To the uninitiated, using contact lenses can be an intimidating task. But are they really worth being nervous about, or is it a lot of fuss over nothing? Here’s a list of the top ten questions asked about contact lenses, and especially the use of cosmetic colored contact lenses:
Are Contact Lenses Safe?
Yes, they are perfectly safe to wear. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for usage and make sure you store them correctly and they will not cause you any harm. If you have suffered an eye condition in the past then you would be best advised to consult your optician before wearing cosmetic contact lenses, just to be on the safe side.
Who Can Wear Contact lenses?
Studies have shown that children as young as eight years old can handle and care for prescription contact lenses, though most opticians would not advise them for pre-teens. It’s not just about the eye and whether it can adapt to contact lens use, but also about the maturity and personal hygiene levels of the user. It should be noted however that the cosmetic contact lenses available in the You Know It store are designed specifically for adult eyes and are not guaranteed to fit anyone under 18. Some eye conditions and seriously impaired vision can also make them unsuitable, so if you suffer from any of these then consult with your optician before wearing them.
How Do You Wear Contact Lenses?
Inserting a contact lens can be tricky at first until you get used to it. There are plenty instructions available online and we have a step-by-step guide here at You Know it. You’ll need clean fingers and a steady hand, but once you get used to touching your eye, it is really quite a simple process.
How Can I Touch My Eye?
It helps to get used to touching your eye without a lens, and you will find that this concern is shared by more males than females as women are often more used to activity around their eyes due to their experiences in applying make-up. A good tip for getting used to touching your eye is to put a warm drop of water on your finger and bring it gently to touch your eye. The water will have a numbing effect on the eye and you may not even feel it when your finger touches. It can be daunting at first, but everyone gets used to it very quickly and you’ll soon wonder what all the fuss was about.
How Do You Store & Clean Contact Lenses?
You must always use the contact lens cleaning solution by filling a Cosmetic Contact Lens Storage Case with it and then immerse the lenses in the solution. You can give them a little shake for a more intensive clean but never, ever wipe them as this can irreparably damage them. Clean before and after use to ensure they remain in good condition.
What Are Colored Contact Lenses Made Of?
All colored contact lenses available in You Know It store are designed to be soft and flexible, although the exact composition can vary from brand to brand. For example, ColourVue Contact Lenses are made from their patented Hydrogel material which helps keeps your eyes hydrated all day long, though even the standard lenses feature a 38% water content which helps keep your eyes feeling fresh all day. They are manufactured according to the EU Cosmetics Directive and packaged in a sterile buffered isotonic saline.
Do Colored Contacts Work on Dark Eyes?
Absolutely. Not too long so you would have had trouble finding good color-changing contacts for dark eyes, but new advances in the technology means that there are plenty of options for dark eyed people today. Read our in-depth information page on Contact Lenses For Dark Eyes.
How Long Do Colored Contact Lenses Last?
All the contact lenses can be stored (unopened) for up to twelve months, but once opened we can only recommend their use for between 30 and 90 days. If you intend to use them on multiple occasions then you will need to clean and store them correctly to ensure they last as long as possible. Also avoid wearing them when your eyes will come into contact with water, such as swimming or showering.
How Long Can I Keep Them In?
You should only wear them for up to eight hours at a time, which is more than plenty of time for you to enjoy their effect at a party or special occasion. You shouldn’t sleep in cosmetic contact lenses either and once again ensure you clean them properly before and after each use to maximize their usage.
Will Colored Contacts Lenses Impair My Vision?
No, color contact lenses won’t impair your vision because the part of the contact lens that covers the pupil is transparent. However, the lenses should be handled and stored correctly to ensure they remain perfectly clean.