A combination of pigments and genetics determines your natural eye color, but there are ways to change your appearance. Maybe you have dark brown eyes and want baby blues. Or perhaps you want to enhance your natural eye color. Changing your eye color can give you a bold new look, or it can subtly deepen your natural shade.
One of the easiest ways to change eye color is to get a prescription for color contacts. All About Vision reports that U.S. law considers a contact lens to be a medical device, which means you need a prescription for color contacts even if you don’t need a prescription-strength lens to improve your vision. If you do need a prescription-strength lens, manufacturers make color contacts for people who need bifocals and for those with astigmatisms. For color contacts, you can choose enhancement-tint lenses to enrich your natural color or color-tint lenses to change the color of your iris completely. The type of lens that will work best for you will depend on your natural eye color and your goal. If you have dark brown eyes but want to have blue eyes, you would need a pair of color-tint lenses.
If you do not want to wear contact lenses, consider changing your hair color. The tones in your hair can enrich the color of your eyes, according to the TLC website. The wrong hair color can diminish the color in your eyes. Adding light color to dark hair can create warm undertones. The shade that looks the best and brings out the best eye color may be the color of your hair when you were 12. If you don’t know which hair color to use to change your eye color, talk to a professional hairstylist.
An iris implant, such as New Color Iris, is another way to change eye color. Originally designed for patients with eye conditions, such as ocular albinism, partial coloboma or iris heterochromia, some doctors will perform the implant surgery for people who want to change their natural eye color without relying on color contacts. One major benefit to an iris implant is that it maintains the natural look of an eye. With an implant, the change is permanent.
Changing your eye color with a photo editing software program can be the least expensive method to transform your eyes. While this won’t change your physical appearance, it can be a fun way to experiment with different eye colors. If you have a program that uses layers, you can change the color on one layer without distorting your original photo.
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