About 12% of contact lenses are worn for the purpose of changing eye color and appearance. These contact lenses are called color contact lenses or cosmetic contact lenses. After manufacturing a traditional or customs soft contact lens, these lenses undergo as second step to tint, dye, print or hand paint the lens to create nearly any appearance from a natural eye color to imaginative eye colors.
Typical color and cosmetic contact lenses use color palettes made to mimic natural iris colors. There are 2 main color types; opaque colors for a dramatic color change effect or translucent colors for a subtle color enhancement.