In recent years, we were not excited about colored contacts because colored contacts were only available in older materials that did not allow oxygen to pass through and get to the corneal surface of your eye. But, all that has changed. In 2014, makers started introducing colored contacts in silicon hydrogel materials. This silicon hydrogel material is the same material used in the better clear contacts to allow for breathability of the lenses and increased ocular health. The first colored contact lens to be manufactured in the silicon hydrogel material is the Air Optix Colors contact lens.
Because the cornea of your eye needs to be clear to allow light to pass through unobstructed for clear vision, there are no natural blood vessels in the cornea. This means that the cornea must receive oxygen from the outside air. Unfortunately, if contacts that do not allow oxygen to pass through are left on the cornea for an extended length of time, the cornea will be deprived of oxygen, and in some cases blood vessels will even start to grow into the corneal tissue to supply oxygen to the cornea. This is a sign of a cornea that has been extremely deprived of oxygen.
Up until the year 2014, there were no colored contacts available in this more permeable silicon hydrogel material. Now with the introduction of the more permeable materials for colored contacts, we are happy to fit patients in all the beautiful colors available. Colored contacts really can make a big difference in your appearance and they are a lot of fun. And, while all contacts must be worn according to careful care and handling guidelines, we’re happy that we can now provide these colored contacts in a healthy material.
We have a variety of colored contacts to choose from to enhance your personal style. Subtle colors (just to give your natural color a little “push”) include: gray contacts, blue contacts, green contacts, pure hazel contacts, and brown contacts. Vibrant colors (that really make your eyes “pop”) include sterling gray contacts, brilliant blue contacts, gemstone green contacts, and honey contacts. You can try the different colors on at the Air Optix Color Studio before visiting our office.
Another option that was introduced in 2015 is 1-Day Acuvue Define contacts. These differ from colored contact lenses as they are not intended to change the color of your eyes. Instead, they are meant to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes by better defining the iris and adding complexity to the color and texture of your eyes without causing any unnatural effects that can sometimes occur with colored contacts.
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