If you suffer from astigmatism, you can still find colored contact lenses to enhance or completely change your natural eye color. Colored contacts for astigmatism are specialized and often more expensive than traditional vision-correcting contacts. (Learn More)
There are several brands that make contacts that serve both cosmetic and vision-correcting purposes. (Learn More) The market for colored contact lenses continues to expand and offer more options.
Contacts for astigmatism are often specialized in the form of toric lenses. These lenses change the way light is refracted into the lens of the eye to account for the irregularly shaped cornea and therefore correct vision.
Colored contacts for astigmatism work the same way as other toric lenses. They also cosmetically impact the look of the iris — the part of the eye responsible for color. (Learn More)
All contact lenses require a prescription and a fitting by an optometrist. (Learn More)
Specialized Colored Contacts for Astigmatism
All contacts are considered medical devices and must be approved by the FDA, even if they are not needed to correct vision.
Contacts for astigmatism can be more specialized than contacts for hyperopia (farsightedness) or myopia (nearsightedness). They often will need to correct for distance vision as well.
Specialized contacts can be more expensive than traditional contacts. There are often fewer options as well. Colored contacts are even more highly specialized and can cost more than double the price of regular contacts.
The colored contact market is expanding. Currently, there are soft toric colored contacts available in daily disposable, weekly, and monthly varieties.
Brand names of colored contacts for astigmatism include:
- Air Optix Colors
- Neo Cosmo
- Desio Lens
- Geo Medical
Astigmatism and Colored Contacts
In the case of astigmatism, the cornea is misshapen. This causes blurry vision.
The cornea is the clear part of the eye. Astigmatism can create vision focus issues for the retina.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) reports that astigmatism can be treated with eye glasses, contacts, or surgical procedures. Contacts for astigmatism help to alter the way your eyes refract light to account for this irregular shape.
Contact lenses for astigmatism are generally soft toric lenses that can correct and sharpen vision.
Colored contacts have lines, dots, and shapes that cover the iris, the part of the eye that gives it its color, and they are typically clear in the middle where the pupil is. Toric colored contacts for astigmatism can correct vision while also allowing you to change the appearance of your eyes.
Obtaining Colored Contacts for Astigmatism
The first step in getting any type of contact lens is to see an eye doctor and obtain a prescription. An optometrist will need to measure your eyes and fit you for contacts.
Contacts for astigmatism require highly detailed measurements. They may need to be customized depending on the degree of corneal irregularity.
Colored contacts for astigmatism will often be custom-made for you, so it may take some time to receive them. Custom contacts can be custom tinted as well. You may be able to choose from a variety of colors.
Generally, colored contacts come in either an enhancement tint or an opaque tint.
Enhancement tints are good for light-colored eyes. They enhance the color of your eyes, helping them to stand out and appear more vibrant. They are typically mostly transparent.
An opaque tint can actually change the color of your eyes by altering the appearance of the iris. If you have dark eyes, you will need an opaque tint of colored contacts in order to notice a difference in eye color.
Considerations for Colored Contacts With
Colored contacts can move around the eye. They may then be noticeable, making it clear that the color is not natural.
Opaque tint colored contacts have a clear center that may not be large enough when the pupil expands in different lighting environments. This can impact vision.
When obtaining contacts for astigmatism and also for cosmetic purposes, there are some risks involved. Potential risks of contacts include:
- Corneal infections.
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye).
- Ulcerations and scratches on the cornea.
- Vision impairment.
Colored contacts carry the same risks as traditional contacts. All risks can be minimized by following all your eye doctor's directives and the manufacturer's instructions. Wear your contacts exactly as instructed, and replace them on the intended replacement schedule. Use proper hygiene when handling your contacts, and wash and store them as directed.
Colored contacts can be a fun way to change up your appearance in a temporary manner.
Your eye doctor can fit you for colored contacts for astigmatism and write you a prescription for the lenses. Only use a retailer that is FDA-approved. Color contacts for astigmatism are highly specialized and need to be purchased from a reputable source.
You can get colored contacts for astigmatism. Though the current market is small, it is growing and changing rapidly.
'Colored' and Decorative Contact Lenses: A Prescription is a Must. (February 2016). U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Astigmatism. (2019). American Optometric Association (AOA).
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Color Contact Lenses: Which Are Best for You? (April 2019). All About Vision.
Decorative Contact Lenses. (September 2018). U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).