Finally, there’s a new line of color contacts to talk about, Air Optix COLORS from Alcon. These lenses are monthly disposable colors and according to the manufacturer, they are are the first monthly-replacement, daily-wear silicon hydrogel color lenses available in the U.S.
Silicone hydrogel has always been the most comfortable type of lens for most contact lens wearers. In a colored version, the lens features 3-in-1 Color Technology (similar to Freshlook Colorblends) and lets up to six times more oxygen through the contact lens compared to older-style materials. The natural-looking color is inside the lens itself so that the only thing touching your eyes is the ultra smooth surface of the contact.
One of the huge advantages to Air Optix COLORS is that if you currently wear Air Optix Aqua, you don’t need to be refit at the eye doctor. As with all color contacts in the U.S., you need a prescription from an eye care professional. But, these lenses are available in 0.00 or Plano prescription (non corrective) if you just want the color change without the vision correction.
Nine Comfortable Color Choices
Alcon AIR OPTIX® Colors prescription contact lenses (affiliate link) features nine different shades. You can find the color that suits you best. On the cover O Magazine, Oprah wore Pure Hazel and transformed her chocolatey dark eyes to a lighter shade.
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One of the hardest decisions to make is which color. Your skin tone, natural eye color, and personality all contribute to how these lenses will look on you. and how about your mood from one day to the next? Maybe sometimes you want to be all about the drama, and other days not so much. By offering both subtle and vibrant lenses, you can have pretty much any look you want in one prescription.
These lenses are new but Alcon does offer a free trial so ask your eye doctor about it and see if you can test out a few different colors first. For an online test, you can always try the Color Studio. You can upload your own photo and get an idea of how the colors will look on your own eyes.
Comparing Air Optix COLORS and Freshlook Colorblends
Both Air Optix COLORS and Freshlook Colorblends are from the same manufacturer, so what’s the difference?
- Air Optix COLORS is a combination of the best of two products: the 3 in 1 color technology of Colorblends and the comfort and breath-ability of Air Optix AQUA.
- Air Optix Colors is the latest in the Air Optix family, using silicone hydrogel over older-style lens materials. The result is a “breathable color contact lens”.
- Both are monthly replacement, daily wear lenses with many color choices.
- Colorblends has had its feet on the street for a lot longer, and offers a total of 12 shades to choose from (I think that’s the most of any prescription color contacts line).
- Price: Air Optix COLORS retails online for around $84 for 6 lenses/box; Freshlook Colorblends cost $32 for 6 lenses/box which is a huge price difference.
The price difference between the two color contact lines shouldn’t be surprising since you are buying latest in comfort and breathable contact lenses. And, if you already wear the Air Optix Aqua line, then trying the color versions doesn’t require a refit at the eye doctor.