a teenager or are not worried about being started at everywhere you go. In my opinion, the best way to choose a colour is to first take a picture of yourself at home, then use a simple image editing program on your PC, smartphone or tablet to change the colour of your eyes and see which one suits you the best. Some colours may look great with pale complexions and dark hair but look very strange on a person with tanned skin and blonde locks.

Lens care

  1. Before inserting new contacts, wash your hands thoroughly. You should bear in mind that your hands touch many different surfaces throughout the day and you want to minimise the chances of transferring any bacteria from these surfaces to your lenses or eyes. If you are not careful, you could end up with an irritating eye infection such as keratitis. Once you have washed your hands, dry them and you will be ready to remove the first lens from the foil packet in which it came. I won’t go into detail about the best way to insert them as this article is focused on caring for your lenses not how to wear them.
  1. Before removing your lenses at the end of the day, or whenever you may wish to take them out, once again you should wash your hands thoroughly. Whilst the main reason for washing your hands before inserting and removing your contacts is to avoid the direct transference of dirt or bacteria onto the surface of your eyes, it is also important to avoid contaminating the lenses themselves.
  1. Use a daily cleaning solution that is specifically designed for the purpose to rinse each lens after removal. Once you have made sure that they are clean, place them in a case that is roughly half to two thirds full of the same solution.
  1. Every so often it is a good idea to rinse the case itself out thoroughly too. If your lens case becomes too dirty, it is best to purchase a new one to avoid any problems that may occur from using lenses that have small particles of dirt stuck to them.

If you experience minor eye irritation despite your best efforts to treat your lenses hygienically, it may be a good idea to visit your local GP or optician for treatment. However, there are a few home remedies for inflamed eyes that you can try if you want to obtain some relief before you can get to your local surgery.