Benefits of Contact Lens Tweezers

Contact Lens Tweezers
Contact Lens Tweezers

If you wear coloured contact lenses frequently, you may prefer to use contact lens tweezers to handle your lenses. Contact lens tweezers are soft-tipped tweezers that you can use to pick up your lenses. They make it easy to handle your lenses and prevent accidental damage. Some contact lenses can be very delicate and it is easy to scratch or rip a lens. This is especially true if you have long nails – you should never use your nails to pick up a contact lens. Soft-tipped contact lens tweezers are very gentle on the lens and ensure that your lens is not damaged in any way.

Contact lens tweezers also make it easy to maintain good contact lens hygiene. Every time you touch a contact lens, you may introduce bacteria and irritating particles to the lens. Obviously you can reduce this risk by washing your hands thoroughly, but contact lens tweezers reduce it even further. They are easy to keep completely clean and mean less contact between your fingers and the contact lens. Lens tweezers are easy to use, cheap and available from most contact lens shops. There are many benefits to using contact lens tweezers, but the main benefits are as follows:

    • Makes it easier to pick up contact lenses
    • More hygienic than using your fingers
    • Very gentle on contact lenses
    • Easy to keep clean
    • Prevents contact lens rips and damage
    • Reduces germ transfer from your hands to your lenses
    • Ideal for people with long fingernails – reduces damage to lenses


How Long Can I Wear Coloured Contacts For?


When you wear coloured contact lenses for the first time, it is important to know how long you can wear them for. Most coloured contact lenses are not designed to be worn for long periods. If you wear them for longer than recommended you run the risk of discomfort, eye irritation and difficulty when it comes to removing your contact lenses. So how long should you wear them for? Most coloured contact lenses are designed to be worn for up to eight hours at a time. Prescription contact lenses can usually be worn for longer. I recommend wearing your coloured contact lenses for an absolute maximum of eight hours in order to keep your eyes healthy. Obviously there are more than 8 hours in a day, so wear your coloured contacts only for the time when you actually need them. For example, if you are wearing them for a costume party, simply insert your contacts just before the party as opposed to wearing them all day.

Contact Lens “Life Span” and Expiry Dates

If you look at the packaging of your coloured contact lenses you will see an expiry date or instruction to discard your lenses after a certain period. Most coloured contact lenses last for either 1 month, 3 months or 1 year. This is the “life span” of that particular contact lens. It means that once you open the lenses, you can wear them as many times as you like within that period. But you must discard your lenses when that time has passed. Contact lens life spans can vary, so always check the packaging or ask when you purchase your lenses.

Oops, I wore my contacts for too long! What now?

If you accidentally wear your contact lenses for more than 8 hours, it is imperative that you remove your contact lenses immediately. You may find that your eyes are dry or sore, but this should go away if you remove your lenses and give your eyes a chance to recover. Do not wear lenses for at least 48 hours and use eye drops to reduce irritation if necessary.

But what if the contact lens is stuck in your eye? This may happen if you wear your contact lenses for too long, due to the lens drying out. The lens can even become stuck under your top eyelid. The best way to remove a stuck contact lens is to rinse your eye with sterile contact lens solution. This will soften the lens and help it to move to the front of your eye. You can then remove it as normal. If you still cannot remove your coloured contact lens, seek the help of a professional. Most opticians will remove a stuck contact lens, even if you are not registered with the practice.


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How To Clean Coloured Contact Lenses


Learning how to clean your coloured contact lenses correctly is one of the most important things that your can do to protect your eyes. By cleaning your contact lenses properly you will protect your eyes, reduce the risks associated with wearing coloured contact lenses and make sure that they feel comfortable to wear. Fortunately, it very easy to do! This post will show you how to clean coloured contact lenses by following just a few simple steps. You can use this method to clean your lenses before and after you wear them, or if you accidentally drop a contact lens.

So why is it so important to clean your coloured contact lenses? First and foremost, it is important to remove bacteria and irritating particles from your coloured contact lenses before you put them in. Germs and particles will irritate your eyes and can even lead to infections. The second reason is that natural proteins from your eyes can build up on your contact lenses. This is completely normal and happens to everyone, but this residue needs to be removed after each wear. It is for this reason that you should clean your contact lenses after you remove them. Lastly, the act of cleaning your contact lenses ensures that they remain soft and comfortable to wear.

How To Clean Contact Lenses

This is a basic method that you can use to clean any reusable contact lenses. Reusable contact lenses are designed to be worn repeatedly and must be cleaned and stored correctly in between wearing. This simple method will remove germs, irritating particles (i.e. dust) and natural build-up. It will keep your contacts clean and comfortable to wear, thereby reducing the risk of eye irritation. To clean your contact lenses you will need a bottle of contact lens solution.

    1. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap. You should always wash your hands before handling contact lenses or touching your eyes.
    2. Place the lens in the palm of one hand and add a few drops of contact lens solution. Add enough so that the lens is completely covered in solution.
    3. Use a fingertip to gently rub the contact lens in the solution. Use a circular motion to rub the lens for up to one minute.
      Inspect the contact lens. It should look clean, with no visible dirt on the lens. The lens should have a curved shape and the edges should look smooth. Check the lens for signs of damage – never wear a damaged contact lens. If you can see any visible dirt or particles, repeat the process using fresh contact lens solution.
    4. Once the lens looks clean you can either wear it or store it. Store your contact lenses in a clean contact lens case filled with fresh contact lens solution.


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Coloured Contact Lens Cases

No matter what type of coloured contact lenses you wear, you will need a contact lens case to store them in. Most colour contact lenses are sold in packaging that cannot be resealed, so if you want to wear the lenses again, you’ll need to buy a storage case. There are a few different types of contact lens cases available, but you can see the two most popular types below. Regardless of which contact lens case you choose, the most important thing is to make sure that both the case and your lenses are kept clean and in good condition. I recommend using a new contact lens case for each pair of lenses. You should never share a contact lens case with other people or use a case that is damaged. When you buy a new case, rinse it out with contact lens solution. Some cases can be boiled or sterilised, but some can not, so check the label before doing so.

Screw Top Coloured Contact Lens Case

Screw Top Coloured Contact Lens Case
Screw Top Coloured Contact Lens Case

A screw top contact lens case has separate compartments for the lenses and each compartment has its own screw-on lid. These lens cases are very easy to use and clean. They keep the lenses separate, which makes them easy to handle and pick up. The flat shape is easy to store and great for travel. Screw top coloured contact lens cases are widely available and very cheap, so they don’t add to much to the cost of wearing coloured lenses.


Barrel Coloured Contact Lens Case

Barrel Contact Lens Case
Barrel Contact Lens Case

This type of contact lens case is more associated with prescription contact lenses but is just as good for storing coloured contact lenses. Barrel lens cases have two flip-down sections in which the lenses are stored. The barrel is filled with contact lens solution, so the lenses are kept submerged in solution at all times. This type of contact lens case is a little more fiddly to use but allows the lenses to be surrounded by solution on all sides. They can be more fragile and therefore not as good for travel, but are still a great option for storing any contact lens.


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How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses

How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses

Welcome to our series on How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses! Whether you wear coloured contacts every day or just on Halloween, it is very important to know how to wear, clean and store your contact lenses correctly. Incorrect use of coloured contact lenses can lead to eye irritation, but this can be avoided by doing your research before you wear them. You may have heard of some risks associated with wearing coloured contact lenses. You will be glad to hear that these risks can be avoided by looking after your lenses properly. As long as your coloured contact lenses are kept clean and stored correctly, the risk of eye irritation is very low indeed. In this series we will shoe you how to choose the right coloured contact lenses for your eyes, as well as how to wear them and keep your eyes healthy at the same time. Wearing coloured contact lenses is fun, but only if you also protect your eyes!

There are many different types and brands of coloured contact lenses available. So we will also be looking at which types of contact lenses look best on different eye colours and which will give you to best value for money. With so many to choose from, it’s always good to have a helping hand. So check back each week to learn more about how to wear coloured contact lenses.


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Gorgeous Brown Contact Lenses

Whether your natural eye colour is dark or light, brown contact lenses are a fabulous way to update your style and light up your whole look. Brown colour contacts are very flattering and can really transform your look. If you have blue or green eyes, a pair of brown contacts will add warmth and drama to your features. If you already have brown or black eyes, you can use brown contact lenses to intensify your eyes or add a little extra glamour to your look. There are hundreds of different brown contact lenses available online, but below are two of the most popular varieties.

Natural Look Brown Contact Lenses

These natural brown contact lenses are specially designed to look convincing, but with added drama and depth. When selecting natural brown contact lenses, it is important to find a design that compliments your natural colouring and skin tone. The Glimmer and Mystic lenses below both have a clear background, which means that they can blend in with your natural eye colour. These lenses look very natural on green, hazel or grey eyes, but less so on blue eyes. The 3-Tone Brown Contact Lenses, on the other hand, cover your natural eye colour completely and will look gorgeous regardless of your natural colour.

Brown Circle Lenses

Brown Circle Contact Lenses
Brown Circle Contact Lenses

Another popular variety of brown contacts are brown circle lenses, a lovely example of which you can see here. These contacts feature a dramatic black outer ring that makes them really stand out. They are inspired by the wide-eyed look of anime characters and give your eyes a truly unique look. These brown circle lenses give a sweet but soulful look and make your eyes look bigger.


Easy Witch Halloween Costume

Witch Halloween Costume

Need a last minute Halloween costume? For women, you can’t go wrong with a classic witch costume – a basic witch Halloween costume is easy to put together from items in your wardrobe, plus black is always stylish! You can make your witch costume as simple or eye-catching as you like, depending on what you have to hand. For an easy witch Halloween costume all you will need is a black dress and a witches’ hat, plus any accessories you can rustle up at the last minute. Stripy tights, spider earrings or a wild grey wig are all great ways to add flair, or you can get creative with make up. Full green make up can be tricky, but you can make a real statement with just pale foundation and eyeshadow. You could create a gaunt look with hollow cheeks, or go as a glamorous witch with shimmery eyeshadow, dramatic winged eyeliner and purple lipstick.

Witch Halloween Contact Lenses

If you have time, Halloween contact lenses are a great way to make a simple costume more effective. You can find a great choice of witch contact lenses online, including the selection below. Go for classic witchy green eyes, dramatic blackout contact lenses or even spooky all-white contact lenses. Coloured contact lenses will make your witch costume stand out and can be worn again with another Halloween costume or to another party.

Natural Blue Contact Lenses

Fancy changing your eye colour for a day? Natural-look contact lenses are a great way to change your eye colour and completely transform your look – but just for a day! There are many different types of contact lenses available, including lenses that are specially designed to look natural and convincing. Natural blue contact lenses are one of the best ways to transform your eyes. The blue is a universally flattering eye colour that will light up your complexion and give you a beautiful new look. There are so many different colours to choose from, I have picked out a few natural blue contact lenses that will work for anyone. Personally, I find that it is important to consider how dark or light the coloured contact lenses are in comparison to your own eyes. For example, deep blue contact lenses with a black outline look more natural if you have dark brown eyes; while pale blue contacts look best on people with light hazel or green eyes.

Natural Look Blue Contact Lenses

Here you can see three of my favourite natural look blue contact lenses. These lenses are specially designed to blend in with your natural eye colour for a soft, convincing effect. The two lenses on the left are especially good at this. They feature a dappled pattern on a clear background. The background lets your natural eye colour show through, giving a natural blended effect. The lens on the right does not have a clear background. It has a lovely deep colour and dramatic outline, perfect for people with dark-coloured eyes.


Natural Blue Contact Lens Kit

Natural Blue Contact Lens Kit
Natural Blue Contact Lens Kit

You can also buy your natural blue contact lenses in a kit. These kits have everything you will need to wear and clean your contact lenses. This includes contact lens solution and a contact lens storage case. It is very important to keep your contact lenses clean and store them correctly in between uses. This will keep your eyes safe and reduce the risk of eye irritation.