Having blonde hair and blue eyes used to put you in a pretty exclusive club that was determined primarily by genetics. Anyone that has ever taken a biology class and used a punnet square can tell you the probability of being born with a specific hair and eye color. But nowadays you can simply go to your local pharmacy to find a dye which can alter your hair color and in the next aisle over you can stumble on a pair of contact lenses that can change your eye color. A contact lens is a medical device which is placed on the eye in order to correct vision. From a medical perspective, the use of contact lenses gives many people who are dependent on wearing glasses another option. People may find a lot of different reasons to wear contact lenses but aesthetics and cosmetics are among the two leading factors. Now a new motive and phenomenon has come into light, that being the ability to correct your vision and change the appearance of your eyes. Recently, even some people with perfect eyesight choose to wear colored contacts strictly to alter their appearance. These types of contacts are known as cosmetic contacts and they are designed to change the appearance of the eye. Many eye care brands are starting to offer cosmetic contacts, even the very popular Acuvue brand has released a line of color altering lenses which come either with or with out vision correction. As with any contact lens, cosmetic lenses carry the same risks. Complications can arise from improper use and vary from mild to serious, including ocular redness, irritation, and infection. Any one considering using cosmetic lenses, whether it is for vision or for style, is strictly encouraged to speak with an eye doctor before hand. For this reason all contact lenses, even purely cosmetic ones, are classified as medical devices in the United States. All individuals who would like to wear cosmetic lenses long-term, should also schedule regular aftercare examinations, in order to avoid potentially blinding complications. Cosmetic lenses can be used to drastically alter the appearance of the eye, as seen in the entertainment industry. If you take Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video her eyes seem to be wider-than-life. This led to the birth of a new trend in Japan, South Korea and China. It is called the “Circle Contact Lens”. These lenses are colored contacts that make the eyes appear larger because they cover not just the iris, as normal lenses do, but also part of the whites. The result is the appearance of a bigger, wider iris. Aside from being one of the five senses, our eyes have now become a new popular accessory. The idea of matching your belt with your shoes is totally an understatement if your eye color can match as well. Will this trend lead to people changing eye color as often as they change their socks? Will there be a different eye color for each day of the week, or perhaps an eye color that will reflect the mood you are in? What ever the future trends may be, let us not forget how important our eyes are, and it is in our best interest to take care of the only pair we were given.