• Are there contact lenses that can protect the eyes from glance similar to sunglasses?


    Question:

    We are shooting a film in the desert and need some contact lenses that act like sunglasses. They have to cause the actor not to squint as we are shooting night time scenes during the day. Do these exist? I understand you can get tinted contact lenses but we need them to not change the actors' eye color if possible.


    Answer:

    It sounds like you want tinted lenses to prevent squinting—there are no contacts that can do this without changing the eye color (unless eyes are very dark already). Most contact lenses have a light blue "handling tint" which makes them easy to find but do not change the color of the eye. Many have ultraviolet (UV) filters which are invisible. Special tints are also available for glare, etc. They have been said to be sports-performance enhancing, but this is questionable.

    A complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist will determine who is a contact lens candidate and which specific lenses are best for your needs.