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How Can I Shop Securely for Colored Contacts?

All personal and debit/credit card information that you provide during the shopping process is encrypted utilizing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) server technology before being transmitted over the Internet.  Furthermore, information provided to us as a result of your online purchase is completely confidential and will not be disclosed or sold to any other party.  

However, if you are uncomfortable entering your personal debit or credit card information online, the Visa Prepaid Card is another secure option we recommend.  The Visa Prepaid card is a Visa card you load with money to use everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.  You can use it to shop securely, online and off.  Visa cards are available from a number of financial institutions, each with its own unique card offerings.  Check your local bank to see if they offer Visa Prepaid Cards.

Visa Prepaid Card

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How to Read Your Contact Lens Prescription

 SPH / D / Power / Spherical  refers to the strength of vision correction for contact lenses.  Measured in diopters, it is scaled in 0.25 increments and is always preceded by a + (plus) or a – (minus).  Minus means the prescription is a correction for nearsightedness (shown here) and a plus would mean a corrective prescription for farsightedness.  The further away from zero, in either direction, the more correction you need.  It is very common to need different corrective powers for each eye.  If you do not require corrective vision, please select the Plano (0.00) option when purchasing contact lenses.

 BC  is the measurement of the “back curvature” of a contact lens and is measured in millimeters.  The lower the number, the steeper the curve.

 DIA  is the diameter of the contact lens, measured in millimeters.

 OD  is the abbreviation for “oculous dexter” which means “right eye.”

 OS  is the abbreviation for “oculous sinister” which means “left eye.”

This is an example of the most basic, but necessary, information on a contact lens prescription.  In addition to the above information, your prescription could also include additional measurements, if you have an astigmatism or if you require specialized lenses, and information about the brand or length of wear time for your lenses.  Your eye care professional knows what is best for your eyes and your health, be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you have with them.

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What are Plano Contact Lenses?

Power refers to the strength of vision correction for contact lenses.  Measured in diopters, it is scaled in 0.25 increments and is always preceded by a + (plus) or a – (minus).  If you do not require corrective vision, please select the Plano (0.00) option when purchasing contact lenses.

The FDA now considers all contact lenses medical devices – this includes non-corrective Plano (0.00) lenses – and can only be sold with the involvement of an eye care professional.  Due to new Federal law, it is required that you, the customer, see an eye care professional and obtain a valid prescription before purchasing any corrective or Plano contact lenses. 

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Popular Colored Contact Lenses

Want to make your costume really amazing?   Colored costume contacts are a great way to add that extra edge to your costume and cmecoloredcontacts.com can help you with that!  Find out how to get the best-looking costume lenses without paying a fortune.

Who offers the best selection of Colored contacts?
Have you already planned your costume and are now looking for the right Colored contacts to go with it?  Or do you just want to browse costume contact lenses until you see a pair that you love and then create your Colored look around them?  In either case, you should first check out the most popular collections of Colored contact lenses available online in our Budget Catagory.  We offer safe and affordable Colored lenses that create amazing effects.

Our most popular lenses are: 

  • White Zombie
  • Blackout
  • Dark Angel
  • Balrog
  • Angelic

Our lenses are manufactured using the same materials, processes, and machines that are used to make conventional (clear) contacts.  They are manufactured, packaged, and sterilized to the highest international standards for contact lenses and are fully compliant with US contact lens manufacture, packaging, and sterilization regulations.  The only difference is that a layer of color is machine printed onto the front surface of the lens. Because the color is on the outside of the lens, it does not actually touch your eye.  The color layer is sealed with a thin layer of clear contact lens material to ensure it does not flake off or irritate your eye.  When properly cared for and fitted on the advice of a licensed eye care professional, they are perfectly safe for your eyes and are just as comfortable as regular clear contacts. 

How much do costume lenses cost?
If you think that theatrical costume lenses are very expensive, you might be pleasantly surprised – you can pick up an exciting pair of Colored costume lenses for about 60 dollars!  We even offer a few lines of colored lenses for even less than that!

Black Sclera lenses are the most expensive of the Colored costume lenses but they do provide the most extreme effect.  Scleral costume lenses are opaque black lenses that cover not only your pupil and iris, but the entire visible area of your eye.  This gives the eyes a very creepy, completely blacked out look. 

How to care for your Colored costume lenses:
Caring for your Colored costume contacts is quite simple – all you need is a no-rub multipurpose solution and a contact lens case.  You can get everything from your local drug store.  There is no special solution for costume contacts so you can use any multipurpose solution – just make sure it’s marked “for soft contact lenses”.  If you have several pairs of scary contacts, each should live in its own case.

Step by step care for costume lenses:
1. Always wash your hands with non-cream based soap before handling contact lenses.
2. Pick up the lens gently (avoid using your fingernails), place it in your palm, and rinse it with a no-rub contact lens solution.
3. Now the lens is ready to put into your eye.  Place the lens on your dry fingertip and insert into your eye.
4. After taking your costume lenses out, give them another rinse with solution and place them in their case with fresh solution until the next time you use them.

 If you are not planning to wear your lenses for several weeks, it is recommended that you change the solution and rinse your special effects lenses once a week.  If you forgot to do so and your lenses spent a few weeks in their case unattended, give them a double rinse and place them in fresh solution for at least a couple hours before wearing them.

For people who wear corrective or color contact lenses every day, special effects contact lenses will feel pretty much the same as usual.  If you never wore contact lenses before, at first you might feel a slight discomfort and an urge to rub your eye.  One suggestion is to use lubricant drops, which you can buy from your local drug store.  Also, start wearing your lenses a few days before the party – a couple of hours the first day, 3-4 hours the second day, and so on.
Get yourself a pair of exciting and scary Colored contacts and be the center of attention at any party!

Haley Robinson is a color contact lens expert and a founder of Colored Contacts Consumer Guide which provides you with information about all types of Colored special effect contacts and costume contact lens reviews.

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FX Colored Contacts Tips and Trends

This Colored, why not take your costume to the next level?  With Colored contact lenses (also commonly known as “special effects contact lenses” or “decorative lenses”), you can do just that!  As long as you adhere to the health and safety advice mentioned below, a pair of Colored contacts could be the perfect finishing touch to bring the character in your costume to life!
Special effects contacts have been used in film, television, theater, and even rock concerts for years, and now they’re available at affordable prices to you!  You can find decorative contact lenses in all kinds of styles.  From simple colors (ever wanted to be a red-eyed alien or a green-eyed reptile?) to elaborate designs (optical illusions, flowers, and smileys, oh my!), there are as many ways to use decorative contact lenses to enhance your Colored ensemble as there are jack o’ lanterns aglow on All Hallow’s Eve.

Some of the great designs and styles of Colored contacts available this year include: hypnotic spirals, cat eyes, wolf eyes, red eyes, white out, and black out lenses.  It really gets your creative wheels spinning doesn’t it?  What are you going to be this year?

One variable you’ll have to consider when poring through the choices is whether you want Colored contact lenses that cover the entire sclera (the whites of your eyes) or just the iris (the colored part of your eye).  There are tons of options to choose from, making it either harder or easier to decide, depending upon your viewpoint.

Knowing the kind of look you’re going for will help a lot.  Are you, for example, trying to transform yourself into a particular character like a vampire?  Or more specifically, the vampire Lestat himself?  Because that’s available, too!  Special effects lenses that include the entire sclera creates an all-encompassing, fully-transformative effect, incorporating more of the whole body into “becoming” this other figure.  But maybe you merely want to accentuate a “look”, the zeitgeist of an era, or an abstract concept.  For this latter option, a cute design or a picture superimposed on your iris alone, like a temporary tattoo, might be just the thing.

Some current favorites of the decorative lenses you’ll find include our Rave lenses that possess a vibrant neon shine when activated by a black light, our smoldering Sexy Cherry lenses that feature bold colors and a delicate scroll of cherry print around the lens, and our super creepy and ultra versatile White Zombie lenses that are designed to block out your natural eye color and show only your pupil!  You’ll find styles and designs both timely and timeless as you explore all the options of Colored lenses available.

Crucial in the safe and responsible use of special effects contact lenses for Colored or at any other time, according to the FDA, is involvement by a licensed eye care professional.  In fact, not only is it a good idea, it’s the law.  Decorative lenses improperly made or used have been known to cause permanent eye injury and in extreme cases, eventual blindness.  Therefore, you must see your eye doctor before shopping for Colored contact lenses to get proper fitting and instructions as well as the necessary prescription.  You will need this whether you ordinarily wear prescription lenses or not.  And don’t even think of purchasing decorative lenses from any store (online or off) that doesn’t ask for your prescription; it is illegal!
Some of the things your doctor will invariably tell you are that decorative contact lenses are not for everyday wear.  Consider them for special occasions only.  Never sleep, swim, or bathe with them in, and don’t use them while engaging in any activity that requires sharp visual acuity, such as cooking, driving, or operating heavy machinery.  In plain English: someone could get hurt.
Colored contacts should not be worn unceasingly for long periods of time since prolonged use can cause strain and infection.  They should be clean and disinfected carefully before and after each use, according to your doctor’s instruction.  If after using Colored contact lenses you notice redness, swelling, or feel any sort of pain in the eye area, please contact your eye doctor immediately.  Even if it turns out to be nothing, the joy in Colored is that the danger is imagined, so let’s keep it that way.

As always, have a safe and happy Colored!

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Are Colored and Colored Contacts Safe to Wear?

When used in a responsible manner as instructed by our care guide and your eye care professional, with whom you have obtained a contact lens prescription, our Colored and Color Contacts are extremely safe.

Even though Colored contacts can really complete the dramatic character transformation that your Colored costume requires, always remember that your eyes are very precious.  Colored contacts have to be treated with the same level of care that a regular contact lens wearer would take when caring for their regular contact lenses.  NEVER share lenses with anyone else and NEVER wear someone else’s lenses.  When lenses are shared, microscopic organisms are transferred between the wearers and serious eye problems can result.  There have been cases of individuals contracting serious eye infections after having worn costume contact lenses, but the lenses themselves are not the cause.  Most times, the problems have been caused by poor hygiene, improper lens care, or sharing of lenses between friends.  Always follow your eye care professional’s instructions on care and handling of contact lenses to keep your eyes safe and healthy.
Our lenses are manufactured using the same materials, processes, and in the same machines used to make conventional (clear) contact lenses.  They are manufactured, packaged, and sterilized to the highest international standards for contact lenses and are fully in compliance with US contact lens manufacture, packaging, and sterilization regulations.  The only difference is that a layer of color is machine printed onto the front surface of the lens.  Because the color is on the outside of the lens, the print does not actually touch your eye.  The color layer is sealed over with a thin layer of clear contact lens material to ensure that it does not flake off or irritate your eye.  If cared for properly and fitted on the advice of a licensed eye care professional, they are perfectly safe for your eyes and are just as comfortable as regular clear contacts.
One word of caution though, color and Colored contact lenses should not be worn for extended periods of time, usually no more than 8 hours at a time or as recommended by your eye doctor.  Because they are slightly thicker than regular contacts, not as much oxygen is able to penetrate the lens and reach your eye.  Lenses worn for long periods of time can cause your eyes to become red and irritated.  Most people report that they are comfortable if worn for less than 8 hours at a time.  If you have very sensitive eyes, you might feel some irritation and discomfort during shorter wear periods.  As with regular contacts, Colored and colored contact lenses need proper cleaning.  Always wash your hands before handling your lenses and rinse your lenses with fresh contact lens solution before inserting them in your eyes.  Always follow the recommendations of your eye doctor.

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Colored Contact Lens Safety

Some consumers ignore the consequences of improper lens care, not wanting to take the time to clean their lenses thoroughly.  However, taking care of your colored contact lenses before, after, and in between uses should be your first order of business.  This is not only essential for keeping your lenses in top condition and free of wear and tear, but more importantly, it is vital for the health and well-being of your eyes.  Failing to follow a proper cleaning protocol may put you at risk for a host of eye infections, some of which can be very serious and possibly result in blindness.
With the proper instructions and a few supplies, contact lens care is a simple task that will allow you to enjoy your new lenses as long as possible.  Basic maintenance of your contact lenses includes four easy-to-follow steps: prepare, clean, rinse, and disinfect.


Prepare: Wash your hands to remove dirt and germs that could contaminate your eyes.  Avoid moisturizing or cream-based soaps as they are not good for costume contact lenses.  Dry with a clean, lint-free towel.
Clean: Avoiding your fingernails, remove one contact lens and clean it in the solution product recommended by your eye care professional.  Place a few drops of the solution into the palm of your hand and gently rub the lens you’re your index finger to remove debris.  Add more solution and flip over lens to repeat process.
Rinse: Rinse lens with more solution to wash away dirt and buildup.  Don’t skimp on this step!  Also, never use water from the tap as a rinsing agent as it contains microorganisms that could cause an unwanted infection.
Disinfect: Store your contact lenses in a clean case that has been filled with fresh solution to begin the disinfection process.  “Topping off” your lens case with a bit of solution is like mixing clean with dirty; don’t do it!  Allow your lenses to disinfect in the solution for the full amount of time (often 6 hours or longer) or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Following these simple steps will keep your contacts sterile and clean for your next wearing.  These basic care instructions will remove buildup, cosmetics, allergens, and other debris that can muck up your contacts and make them uncomfortable to wear. When you follow these steps, you will be happy with your contact lenses and they will be happy with you!
Other good habits to form include limiting wearing your lenses for 6 to 8 hours at a time and refraining from wearing them while napping or sleeping.  Even if the contact lenses are not bothering you, your eyes still need time to get fresh air and rest.  When applying makeup, insert your cleaned lenses after you have fixed yourself up and use water-based cosmetics rather than oil-based cosmetics when possible.  When washing your face at night, do so after you have removed, cleaned, and disinfected your contact lenses according to the directions.

If used in a responsible manner as instructed by our care guide and your eye care professional, our contacts are extremely safe.  Always remember that your eyes are very precious.  Colored contact lenses have to be treated with the same level of care that a regular contact lens wearer would take when caring for their regular contact lenses.  NEVER share lenses with anyone else and NEVER wear someone else’s lenses.  When lenses are shared, microscopic organisms are transferred between the wearers and serious eye problems can result.  There have been cases of individuals contracting serious eye infections after having worn costume contact lenses, but the lenses themselves aren’t the cause.  Most times the problems have been caused by poor hygiene, improper lens care, and sharing of lenses between friends.  Always follow your eye care professional’s instruction on care and handling of contact lenses to keep your eyes safe and healthy.
Our lenses are manufactured using the same materials, processes, and in the same machines used to make conventional (clear) contact lenses.  They are manufactured, packaged, and sterilized to the highest international standards for contact lenses and are fully in compliance with US contact lens manufacture, packaging, and sterilization regulations.  The only difference is that a layer of color is machine-printed onto the front surface of the lens.  Because the color is on the outside of the lens, it does not actually touch your eye.  The color layer is sealed over with a thin layer of clear contact lens material to ensure it does not flake off or irritate your eye.  If cared for properly and fitted on the advice of a licensed eye care professional, they are perfectly safe for your eyes and are just as comfortable as regular clear contacts.

 

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Do I need a Prescription to Buy Colored Colored Contacts?

The FDA considers all contact lenses medical devices (this includes non-corrective as well as corrective lenses) and can only be sold with a prescription from an eye care professional.  We care about you and your vision.  Even if your eyes do not need vision correction, you are still required to see an optometrist and obtain a valid prescription before purchasing contact lenses of any power, this includes Plano (0.00) lenses.
Power refers to the strength of vision correction for contact lenses.  Measured in diopters, it is scaled in 0.25 increments and is always preceded by a + (plus) or a – (minus).  If you do not require corrective vision and want non-corrective color contacts, please select the Plano (0.00) option when purchasing your lenses. 
We only accept currently valid prescriptions from a licensed optometrist specific for contact lenses.  The prescription type for eyeglasses and contact lenses is entirely different.  Glasses sit a small distance away from your eyes whereas contact lenses sit directly on the cornea (the clear front surface of your eye).  Each requires a different type of examination.  You will need to see your eye care professional to obtain a valid contact lens prescription before purchasing any corrective or Plano contact lenses.
Once you have obtained your prescription, you may send it to us via email to help@cmecoloredcontacts.com.  Be sure to include your doctor’s name and phone number so we can verify your prescription.  This process takes approximately 24 hours.  Once verified, your order will be processed and shipped.
Please be aware that anyone who would sell you Plano contact lenses without the required prescription is disregarding the new federal law and is only concerned with making money, not with the health of your eyes.  Besides, it is illegal.  Please keep this in mind when making your purchase.  

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Anatomy of a Colored Contact Lens

Why our lenses are Different?

All of our lenses are manufactured using the most advanced “Gel Edge” technology instead of a molding process as used by the other major manufacturers. The result is a superior quality lens that is exceptionally comfortable and durable.

The unique “Gel Edge” technology design is smoother and vastly more comfortable than regular disposable colored lenses.

A vibrant color layer produces vivid yet natural color enhancement. A dark “Limbal Ring” around the outside enhances the detail of the iris pattern and adds a youthful appearance to the eye.

An ultra thin second layer of lens material is layered on top of the color layer to seal in the color. It also enhances the deep lustrous color quality of these unique lenses.

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Colored Contact Lens Care

Contact Lens Care and Instructions

Disinfecting Your Lenses Before Use:
1. Begin by washing your hands with a NON-CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel.
2 Open your new lens package and pour the first lens and storage fluid from the lens case into your palm.  Inspect it for particles, deposits, and small cracks or tears.
3. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all-purpose solution onto the lens in your palm.
4. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds in a straight back and forth motion.  Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.
5. Fill your case with fresh contact lens all-purpose solution; place the lens in the storage case to disinfect.
6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 with the second lens.
7. Ensure that the lenses sit in fresh solution for a minimum of 6 hours before wearing them for the first time to guarantee disinfection.
8. Never use homemade solutions, tap water, or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection. 

Inserting Your Contact Lenses:
1. Begin by washing your hands with a NON-CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel.  If any cream, lotion, dust, or lint gets on the lens, it can cause irritation, blurriness, or even infection.  Also, wet fingers can cause a soft lens to flatten or stick to your finger.
2. Avoid using your fingernails; your lenses are delicate and can tear easily if not handled carefully.
3. Pour the first lens and storage fluid from the lens case into your palm. Inspect the lenses for particles, deposits, and small cracks or tears.
4. Place the lens cup side up on your dry index finger.
5. Check that the lens is not inside out.  If it is right side out, the edge of the lens will appear almost straight up. If it is inside out, the edges will flare out.
6. Hold your upper eyelid open and pull your lower eyelid down with your other hand to prevent blinking.  Tilt your head slightly back and look up.
7. Place the lens onto the lower part of your eye.  Release your eyelids one at a time; lower lid first, and then the upper one.  This should slide the lens into place in the center of your eye.
8. It can take a few moments for your eye to become accustomed to the lens.  If your lenses feel dry or if your vision is blurred, blink several times or apply one or two comfort drops (eye drops).
9. Repeat this procedure with the second lens.
10. If you work with your lenses near the sink, close the drain.  If the lens drops in the sink, you should disinfect the lens again.

It is advisable to place solution in your lens carrying case and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you may have to remove your lenses.  

Removing Your Lenses:
1. Begin by washing your hands with a NON-CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel.
2. Place your index finger on the lower eyelid pulling the eyelid down and look up.
3. Touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger and slide the lens downward.
4. Squeeze the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger and then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.
5. If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait a few minutes, and try again.
6. Upon removal, place the lens in your palm so it is ready to be cleaned. 

Cleaning Your Lenses After Removal:
1. You must clean and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them.
2. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all-purpose solution into your palm.
3. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds in a straight back and forth motion.  Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.
4. Rinse the lens thoroughly with more all-purpose solution.  Never use homemade solutions, tap water, or anything other than sterile soft lens solution, as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.

Storing Your Contact Lenses for Disinfection:
1. Fill your case with contact lens all-purpose solution.  Place your lenses in the storage case; you must store the lens for a minimum of 6 hours for disinfection to be complete before putting it back into your eye.
2. If a soft lens dries out, it will shrivel up and can break easily.  A dried lens can be re-hydrated in the recommended solution.
3. Never store soft lenses in tap water, mineral water, or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as there is a risk of infection.
4. Our lenses are designed to be two-week disposable, which means that they should be replaced every 2 weeks if worn daily.  They will, however, last in excess of 3 months with occasional use and if handled with care.