An Eye for Details

Colored or special effect contact lenses are hugely popular in Japan, among both fashionistas and cosplayers. With cosplay spreading all over the world, such contact lenses are now increasingly being used outside Japan, too.

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Colored contact lenses used by a young woman in Harajuku, Tokyo

Colored or special effect contact lenses add a special detail to your look without observers always being aware of what you have done. It is like your own secret weapon. In Japan, where the variety of eye colors are usually limited to different shades of brown, they are often more obvious and add something exotic.

Cosplayers on the other hand, use them for authenticity. In cosplay, after all, it all comes down to details. If the character is not emulated perfectly, the performance loses a lot of its impact. Smaller details, like your eyes, can make all the difference. Special effect lenses can for example be used to make the iris appear disproportionately large, like the eyes of most manga drawn characters.

It used to be difficult to get these lenses, but these days it is becoming quite easy. A popular special effect contact lens in the US is the 9 mm SFX, a company launched in 1994 to serve the movie and entertainment industry. The 9 mm SFX covers the whole front of the eye and not just the iris. These contact lenses are widely used in film productions, especially for the sci-fi genre. This special effect lens has now become very popular amongst cosplayers, too.

Japanese Cosplayers
Special effect contact lenses used by Japanese cosplayers

Contact lenses are put into a very important part of your body, your eyes, so be careful to take sufficient precautions.

Remember to first visit your eye doctor for an eye examination and professional consultation. It is essential to get a valid prescription for your eyes and contacts, as incorrect fitting could lead to discomfort and infections.

Research has shown that many who wear these types of contact lenses share lenses with each other. This is one of the most common causes for contact lens related eye infections. Sharing contacts is very unhygienic and spreads infectious bacteria from eye to eye. Avoid it if you treasure your eyes.

A special effect contact lens, depending on the type of model and manufacturer, can only be used for a certain time period, up to about a month (unless it is a daily disposal lens). It is essential that you follow the instructions of the particular brand and remove and clean them. Failure to do so can result in serious eye infections like Conjunctivitis or Blepharitis.

But don’t let all these warnings spoil the fun. Go and get yourself some new eyes!

This article is based on an article provided by by LensShopper, an independent information website about contact lenses.

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Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Woah! the girl on the top’s eyes look really cool

Jun 17, 2009 (4859 days ago)

So cool. I like the one with the purple tint. :)

Jun 22, 2009 (4855 days ago)

I think so, too, Joeyoeyannanna and wowchicken!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 22, 2009 (4855 days ago)

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