Get amazing eyes with mirror tinted contact lenses that let you see out when others can't see in. Stay safe and ONLY buy from FDA-approved retailers
Mirror contacts have been highly popular ever since they were worn by Vin Diesel in the Chronicles of Riddick movie.
They are just one of many decorative fashion lenses that have a colored tint on the outside, whether it be a spiral effect, an actual color like red (great for the vampire look!) or, in this case, mirrored to give an unusual glazed look.
The wearer can see perfectly through the lenses and mirror contacts are available with or without prescription.
If you don't normally wear contact lenses to correct your vision, then you need to look for so-called plano contacts; these are lenses with zero power as opposed to say -2.5 for someone who is short-sighted.
It's worth remembering that some mirror contacts on the market are theatrical ones that cover the entire eye and not just the iris and pupil; these can take quite a bit of getting used to, even for those who are regular contact lens wearers.
When searching online for mirror tinted contact lenses, look for retailers who are FDA (US Food and Drug administration) approved. Why? Because there are many unscrupulous and ILLEGAL companies out there offering cheap cosmetic contacts that can harm your eyes.
Back in 2002, when fashion contacts started to get really popular, the Commissioner for the FDA, Lester M. Crawford, gave this warning:
"Consumers should understand that decorative contact lenses, like contact lenses intended for correcting vision, present serious risks to eye health if they are distributed without a valid prescription and proper fitting by a qualified eye care professional."
He said that:
"The FDA will aggressively use the full range of its statutory authorities to prevent the distribution of these potentially dangerous products directly to consumers."
Clean and disinfect lenses prior to wearing and make sure hands have been washed and dried thoroughly.
Do not wear mirror lenses longer than 8-10 hours maximum; they are thicker than normal soft lenses so will be less comfortable.
Don't fall asleep after a heavy night - these lenses are NOT extended wear contacts. If you do fall asleep, you may find it difficult to pinch them out.
Be sure to go through the process of cleaning and disinfecting after use and store them in a clean lens case filled with fresh contact lens solution. Please don't skip this step as you are likely to be storing the lenses for some time between each wear.
Don't let your friends try your new lenses - infections can result! Think of them as personal items that you really wouldn't want others to try on.
Carry a small bottle of lens solution with you in case you have to take the lenses out if make-up or grit gets in the eye; don't use your spit to clean them (though I will confess I have done this in the past when there was nothing else available!)