Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ Anime Peepers, Causing Harmful Circle Lens Fad
July 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—What price beauty? Lady Gaga, the over-the-top pop singer and fashion trend setter, has inspired teen girls to wear anime-like circle contact lenses, to replicate Gaga’s enormous digitally enhanced eyes in her “Bad Romance” video. As trendy as it may be to resemble Japanese anime cartoon characters with exaggerated eyes, Ophthalmologists are warning that the ill-fitting circle lenses purchased online from Asia, can cause severe infections and even blindness.
The circle lens is larger than a normal contact lens, extending beyond the iris, covering part of the whites of the eye, giving the appearance of ultra large and artificially-colored eyes. The lenses come in a variety of designs and bright colors, such as Neo Cosmo Sunflower Violet, Tricolor Blue and Anime Jewel Gold.
The many patterns on the circle lenses float over your iris, to resemble anime and manga characters.
Circle lenses are not available in the U.S. And all corrective and even cosmetic contact lenses are considered medical devices by the FDA, and can’t be sold in the United States without a prescription and a proper fitting.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a statement warning young adults of the dangers of purchasing circle lenses over the Internet, without having them properly fitted.
The group of eye doctors warned that “inflammation and pain can occur from improperly fitted, over-the-counter lenses and lead to more serious problems including corneal abrasions and blinding infections.”