Color Contact Lenses for Light Eyes - What Works Best?

You may ask why a person with naturally blue or green eyes would want to wear color contact lenses? One reason is to make the natural color look brighter and more defined. Another reason is to change the hue just a bit - ad a touch of emerald to naturally blue eyes, for instance, and you will get a beautiful aquamarine.

All color contacts can be separated into two types - enhancement color lenses and opaque color lenses. Both will work for people with light eyes, although enhancers would be the smarter choice.

Enhancement color lenses are about 70-80% transparent. They are designed not to change your natural eye color, but to brighten it, making your eyes appear more interesting. Since the lens is partially transparent and the natural pattern of your iris is visible through it, enhancers look very natural.

If you have gray eyes and you want to give them a tint of blue or green, enhancement lenses would do the trick. However, don't expect dramatic changes.

Since enhancement color lenses are partially transparent, they would look very different on different people. Don't pay to much attention to how the model who wears the sample looks, because it is likely that on you the lenses will have a different effect.

Most contact lens manufacturers present enhancement color contact lenses collections. Here are several that get the most favorable consumer reviews.

Freshlook by Ciba Vision offers two collections for light eyes - Freshlook Radiance and Freshlook Dimensions. Freshlook Radiance are enhancement color lenses that make your eyes appear shining. They can also change your natural color substantially. The colors offered are Moonlight, Autumn and Eden.

Freshlook Dimensions are unique lenses that make your eyes appear larger and create depth, as well as make your natural color more vivid. Dimensions are lighter than Radiance and come in Aqua, Sea Green and Pacific Blue. Both Freshlook Radiance and Freshlook Dimensions are monthly disposable lenses.

Acuvue 2 Colors enhancers is another option. They come in Ocean Blue, Aquamarine and Emerald Green. Acuvue 2 Colors are 2-week disposable contacts; they are very thin and most wearers say that it doesn't feel like you're wearing anything in your eyes.

The lighter your eyes, the bigger the impact that enhancement color lenses will have on them. If your eyes are medium gray, blue or hazel the effect will be hardly noticeable. For dramatic change, you will need opaque color contacts.

Tanya Turner is a contact lens expert and a founder of m/, where you can find unbiased information about eye health and all types of contact lenses with reviews and pictures

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