Color Variation in Contact Lenses

Due to their rarity and recessive genetic nature, pale eyes have long been desirable. Until the introduction of colored contacts, there was no way for those born with dark eyes to mimic the appearance of blue or green eyes. Highly popular in actors and actresses, many people now make use of colored contacts, whether necessary for correcting refractory errors or not.

Like any other kind of contact lens, colored lenses must be fit and prescribed by a doctor.

Opaque Contacts

Opaque contacts are painted with a solid layer of color around the iris and a clear center. They are designed to change the color of even dark eyes. The natural appearance of the eye does not show through, allowing opaque lenses to completely mask the underlying color.


Enhancers, also known as medium tints, are intended to enhance or alter but not obscure one’s natural eye color. Enhancers are designed to be worn by individuals with pale eyes and will have no effects on dark eyes.

Visibility Tinted Lenses

Visibility tinted lenses have a very slight colored tint, generally blue, added to the lens. Unlike opaque lenses and enhancers, they will not change or mask the color of the eye in any way. Instead, the tints are used to help make a lens more visible in a lens case or should one fall out or drop. Visibility lenses are also called VISITINT or LiteTint.

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