Circle lenses are cosmetic contact lenses worn for beauty. These lenses have a dark ring on the outside that serves to amplify the “big eye effect” for which they are widely sought. Originating in the Asian countries like Japan and South Korea where they are fashion staples for models, the popularity of these cosmetic eye wear is beginning to spread.
Statistics have shown that up to 40% of contact lens users wear them for cosmetic purposes. The fact that they do not interfere with eyesight makes them a great addition to your wardrobe, especially for themed character parties like Halloween.
Most newbie’s to the cosmetic lens confuse this type of contact lens with coloured contact lenses. The major difference is that while coloured lenses will change the colour of your iris, they lack the black ring around the lens that makes the eye look bigger. Before buying contact lenses, you should make sure to know what you are after. Is it the bigger eye effect or just the iris colour change?
Before buying these lenses you should consider the following:
1.The base curve of your eyes
To get the right fit for the lenses you buy you need to get the base curve of your eyes taken by an ophthalmologist. The base curve is vital because if the lenses do not fit right, they can cause anything from itchy eyes to blurred vision.
2.Diameter of the lens
A bigger diameter for the lenses you buy means a bigger “big eye effect”. If you have not tried these lenses before, a diameter of 14.0mm is a big enough enlargement for most people.
3. Water content
This is a comparison between the lens’ total mass and the mass of the water in the lens. The water content should ideally range between 50%-60% so as to prevent the eyes from drying out due to water absorption or oxygen permeability into the lens.
Circle lenses are a new addition to the beauty industry. However, it is recommended to always seek the advice of an expert before you make the decision to wear these lenses.