The main difference between circle lenses and normal color lenses is obviously the difference in the appearance created when worn. However, there are other differences as well such as differences in styles, colors, availability, price and comfort.
To begin, the most obvious difference is circle lenses make the eyes appear larger, while normal color contacts do not. A simple explanation of why this occurs is because circle lenses have a dark tinted ring surrounding the area outside of the iris, while typical color contacts do not. The extra dark tint creates the effect of a bigger iris, thus making the eyes appear larger. Circle contact lenses are for those who want to make their eyes appear larger and more colorful, while color contacts are for people who only want a subtle color change in their eyes. There are many more designs customized for each eye type for circle contact lenses than there are for typical color contacts.
There are circle contact lenses that make the eye glow, create a subtle color change, make the eye look bolder, and much more. Normal color contacts however, usually only come in different variations of color blends. Circle lenses are usually soft lenses, while typical color contacts can be soft or hard type lenses. There are advantages and disadvantages of using soft lenses over hard lenses. Soft lenses are much more comfortable (softer and more flexible) as they conform to the eyes more easily. However, they are more fragile than hard lenses, therefore must be treated with extra care. Another difference between these two types of lenses is their usage periods. Circle contact lenses usually only come with a one year usage cycle, while normal color contacts come in daily, monthly and yearly usage cycles.
Price-wise, circle contact lenses are less expensive than typical color contacts when compared on a day-to-day basis. Normal color contacts will cost an upwards of $150 to purchase for extended-wear (yearly) lenses, while a circle contact lens will only cost in the range of $30-$45 for a yearly lens. The last difference is in the availability of these two lenses. Normal color contacts are widely available. It is easy to purchase normal color lenses both online and in retail stores everywhere you go. Circle contact lenses however, are very rare to find in North America. It is hard to find circle contact lenses for sale online from reputable sellers, and even more difficult to find them in retail stores. If you are planning to purchase circle contact lenses online, make sure you are purchasing from authorized retailers of circle lenses rather than private sellers, as there are many fake low-quality circle lenses being imported from China.
Now that you know the difference between circle lenses and normal color lenses, you can decide which lens is right for you. If you are only looking for a subtle eye color change, maybe you should get normal color lenses. However, if you want your eyes to look bigger and more colorful, I would recommend you get circle contact lenses.
If you would like more information on Circle Lenses or would like to order circle lenses online, I recommend Lens Circle, they have the best selection of circle lenses online.