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A 43-year-old member asked:

what are contacts called that serve no purpose other than to just have a different eye color?

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Dr. Daniel Bustos
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Cosmetic lenses: Colored contacts or cosmetic contact lenses are what you're referring to.
Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Color contact lenses: Color contact lenses can be opaque to fully change the appearance of your iris color or tinted to enhance the color of people with lightly colored eyes.. These are made by a number of contact lens companies. It is important never to share or swap contact lenses with anyone else, as these are medical devices.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Cosmetic or theater: Specialized contact lenses are used as special effects in theatrical or other settings, as well as to cosmetically change eye color. It is very important to see your eye care professional to be fitted with any contact lens, even for cosmetic purposes.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How does interocular lens affect eye color?

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Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
It doesn't: The eye color is determined by the pigmentation of the iris. The intraocular lens is placed behind the iris after removal of the cloudy lens (cataract). When you are looking at (or through) the lens, you are seeing the pupil of the eye, which appears dark. Some types of lens implants can cause some reflections or glistening appearance, but they do not change eye color.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the majority of the populations eye color?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Brown: The base color of every iris is brown. The thicker the layer of brown pigment is, the "browner" the eye looks, while a thinner layer of pigment leaves the iris blue. Additionally, there are green pigment granules in some irises, and again, depending on how much green is present, the eye can have a hazel or green color. Eyes can also be pink if there is little pigment (albino).
Dr. Mark Sibley
Dr. Mark Sibley commented
LASIK Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, brown.All human ancestors had brown eyes..Then about 10,000 years ago there was a mutation and the 1st blue eyed human was born...They passed that blue eyed gene on to their offspring
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A 25-year-old member asked:

At 16 can your eye color still be changing?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Not at your age...: Most babies are born with blue eyes, but they change over the first 6-8 months to what will be their permanent, adult eye color..At 16 your eye color does not change anymore. There are some conditions that can affect the color of your eyes, like having iron deposits or copper deposits in your eyes, so if you have a concern, see your doctor, or an eye doctor.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How common is light eye color in oriental asians?

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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Depends: Depends on what you mean by light--if you mean blue or green eyes, never, unless their parents are of different descent. If you mean light brown vs dark brown, i don't think anyone knows. I have light brown eyes but my wife's are almost black. One of my two children has light brown, the other almost black.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does eye color have any effect on eye strength?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: Eye color enhances the attractiveness of eyes and protects against overexposure to light. But it is independent of the need for eyeglasses.

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