Are coloured contact lenses safe?

Medically reviewed by Tina Patel, Contact Lens Optician at Feel Good Contacts.

Coloured contact lenses are a fun way to change your look. They can be used as an everyday style update or to enhance your costumes on special occasions such as birthdays. You can try our comfi Crazy Halloween contact lenses to add the finishing touch to your costume, they even work on dark eyes as well as lighter eye colours.

These lenses are a great addition to your look, but it’s important to remember that they are medical devices and require proper contact lens care to ensure your eyes remain healthy during and after wear.

Coloured contact lens safety

Coloured contact lenses are a fun way to add to your everyday look, but you should take certain precautions when wearing contact lenses.

Get a contact lens fitting

A contact lens fitting is vital before you go out and purchase your lenses. A fitting will ensure the lenses are the correct size for the dimensions of your eyes specifically. The perfect fit will ensure comfort throughout wear whereas lenses that don’t fit you properly will cause discomfort and irritation.

Only buy your coloured contacts from reputable retailers

The risks of coloured contact lenses come not just from improper hygiene; it can also come from buying your lenses from unsafe vendors. Don’t be tempted to buy coloured lenses from market stall vendors, beauty shops or costume shops. Reputable sellers of contact lenses can be found at pharmacies, opticians and online.

Feel Good Contacts only sell high-quality and safe contact lenses from a wide selection of renowned brands, as well as their own premium and affordable brand, comfi. You can try our comfi Crazy Halloween contact lenses to add the finishing touch to your costume, they even work on dark eyes as well as lighter eye colours.

The risks of coloured contact lenses come not just from improper hygiene; they can also come from buying your lenses from unsafe vendors. Don’t be tempted to buy coloured lenses from market stall vendors, beauty shops or costume shops. Reputable sellers of contact lenses can be found at pharmacies, opticians and online. Feel Good Contacts only sell high-quality and safe contact lenses from a wide selection of renowned brands, as well as their own premium and affordable brand, comfi.

Keep two weekly and monthly lenses clean

If you are wearing 2 weekly or monthly coloured contact lenses, the lenses must be cleaned and stored in contact lens solution after each wear. This is to ensure the lenses are fully disinfected before you wear them again. Daily disposable coloured contact lenses offer a convenient option for those that have busy lifestyles, or those that simply want to wear their coloured lenses for a special occasion.

Don’t wear your lenses longer than you should

You shouldn’t wear your lenses for longer than is recommended. Daily lenses should not be worn any longer than a day, after which they must be thrown away. Monthly and 2 weekly lenses can be worn daily if they are cleaned and stored when not in use. As the name suggests, monthly lenses must be thrown away 30 days after opening and 2 weekly lenses must be discarded 2 weeks after opening.

Never share your contact lenses

When a friend mentions they want to wear a coloured lens for their costume, and you just so happen to have coloured lenses at home, it can be tempting to let your friend borrow your lenses. You should never share your contact lenses with someone else. If you do, you could be putting yourself (or your friend) at risk of developing an eye infection.

We are all unique and our eyes come in different shapes and sizes. The lens that fits you might not necessarily fit your friend. If you wear a lens that isn’t the right size for you, the lens will not sit properly on the cornea, resulting in discomfort and potentially damage to the cornea.

What are the signs of an eye infection from coloured contacts?

Some eye infections can cause:

  • Blurry vision
  • Pain, redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Crusting and/or secretion
  • Sensitivity to light

If you experience any kind of discomfort, pain or vision issues from wearing your contact lenses, you should visit your optician.

How can I prevent eye infections?

Proper contact lens care is essential for keeping your eyes healthy. Reusable contact lenses must be cleaned and stored in contact lens solution after every use. Water should also be avoided, as it contains harmful organisms that can cause an eye infection. The smallest amount of residual water on your contact lenses can cause sight-threatening eye infections like acanthamoeba keratitis.

If you suspect you may have an infection, or if you experience any severe symptoms of discomfort or irritation, contact your optician immediately. If your optician is not available, (you are experiencing symptoms out of hours) you can go to your local A&E department. Eye conditions and infections can be spotted in your routine eye test, so ensure that you have a sight test every 2 years, or more frequently if advised to by a health care professional.

Can you wear coloured contacts if you have dry eyes?

If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms, your optician will recommend the best coloured contact lenses to suit you. Unfortunately, if your symptoms are severe, you might not be able to wear coloured lenses.

Choose Feel Good Contacts for coloured contacts

When you’ve taken the correct precautions, there’s no need to have any coloured contact lens health concerns. Safe use of coloured contacts is essential to keeping your eyes healthy. Coloured lenses are perfectly safe to use and can be a fun addition to your style, provided they are used and maintained in the correct way. Buy coloured lenses online at Feel Good Contacts and know that you are buying from a reputable retailer. You can find all your other eye care essentials at an affordable price, at Feel Good Contacts.

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