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What Are Brown Contact Lenses

Brown contact lenses come in a wide variety of shades from soft colours such as Honey and Pure Hazel which are a great options to lighten naturally dark eyes, or, darker shades such as Dark Hazel and India which will change your any natural eye colour to brown.

Brown Color Contact Lenses

Why Choose Brown Contact Lenses

Brown eyes are the most popular colour around the world, with over 50% of the population having naturally brown eyes. It’s probably not surprising then, that brown contact lenses are the most popular selling coloured lenses. They are particularly popular with people wanting to lighten their naturally dark eyes.
Brown contact lenses work really well with neutral or darker skin tones but can have a wow factor on lighter skin tones where people would expect a lighter eye colour.

Types Of Brown Contact Lenses

Brown contact lenses are available in two wearing modes

  • Monthly Disposable - These can be worn for up to 30 consecutive days but will need to be removed, cleaned and stored each evening. The majority of coloured lenses are available as monthly disposables.
    Daily Disposable - These are worn for just one day and then disposed of each evening. They are ideal if you just want to change your eye colour for the evening, or weekend. Daily disposable contact lenses are seen as the healthiest option for your eyes.

    Theses can be sub-divided into the types of lenses

  • Enhancers - As you would expect Enhancers are designed to enhance your natural eye colour, they can slightly lighten darker eyes and even change the colour of lighter coloured eyes. They have more of a natural look and can make your eye look brighter and fresher without anyone knowing you wear coloured contacts, a great example is Freshlook Colorblends which uses 3 in 1 technology to blend three different iris patterns and colours together to give a very natural effect.
    Opaques - Opaque lenses are designed to change the eye colour of people with darker eye shades. e.g Freshlook Colors. these lenses are able to completely change a dark coloured eye, such as turning blue eyes brown or brown eyes blue.
    Special Effects - Special effect contact lenses can be called Special FX, Costume contacts, Novelty Contacts etc, they are normally opaque lenses that change your eye colour completely and can even change the shape of your pupil, or make it disappear completely - eg, a cats eye contact lens can give you an elliptical pupil, and a black out lens will make it appear you have no pupil at all. These are most commonly worn occasionally with fancy dress or anime costumes and in the film and theatre industry.

Key Points

Can lighten naturally dark eyes

Wide variety of brown shades available

Most popular selling coloured contact lenses

Works well with dark or neutral skin tones

Getting The Best Out Of Your Brown Contact Lenses

If you require vision correction then make sure you buy powered contact lenses, so that you can see clearly and change your eye colour at the same time. If you have great vision then choose plano (zero power) contact lenses.
Make sure you choose the right shade of brown, if the first colour doesn’t give you the change you were looking for, don’t be afraid to try a different shade, either lighter or darker. 
Check out customer reviews and images to see which brown coloured lens they felt worked best with their eye natural colour.

Here are a few quick tips to keep your eyes healthy and your lenses clean

Do – Take proper care of your lenses. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer, and only wear them as long as they were intended. 
Do - Remove your contact lenses if your eyes are sore or irritated. If the irritation doesn't go away after a day or two, consult your eye care practitioner.
Don't - Share your coloured lenses with any one. The risk of eye infection increases when lenses are shared between people.
Don't - Sleep in your coloured contact lenses.

Our Best Selling Brown Contact Lenses

Freshlook 1 Day are a daily disposable coloured contact lens, that will enhance dark eyes and completely change the colour of lighter eye shades,available in 1 shade of Hazel

Freshlook Colorblends are an enhansing monthly disposable coloured contact lens available in 3 shades of brown - Brown, Honey and Pure Hazel


Which Hair Colour Works Best With Brown lenses

Brown contact lenses work well with dark brown and black hair,if you are looking for something a bit different don’t be afraid to try brown eyes with blonde hair.

Do I Need A Prescription To Buy Brown Contact Lenses

If you have great eyesight then you don’t need a prescription to buy brown or any other coloured contact lens as they are available with zero power, however, we do recommend you have a contact lens fitting to make sure the lenses fit well and that you receive some instruction on insertion and removal, along with best practice for caring and cleaning your lenses.

What Is The Most Comfortable Brown Contact Lens

All of our coloured contact lenses are comfortable, but, as they come in different sizes and materials some people may find some lenses more comfortable than others.
Freshlook colorblends is a very popular coloured lens and gets great customer reviews for comfort and colour changes, however, Air Optix colours is a silicone hydrogel coloured lens that has SmartShield ® Technology for extra comfort all day, every day, for 30 days.
It is always advisable to have a contact lens fitting to discover the fitting and comfort of coloured contact lenses.


John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
John qualified from Aston University in 1980, he has authored for over the last 20 years, bringing his expertise to visitors to the site and providing valuable optical advice to customer questions throughout the years. He has been featured in several leading publications including The Express and ITProPortal