Your doctor of optometry has the training and qualifications to specify the proper contact lens material, fitting design, and care regime that works best for your eyes. Although contact lenses are mainly used for seeing better, tinted cosmetic lenses allow you to enhance your natural eye colour making the blue bluer or the green greener or change it altogether. Three categories of cosmetic (or coloured) contact lenses are available:
- Cosmetic enhancement tints are translucent and are designed to enhance your natural eye colour. They are best for light-coloured eyes (blue, green, light hazel or gray). When wearing these tints, the colour of your eye becomes a blend of the lens tint and your natural eye colour and iris pattern.
- Opaque or cosmetic tints change the apparent colour of your eyes whether they are dark or light. The pattern on the lens, which is coloured, overlies the coloured part of your eye, the iris, resulting in an eye colour with a natural look.
- Visibility or handling tints are very pale, coloured just enough to make the contact lens visible while you are handling it. They usually have no effect on eye colour and are often a pale blue or green.
With tinted lenses you accomplish two goals at once: Seeing better and looking better.