Special Effects Lenses
Special effect lens wearers tend to be a different breed altogether.These are often the extroverts looking for an audience. Performers, such as actors or musicians, during a show are a good example. One actor I knew used to wear what he called his “Dracula eyes” out on the street before a performance with his amateur theatre group. This both to got him into character and advertised the group’s performance of Bram Stoker’s classic that night.
Aside from performers, another very specific group has adopted special effect lenses with a passion: Clubbers. Those into the Industrial and club scenes often wear the more theatrical lenses as a way of showing off their individuality.
This is where the really “out there” lenses are found, with unusual eye colors like red, black or mirrored being just the beginning. Patterned lenses are often found with this group as well. A patterned lens is one that has an image drawn into the iris area and/or superimposed over the pupil. Cat’s eye lenses are one good example, but you can expect to find just about anything from black widow spiders to star-and-moon combinations, all done in perfect detail and designed not to restrict normal vision or distort the prescription of the lens wearer. More information about special effect lenses can be found at Special Effect Contact Lenses.
A couple really of startling effects to watch for are glow-in-the-dark and U.V. lenses. Glow-in-the-dark is exactly like those spooky toys you had as a kid. The lenses absorb light and then emit it later in darkness with a soft, lemony or greenish glow. U.V. lenses are made of a form of plastic that fluoresces different colors under ultra violet light (also called black light). (Imagine running into that one on a crowded dance floor!)