Most people prefer wearing contact lenses to eyeglasses for so many reasons. The first one is because it provides a natural view without the thick frames hindering peripheral vision. The second is because it is more convenient for fashion terms. People are not aware that there are colored contacts that can fix astigmatism.
It is always a priority to seek the advice of your eye doctor regarding this matter. It is a big no-no to buy colored contacts without a prescription because you may have a corneal infection and poor vision.
Colored contact lenses are popular among teens and college students but it should be for vision-correcting purposes only. Research done by Australian optometrist in 2004 showed that after wearing contacts they have experienced lower visual performance. There is also a study regarding cosmetic contact lens-related infection by Singaporean researchers.
Vision-correcting contacts are to correct farsightedness or hyperopia, nearsightedness or myopia, or astigmatism. Cosmetic contacts refer to lenses that do not have any vision correction. There are a variety of colors and designs of contact lenses.
Remember that contact lenses are not one size for all. It should be designed and customized for each of your eyes for comfort and better visual acuity.
Is It Safe to Use Colored Contacts?
Check the contacts that you are using if it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A contact lens manufacturer produced a study in 2013 that showed that if contact lenses are properly prescribed by your eye doctor and used with proper hygiene, it is safe to use.
Using contact lenses comes with a risk no matter what type you are wearing. The common risk is the movement of contact lenses when they blink. Another risk you can develop is an allergic reaction because redness of the eye and pain can occur if you have eye irritation from the contact lens or the contact lens solution.
How Colored Contacts Can Correct Astigmatism?
The prescribed type is toric contact lenses to correct astigmatism. The color is irrelevant to the vision correction that the toric design has. You can choose whatever color you want, as long as it is prescribed by your doctor.
Soft toric lenses provide a clearer vision because it takes several fitting for it to fit perfectly in your eye. The disadvantage of toric lenses is it can move while worn because of the silicone hydrogen component that makes them soft.