Best Contact Lenses for Brown Eyes
With the increased availability of coloured contact lenses, it’s never been a better time to experiment with your eye colour. If you have naturally dark-coloured eyes, however, you may be wondering just how good these tinted lenses could enhance your irises.
Yes, it’s true that coloured contact lenses often appear sharper on people with light-coloured eyes; but that doesn’t mean people with brown eyes can’t have fun with coloured lenses. In this post, we’ll explore everything brown-eyed people should know when shopping for coloured contacts.
Opaque Versus Enhanced: What’s The Difference?
If you have dark eyes and want to wear coloured lenses, then you should look for the word “opaque” in the lenses’ description. Unlike “enhanced” or “enhancer” lenses, opaque coloured contacts are specifically designed to cover darker coloured eyes like brown, amber, and hazel.
One potential drawback of using opaque contacts, however, is that they tend to make your eyes stand out more than usual. You might find the change in eye colour a bit too jarring depending on your taste. If this is the case, then you might consider trying enhancer lenses or a different opaque lens brand until you find the style you want.
A Few Fun Facts About Brown Eyes
While we’re on the subject, did you know that everyone technically has brown eyes? It’s true!
The only thing that differentiates people’s eye colours is the amount of melanin that’s in the irises. As you may already know, melanin is a brown pigment that could also be found in the skin and hair. So, technically what you’re seeing when you see different “eye colours” is really a different amount of light refracted out of the eyes.
Our genes heavily determine the amount of melanin in our eyes. Amazingly, close to 80 percent of the global population has brown eyes, and close to 100 percent of people with African and/or Asian genes develop this eye colour. For some odd reason, only people of European descent tend to develop rare eye colours such as blue, green, or grey.
One benefit of having brown eyes is that they can block out more UV rays compared with light coloured eyes. Even more strangely, people with blue eyes seem to have a genetic predisposition to alcohol dependency.
This doesn’t mean, however, brown-eyed people can leave their sunglasses at home and drink all night. Believe it or not, recent research suggests brown-eyed people have a higher chance of developing cataracts compared to people with blue eyes.
Interested in learning even more fun facts about eye colour? If so, check out this fascinating post on our Education portal.
Looking For Coloured Lenses? Check Out These Links
We are proud to offer a wide variety of coloured and special effects contact lenses sure to add some spice to your daily routine. To accommodate all eye types, we have both opaque and enhancer lenses in all of our coloured lens categories.
Our coloured lenses are also offered in zero power for people who don’t require prescription lenses. Those who are solely using these contact lenses for cosmetic purposes, however, still need to get their eyes professionally measured by an optometrist before buying any lenses on our website.
People who wear improperly fitted lenses often experience extreme eye discomfort once they place these contacts in their eyes. Contact lenses that aren’t fitted to your eyes could also cause permanent damage to your corneas.
In addition to getting a proper contact lens fitting, please treat these coloured contacts as you would traditional lenses. This means throwing lenses away once they pass their expiration date, only washing lenses in pre-approved solution, and taking out your contact lenses before showering, swimming, and sleeping.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 26 Jun 2017, Last modified: 10 Feb 2020