Are you searching for colored contact lenses for astigmatism?
Many people enjoy wearing colored contact lenses. If you suffer from astigmatism, you may think that colored contact lenses for you don’t exist.
The good news is that colored contact lenses for astigmatism certainly exist! The bad news (or at least, the less than good news) is that colored contact lenses for astigmatism are more difficult to craft than normal contact lenses. This makes them a little more expensive than traditional contacts. This is also true for other forms of correction for astigmatism, including LASIK for astigmatism.
In this post, our eye experts at Shreveport Eye Specialists will give you a quick rundown on colored contact lenses for astigmatism. We will also list a few brands with a line of colored contacts for astigmatism.
How Do Colored Contact Lenses for Astigmatism Work?
The cornea is the clear part of your eye. For us to see, light passes through the cornea, through the pupil and lens of your eye, and onto the retina. In people with perfect vision, light falls directly onto the focal point, directly at the back of the eye.
Astigmatism is what we call it when the cornea is misshapen. A cornea with astigmatism will be more football-shaped than golfball-shaped. As light passes through the misshapen cornea, it distorts and does not fall onto the focal point.
Colored contact lenses for astigmatism have lines, dots, and shapes that cover the iris and change its color. Colored contact lenses are usually soft toric lenses. They are clear in the center, over the pupil.
Toric lenses are the most common contact lenses for astigmatism. When you wear contact lenses, light passes through the contact before it touches your cornea. The contact lenses will bend the light in a way that even after passing through your cornea, it will hit the focal point.
What Brands Have Colored Contact Lenses for Astigmatism?
The FDA considers all contact lenses medical devices. Even contacts that are purely aesthetic and do not correct vision are medical devices.
Contacts that correct for astigmatism are more specialized than contacts for nearsightedness and farsightedness. When those contacts are also colored, the price can more than double.
Naturally, colored contact lenses for astigmatism are pretty expensive. There are also fewer options.
Some brand names of colored contact lenses are:
How Do I Get Colored Contact Lenses for Astigmatism?
The first step to getting contact lenses of any kind is to see an eye doctor. There, you can obtain a prescription, and an optometrist can measure and fit you for contact lenses.
Contacts for astigmatism need incredibly detailed measurements. They may even need to be completely custom, depending on how irregular your cornea is. When your contacts are custom-made, they can also be custom-tinted.
Usually, colored contacts of any kind come in an enhancement tint or an opaque tint.
Enhancement tints are good for light-colored eyes. They won’t change your eye color but just enhance it and make it more vibrant. These lenses are usually transparent.
An opaque tint in contacts actually does change the color of your eye. It does this by altering the appearance of the iris. If you have dark eyes, you need an opaque tint in order to notice any difference in eye color.
Are There Drawbacks to Colored Contact Lenses For Astigmatism?
There are a few drawbacks to colored contact lenses. Some of them are drawbacks to contacts in general, while others are unique to colored contact lenses.
Drawbacks to Colored Contacts
These drawbacks hold true for colored contacts for astigmatism as well as traditional colored contacts.
First, colored contacts only have tint over your iris. They will be clear over your pupil and over the whites of your eyes. This means if they move at all, they may become noticeable. For instance, if your colored contact moves and the tinted part of the lenses shift to the whites of your eyes, it will be apparent you are wearing colored contacts.
Second, contacts with an opaque tint have a clear center, over the pupil. The size of this clear spot is stagnant; it does not change size. Your pupil, however, does change size. If you are in a lighting environment where your pupils dilate to a larger size than the clear spot, part of your pupil will be behind the tinted part of the lens. This may impact your vision.
Drawbacks to Traditional Contacts
There are a few risks to contacts of any kind. Some of these risks include:
- Corneal infections
- Pink eye
- Ulcerations and scratches on the cornea
- Vision impairment
Colored contacts carry all these risks as well. But many of these risks, especially the more serious ones, are highly rare. You can avoid even minor risks by following your eye doctor’s instructions, as well as the manufacturer’s instructions. You should wear your contacts according to the instructions, and replace them as necessary. You must also wash and store your contacts as directed.
It is important that you also only use a retailer that is FDA-approved when you are choosing colored contacts.
Are There Alternatives to Contacts for Astigmatism
Many people use colored contacts as a fun way to change their appearance temporarily. But if you are actually correcting your vision, there are many ways to do so, even for people with astigmatism.
The FDA recognizes contact lenses, eyeglasses, and LASIK as methods to correct astigmatism. For instance, if you choose to get LASIK to correct your astigmatism, you can still wear colored contacts; you just won’t need them to correct your vision. This will obviously bring down the cost of your colored contacts.
Contact Shreveport Eye Specialists
The current market for colored contacts for astigmatism is small, but it is growing and changing every day.
For more information about colored contact lenses, contact Shreveport Eye Specialists by calling 318.771.7597. You can schedule an appointment by phone. You can also contact the front office staff by leaving a message on our website.