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When it comes to contact lenses, caution in purchasing should be your utmost priority. Placing a foreign matter on your eyeballs means that the matter itself needs to be medical-grade and highly safe for your optics, aside from looking double-take-worthy.

We’re not here to scare you. Although if we did, that’s a good reaction. We intend to give you that extra kick to be wary of what type of lenses to select. And though the warning is explicit at the onset, the “choosing” is quite hassle-free with pro-lenses from Here’s how you can select the ideal pair of contacts just for you.

1. Disposables And Permanents

Contact lenses are generally categorized into simple classes. Two of which are disposables and permanents.

Permanent contact lenses or “extended wears” can last from 3 to 6 months. Or for other variants, up to a year, and beyond. You’ll have to be meticulous about cleaning them every after use since bacterial accumulation is common with these eye solutions. However, they prove sturdy and resilient, as long as you practice proper lens maintenance.

The other class of lenses is disposables, also known as “dailies”. Dailies are meant to be worn “daily”, and disposed of daily as well. These single-use products necessitate regular replacement/purchasing. The amazing advantage to them is that you will be at lesser risk of incurring eye problems due to bacteria, irritations due to unclean lenses, and other eye problems.

2. Graded And Non-Graded

Do you need graded lenses? Or their counterpart, non-graded ones?

Graded lenses are a kind of prescription eyewear. Whether to mend nearsightedness or myopia, farsightedness or hyperopia, astigmatism, common age-related vision issues, keratoconus (irregular curvature of the cornea), and the like, these have specific degrees of power and/or Snellen decimal equivalents. And these numbers will coincide with what your eyes require for vision correction, as close to 20/20 as possible.

On the other hand, or should we say “eye”, non-graded pairs are usually only about aesthetics. People who have a 20/20 vision (their visual acuity or “visual sharpness” is normal) opt to wear lenses because of wanting to temporarily enhance the appearance of their eyes. Hence, the myriads of colors and sizes to choose from. All without an “eye grade”, so they’re completely safe for your oculars.

3. Contact Lens Colour

Graded lenses or not, contact lens color is completely up to you. There’s no specific right or wrong tincture when it comes to this variable. That said, eye experts say that you can use these guidelines in making your lens selection:

Natural Look 

If you’re a newbie in colored contacts, the safest way to go is having ones that are at least one shade lighter than the hue of your iris. Plus, you may want to stick to the same slice of the color wheel, for starters. For instance, if you have dark brown eyes, go for light brown, ochre, or similar hues.

This way, you can be eased into going for colored lenses in a non-drastic approach.

Colour Away 

Next, if you’re the adventurous type with regards to colored lenses, try out colors that brighten your eyes and make them “pop” the most. Are you naturally blue-eyed? Why not take your pick from green, grey, or even purple (among other shades on the contact lens color palette)?


The average iris circumference or Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter (HVID) of adults falls somewhere between 11.6m, to 12.0mm. But there are contact lenses that run from 12.0mm to 15mm (or wider). These are popularly known as “dolly eyes”, “doll eyes”, “big eyes”, etcetera. The purpose of said larger lenses is to make your eyes appear “bigger” and, therefore, “brighter”, too.