Custom Contact Lenses - Buy Contacts Online
Where you can buy custom contact lenses online
If you wear custom contact lenses, you can thank Otto Wichterle.
You don't know who Otto Wichterle is?
Well in 1961 he created something that we all know about.
But I don't think Otto could have imagined back then what his invention would lead to.
Of course contact lens in their "purest" forms are just for replacing glasses and correcting vision.
However, we cant leave well enough alone and they slowly moved from practical use to cosmetic.
Can you imagine a TV show or movie creature, alien, demon or monster without freaky special effect contact lenses?
Or what about popping in some custom contacts yourself just to freak people out?
The technical name for this type of lens (according to the FDA) is decorative contact lenses and they go from just changing the color of the eyes, to giving you a weird unearthly appearance.
Here are some companies where you can buy contacts online ranging from the classic cat eyes contacts to the just plain crazy colored contact lenses.
Please look at the section below "A Word of Warning About Special Effect Contact Lenses" before buying ANY special effects contact Lenses.
They are your eyes people and you only get one set!
There is a company called 9mm SFX that specializes in this type of contact just for special effects.
Now these lenses are not for play, they are serious business.
These are actually high end, high dollar contacts like you would see in TV and movies.
For example they have "demon", "cat eye", "Darth Maul", "Glow in the dark", "Selene" and a whole host of others styles.
They range from $200 to $350 a pair.
You can take a look at their inventory and buy them online at their website here:
Fashion Contact Lenses
Fashion Contact Lenses also carries a huge variety of special effects lenses, and even some that are basically cosmetic in design.
Their "Extreme Color Cosmetic Lenses" have items like "Affectionate Caramel Extreme Color Contact Lenses" and the "Amorous Aqua Extreme Color Contact Lenses" that just look pretty.
But if you want to go extreme, you can move into their Crazy Lenses, Special FX lenses and Theatrical lenses.
They even have full eye contact lenses so you can go for the blind "Master Po" look, or the black sclera contact lenses that make your eyes totally black.
I think my favorite out of their whole site is the "Heighast Special Fx Lenses" that are patterened after the Black Widow spider.
And on the plus side, Fashion Contact Lenses runs about £36.95 and up.
I have no idea what that is in American currency.
You can check them out here:
CoastalContacts.com is also another big supplier of custom contact lenses.
They carry lenses like "Twilight", "Black Sclera", "T Virus", "Underworld", "Pinhead" and more.
Their price range is about $29.50 and up.
Another lens that has become popular is the Circle Contact Lens.
These lenses are popular in South Korea, Japan, China and other Asian nations.
The lenses started out in South Korea being used by by Korean celebrities to give their eyes a wide-eyed, doll-like image.
They spread after that into the Eoljjang (Uljjang or ulzzang) scene which equates big eyes, small noses and fair skin with beauty.
I don't think any company in the US carries them yet, but you can see a selection of Circle Contact lenses at CircleLens2U.com here:
And there is another site called e-circlelens.com that has a somewhat larger selection of Circle Contact Lens, and prices in American dollars as well.
Their prices are in the $30 to $40 dollar range.
You can visit their website here:
Another of the biggest custom contact dealer online at the moment appears to be Custom Contacts.
They offer Prosthetic lenses, Cosmetic lenses and Special effects lenses.
They also note on their website that:
"Prior to lens ordering, all patients seeking special effect custom contact lenses must have an eye examination either in our New York City office or with another eye care professional in order to provide the following information: Keratometry (K) Readings, Iris Diameter (mm), Pupil Size (mm), Iris Color, Design Requested"
So you cannot just order them online and slap 'em in your eyes.
You would think that VampFangs.com only sold vampire fangs.
But they also carry a full line of custom contact lenses.
According to their website they have...Immortal FX Lenses (color changing lenses) Theatrical FX Lenses and Hand Painted FX Lenses.
And like Custom Contacts, there is a disclaimer that states...
"FDA now considers all contact lens a medical device (this includes plano lenses) and can only be sold with the involvement of a Eye Care Professional. Please fax in your current prescription in with your contact lens order. If you can not find your prescription, please fax us your doctors name and fax number and we will contact them on your behalf."
A Word of Warning About Special Effect Contact Lenses
Now before you start going all crazy with these, remember that there are certain health risks involved with contacts.
Check out the companies you get them from and make sure they are reputable before you buy custom contact lenses online.
Since the safety of The Circle Contact lenses has been called into question as of late I decided to check on the safety issues with some of the companies I have listed here.
This is what I found....
From 9mm SFX FAQ...
Q. Are the contact lenses used by 9mm Special Effects FDA approved?
A. Yes, the contact lenses used by 9mm are approved by the FDA.
Coastal Contact Lenses requires a prescription to order.
From CircleLens2U.com FAQ section...
Q: Is cosmetic contact lens safe to wear?
A: As it was made of material approved by FDA and manufactured with the advanced sandwiched method, the colorant do no come into contact with eyes and will not permeated. Considering how many cosmetic contact lenses are sold and the few complaints we hear they are surprisingly safe if proper instructions are complied with. That means washing the hands before handling the contact lens, not sharing your contact lens with others, disinfecting the contact lens on a regular basis, using the proper contact lens solutions and not wearing the contact lens any longer than your doctor has recommended.
Q: Is an eye exam required before ordering contact lenses?
A: Not if you are currently user and already been prescripted and have been successfully wearing it. Otherwise, you need to be examined for contact lenses to get a prescription, to get proper instructions, and to receive follow up care.
Q: Do I have to get an eye exam before I can order contact lens?
A: Yes, it is best if you saw a doctor before ordering a contact lens to be sure if you are a good candidate for a colored contact lens, to get proper instructions, and to receive follow up care. If you have a prescription that is more than 2 years old, you should be reexamined before ordering a contact lens. If your prescription is less than 2 years old and you are starting to notice some changes in your vision, you should be reexamined as well.
Q: Do I need a prescription to get a contact lens?
A: Yes. Even if you do not need any vision correction, you still need to know your base curve. When you need vision correction, we also need your power for both eyes in soft contact lens prescription.
The others I didn't see any info on safety issues.
Before buying any of these lenses you may want to look at these articles...
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