Of the many colors and color-tints available in contact lenses, probably the most popular are blue contact lenses, why that should be the case is not quite clear. Blue contact lenses are even favored by people who already have natural blue eyes, so it is obviously not just a matter of wanting to change eye color. Although in some cases it may be due to a person wishing to look like someone they admire who has natural blue eyes. For that reasoning, the striking blue eyes of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Matthew McConaughey come to mind, although the apparent baby blues of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are due to blue contact lenses, since both have eyes that are naturally brown.
In case you are wondering, it is estimated that less than ten percent of people in the United States are naturally blue-eyed and the majority have brown eyes. A century ago, most Americans were blue-eyed but immigration and inter-racial marriage has gradually caused the shift to a predominantly brown-eyed population.
Perhaps people choose to wear blue contact lenses because of their somewhat brighter colour in contrast to their own naturally lighter blue eyes or brown eyes, or they may believe they provide a more vibrant appearance, but whatever the reason there are some important cautions to be aware of concerning contacts of any type.
To correct poor vision or as a fashion statement
A primary reason to wear contacts is to correct impaired vision. Color lenses do not necessarily fall into that category, the choice of tinted and colored lenses is often influenced by current fashion preferences or perhaps the desire to stand out on special occasions.
Prescription required in all cases
Whether for vision correction, fashion, or occasional wear to mark and enjoy the fun of special events, all forms of contact lenses are classified as medical devices and in the United States are governed by law – as they are in most other countries.
Therefore, contact lenses must be prescribed by an eye-care professional after an eye examination, whether the lenses are for corrective purposes or not, and even when required only for occasional wear. Contacts are sometimes offered online without a prescription but that type of sale is a violation of FDA regulations.
Professional advice on care, cleaning and handling
It is essential to clean and take proper care of lenses as a practical matter of hygiene and safety, to prevent eye infections and to maintain their vision qualities.
An eye care professional can ensure that the lenses provide a good and comfortable fit and can also recommend a schedule for how long a period of time they may be safely left in place before removal for the health of the eyes. An eye care specialist can give instructions on the way they should be cleaned and the cleaning agents to use when cleaning becomes necessary.