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A Few Things To Know Before Getting Cosmetic Contacts

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Whether it's to subtly change the natural color of your eyes or to create a shocking Halloween costume, cosmetic contact lenses can have a dramatic and interesting affect on your appearance. The eye is the most striking part of the face, so altering its appearance can change the impression you give to others.

But it's important to remember that contact lenses are more than a fashion accessory – they're a medical device. Treat them properly, and you'll be sure to get the most out of them. Whether you're going for a subtle look or you want bold and astonishing new eyes, properly-fitted colored contacts can make a big – and stunning – difference in your appearance.

Don't Buy Without A Contact Lens Prescription

Even if you have perfect 20/20 vision, you'll still need an eye exam and a prescription before you can get cosmetic lenses. Lenses are very complex – they need to fit your eyes properly. And even if you already have prescription glasses, you can't simply use the same prescription to buy contacts.

A contact lens prescription doesn't just contain information about how to correct your vision; it also describes the shape of your eyes to make sure the contacts fit properly. Ill-fitting contacts can cause eye irritation and medical problems. If you're going to have striking eyes, you don't want to be constantly blinking or rubbing them due to irritation – or worse.

And very importantly, having an eye exam beforehand means that the eye doctor will have a chance to talk to you about how to properly take care of your contact lenses.

Keep Your Prescription Up-To-Date

If you already have a prescription for contact lenses, make sure that it's not too old. After an eye exam, your doctor should have given you a copy of your prescription. But your eyes change over time – your prescription should also have an expiration date listed on it.

This date was determined by your eye doctor based on his or her prediction for when your eyes need to be rechecked. If you're past the expiration date on your prescription, set up an appointment to get a new one.

Follow Contact Lens Hygiene

Your eye doctor will walk you through the important information about how to take care of your contacts. You'll need to keep your hands clean when inserting and removing your contacts, and make sure to use a contact lens cleaning solution to clean your lenses, not water or saline. Keeping your contacts as sterile as possible is very important.

Don't Share Lenses

Although your new eyes might be the envy of your friends, don't give in and let any of them try your contacts. Beyond the risk of passing contamination between your eyes, remember that your contacts were made just for you based on the shape of your corneas. They should fit you perfectly – and that means that they don't fit anyone else.

For more information, contact a company like Brooks Eyecare with any questions or concerns you have.