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Green Contact Lenses

Updated on March 2, 2010

Colored contact lenses are a great way to change your look – just pop in your green contact lenses and you’ll instantly look like a different person! Contact lenses were originally developed to correct vision but for many years have also been used for purely cosmetic reasons.

Green is the most sought after eye color and also the rarest. Only about 2%-5% of people in the world have true green eyes. True green is a shade of blue, rather than hazel which is a greenish shade of brown. Most people in the world have brown eyes as the gene for brown is dominant over blue.

But no need to worry about what color eyes you were born with as you can now buy colored contact lenses in any color you choose and green lenses will give you those sought after green eyes!

photo by weirdcolor on flickr
photo by weirdcolor on flickr

Green contact lenses are produced by all the top makers of colored contact lenses including Acuvue, CIBA Vision and Focus among others. There are many different shades of green available to suit all skin and hair colors. You may have to try a few different brands and shades before you find the lenses that are perfect for you.

If you already have green or blue eyes you should choose a translucent green contact lens that will enhance your natural eye color. If your eyes are a naturally light color, this is a great way to make the color more intense.

If you have brown eyes then you’ll need to choose more opaque lenses that will completely change your eye color. These lenses are not usually a solid color but more a pattern of dots and lines in varying shades that mimic the look of the iris.

You should only wear contact lenses for a short period of time at first and then slowly increase this time until your eyes get used to the lenses. It is important to give your eyes chance to breathe and colored contact lenses should only be worn for a maximum of 8 hours at a time unless they are high-oxygen lenses specifically designed to be worn for longer periods of time. Also different types of contact lenses are designed to be kept for different periods of times. Disposable lenses should be discarded after 24 hours but longer-life lenses can be kept for up to three months. It is essential to clean your lenses according to the manufacturer instructions to ensure a long lifetime and avoid eye infections.

For those of you looking for something extra-special, perhaps to be worn when out clubbing, it’s now even possible to buy glow-in-the-dark contact lenses that will shine a luminous green in dark clubs – sure to get you noticed in the dark!


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