Did you know, Contact Lenses come in different types and styles, and not just colours?? What am I talking about you may wonder, I’m talking about contact lenses that provide different effects.

In this article we’ll be discussing the different styles, patterns and sizes, there will be some reference images – Please excuse the selfies in some pics, it’s just me being weird and my selfie-fu is weak.

Before we begin with the lenses there are some 3 specific technical terms I just need to cover, namely:

  • Pupil
  • This is the black hole located in the centre of the Iris; this is the actual part of the eye that provides vision
  • Iris
  • This is the coloured section of the eye; its purpose is to regulate the amount of light entering the eye
  • Sclera
  • As you can see in the diagram this is the white area surrounding the Iris.
    White Screen Crazy ColourVue Contact Lenses from www.youknowit.com

    Mesh Eyes

    These contacts have a uniqueness all of their own, Mesh Contacts are 1 of 2 Contact Lens styles that actually covers the wearer’s pupils along with the Iris, however of these 2 styles, the Mesh Contacts are the only style that doesn’t completely prevent you from being able to see. If you were these contacts it will be like looking through a very fine mesh so be careful when wearing these as they do limit your ability to see.

    Blind Eyes

    That’s right you guessed it, this is the other side of the coin of Mesh Contacts, this type of contacts completely covers the pupil and iris – and in some cases the Sclera (which we will get into later)

    Byakugan Contact Lenses from www.9mmsfx.net
    Currently wearing Tri-Colour Lenses, (Back) Honey Brown from www.specsavers.co.za (Front) Princess Purple Violet from www.eyecandys.com

    Tri-colour Eyes

    As the name implies these contacts each contain 3 different colours, out of the 3 only 1 of the colour changes (this is depending on which lens you buy). The other 2 colours are constant in each of the lenses, those colours are Honey brown (golden) and a Darker brown. Please note this does not completely cover the wear’s Iris, meaning that your natural eye colour will shine through to a certain extent. The main aim of these lenses is to make your eyes more natural and add to a dramatic appearance.

    Magic Circle Eyes

    Sounds mystical and supernatural doesn’t it ;-p these types of lenses are more for subtle emphasis to your natural eye colour. In order to accomplish this, the pattern of the lens sometimes has a black circle as an outer ring followed by an additional colour. The outcome is that similar to the Tri-colour, in the sense that there is only a slight colour alteration on the Iris.

    Solid / Block Eyes

    These contacts have a solid colouring and block the original colour of the Wearer’s Iris. There is however a clear section in the middle of the lens for the pupil thus enabling the Wearer to still see.

    This style of Lenses does not obstruct the Wearer’s vision; however I’d just like to point out that because the Pupil Covering is clear, the Wearer’s vision is clear. In other words one’s vision is not tinted due to the colour of the lenses – my world didn’t turn dark when I wore these Black-out Lenses

    Pattern Eyes

    Remembering what was said about the Solid/Block Lenses we are going to take it a step further. Pattern Lenses are basic Solid/Block Lenses with a Pattern on top of it. Patterns can range from specific designs / patterns to words or pictures and even that of animals eyes

    Currently wearing The Twilight Series - Red Contact Lenses from www.contact;enshouse.com
    So at this point we’ve discussed styles and patterns, next up sizes……. This can be summed up in 3 categories:
  • Normal Lenses
  • These lenses are from 14mm – 14.9mm in diameter, these are your basics or rather standard length to cover your Iris (also pupil depending on your lens type).
  • Big Eye Lenses
  • Going on the larger sizes, you’re looking at between 15mm – 16.9mm in diameter, these give as the name implies a larger eyes which is generally is preferred for Anime or Dolls.
  • Sclera Lenses
  • These are the biggest lenses you will find ranging from 17mm – 22mm, these are the most difficult type of lenses to put on so please be careful and patient when putting these babies in

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I have to wear contact lenses if I am cosplaying?

    It is completely your decision whether or not you want to wear/buy contact lenses; do not feel obligated to get them if you are uncomfortable, then go without. Contact lenses is not the be all and end all for cosplay, it is simply an extra detail to your cosplay.

    I have been diagnosed with Astigmatism in my eye(s) therefore I cannot wear contacts.

    No that is no longer the case, there are specific lenses created specifically for those with this Diagnoses, they are called Toric Circle Lenses.

    A Johannesburg Cosplayer (who use to sell lenses) had the same problem but would buy her lenses from www.pinkyparadise.com

    I wear prescription lenses/glasses is it possible for me to get coloured contacts?

    Absolutely, coloured contacts do come in a range of prescriptions, simply enquire from your optometrist as to what is your lens prescription (given in power) and then ask your supplier if the particular lens you’re looking at comes in your prescription. NB not all lenses come in prescription and some with a limit. There are also suppliers that do not/cannot sell prescriptions lenses.
    If I wear my regular contacts can I layer a coloured contact over/under my prescription?

    For the love of all things chocolate please DO NOT DO THIS, contact lenses are not designed to layered/stacked. By doing this you increase the risk of causing damage to your eyes, as well as scratching your cornea and developing bacterial infection.

    How should I store my contact lenses?

    This may sound weird but I store mine in the egg compartment of my fridge, this keeps the lens solution from evaporating as quickly, just make sure you change your lens solution once a week to prevent bacteria developing. You also need to rinse your lenses with solution and your lens case.

    Where is the best place to buy contact lenses?

    For safety purposes I would suggest using reputable companies/sites when ordering your lenses.

    My friends showed me an article where a girls contact lenses melted into her eye just from looking at a fire, is this true?

    I saw that “article” as well, this is a load of toss believe me, if you think about this logically the girls’ face would literally have to have been in the fire with her eyes wide open in order to melt the lenses. The “article” only showed damage to the eye and no other damage surrounding the eye. More evidence? The photo shared… is a product image of a Hollywood Lens company called 9mmfx