Now more than ever there is an impressive breadth of contact lenses on the market and getting to grips with the differences can be a daunting task for many, especially if you are a newbie to the world of contacts (you are not alone). Regular lenses for eye correction have been pushed through colored contacts to alter the iris’s appearance and some companies, including us at Solὀtica, have ranges that join both of those together by providing colored lenses with prescription. Today’s possibilities are endless! With that being said, you can see where the confusion starts, but don’t fret-we have outlined a guide on the differences, and an added extra know-how for guidance on our favorite Solὀtica lenses (you will love them!).

Regular Contact Lenses vs. Colored Contacts

Let’s begin with regular contacts…

Difference Between Clear and Colored Contacts

For those of you who don’t have 20/20 vision…we feel for you, prescription contact lenses are a great choice for people who need vision correction. These lenses ‘float’ on the surface of the cornea, refracting and refocusing light so objects appear clear. A wonderful option for people who dislike wearing glasses or who have an active lifestyle. To add to their versatility, they can be purchased in a wide variety of materials including soft lenses from hydrogels. Silicone hydrogel lenses are the most popular type as they allow more oxygen to the eye. Wearing lenses can dry out the eye so we can see why everyone loves these-it’s all about hydration right? On the other spectrum, there are also gas permeable lenses (hard lenses) and these maintain their shape and are most suitable to correct astigmatism and similar eye conditions. The terminology can be adapted further…we hope you are keeping up, with differently shaped lenses. Toric lenses which are weighted at the bottom help correct astigmatism, spherical lenses help correct near-sightedness and farsightedness, and there are also lenses for monovision, bifocals, and multifocal. Now the heavy stuff is behind us, we can progress onto wear time. Most soft contacts fall into one of the three: daily, biweekly, and monthly. Daily lenses are disposable lenses recommended to only be worn 14 hours a day and discarded in the evening after use. Biweeklies are lenses that can be worn for up to 14 days, cleaned after use with a solution, and kept safe in a storage pot, and monthlies are the same but for a month.

Now we progress to colored contacts…

Difference Between Clear and Colored Contact Lenses

Changing the appearance of eye color has become not just a want but a need. With so many new and exciting shades and tints, people can transform their eyes and take on a new identity-isn’t that wonderful! These lenses don’t have to completely transform the iris and instead can add extra depth or vibrancy to your natural eye color to ensure they sparkle. Or for some, going bold and opting for the opposite shade is the way forward (why not). At Solὀtica we have an incredible range of cosmetic lenses and are branded the most popular company for natural-looking colored contacts. We provide yearly, quarterly, monthly, and daily lenses in natural colorings: blues, greens, browns, and grays, with 7 amazing range of colored contact lenses to choose from: Natural Colors, Hidrocor, Hidrocor Rio, Aquarella Quarterly, Hidrocor Monthly, Solflex Natural Colors Monthly and Aquarella Daily. Even the darkest of eyes can be covered, with fantastic results. Our favorite colored contacts are Hidrocor Mel - a gorgeous green-colored lens, Natural Colors Quartzo - a refreshing light gray lens, and Aquarella Castanha Brown - a gorgeous rich brown contact lens.

For a little added extra…

Luckily people who wear glasses or need contacts to correct their eyesight can also wear colored lenses, and there is an extensive selection on the market that provides prescriptions as an option. Solὀtica is no exception, and we offer colored lenses with prescription that ranges from powers -10.00 to +5.00. We even have toric lenses for astigmatism - a customised colored contact lens for astigmatism prescription! So, there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s vision-perfect!

We hope the above has helped to decipher your queries on regular lenses and colored contact lenses. Living in today’s world is exciting as we have an endless variety of lenses on hand to explore new versions of ourselves and switch up our style. Having the ability to personalise our own appearance is empowering. Try them for yourself with Solὀtica.