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Lady Gaga Inspired Circle Lenses Pose a Health Risk

Would You Risk Your Health For Fashion?

High heels, over-sized purses, skinny jeans, and heavy hoop earrings aren't the kindest to our bodies, but many women don them in the name of fashion.

These days, the dangerous cutting edge fashion trend is all about the eyes, a la Lady Gaga's enlarged pupils in her "Bad Romance" video. Even though Gaga's eyes in the video are mostly computer-generated, many woman aim for that big-eyed effect with circle lenses. These eye-altering contact lenses are all the range in Asia, and also made popular by makeup artist Michelle Phan, allow you to change the size and color of your eyes, creating huge doe-like eyes. Ranging in price from $20 to $30 a pair, the lenses, which are made overseas, are illegal to sell in the US because they're not FDA-approved. Doctors are worried that between the lack of safety regulations and customers not being fitted properly, sporting circle lenses could result in eye infections, cornea damage, and even loss of eyesight. Watch this clip from CBS for more details.

Being a contact lens wearer myself, I know the importance of wearing quality brand lenses fitted by a licensed optometrist. This new fad seems like bad news to me, but what do you think. Would you?

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SoChan SoChan 7 years
Ughhh! Lady Gaga DID NOT START THE TREND!!!!! People have been using circle lenses WAY before people even knew she existed!
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 7 years
While I think the topic of unregulated circle lenses is important, I find it strange how they're pinning the phenomena on lady gaga/ Michelle Phan? I've known about circle lenses for years, wayyy before Michelle Phan used them in a video. The news vid. made it seem like she's the one spreading the obsession with them... She's not. She just used them. There are TONS of beauty tutorials (especially with asian girls) where you would see them. Why not show a clip with a lot of girls using them rather then pick on one? And the video Bad Romance? The eyes are computer generated (duh), and only appear for a small part of the video. I really don't see how that encourages circle lenses... UGH, media taking things out of proportion. So annoying!
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
Before the age of 23, I admit that I wore things that weren't best for my health, very high heels, shoes that were too small, bras that lifted my boobs to infinity, not enough clothes for the weather cause "the coat would ruin my outfit!". I wouldn't do that eye thing's perhaps a cultural thing.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
that's not fashion, it's freaky. my eyes are big enough
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I knew people over ten years ago who wore cosmetic non-prescription contact lenses to make their eyes look like cats' eyes or look all white, so this isn't particularly news to me. As for myself, I had a laser burn off part of my corneas so that I wouldn't have to wear glasses, so I guess I would pick vanity over health risks.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I'm all about comfort and health.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Eh, not for me...I actually need contacts to see properly, so I have to wear my prescription ones.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
it's cool if it's lady gaga, but on a person walking down the street on their way to work? not so much.
Melantha1989 Melantha1989 7 years
I find this freaky and quite ridiculous, why the heck would you want to wear those type lens? I mean yes, I have thought of buying ones to change my eye color before but this? No way! Its not cute nor sexy in my book.....just plain creepy really. Lady gaga didnt make it but she sure prolly increased the ppl who do it now. Anywho bottom line, a def no in my book for this item.
KeLynns KeLynns 7 years
I think anyone who says they would never jeopardize their health for fashion needs to look in their closet. Anyone who has ever worn high heels has jeopardized health for fashion. I'm NOT condoning stuff as stupid as non-prescription contacts, I'm just saying I don't believe all the people who voted "No way. My health is most important."
Minks Minks 7 years
If they are so bad for your eyes then why do Tons of girls and celebrities even men in Asia wear them ? Also it take 50-70$ for an eye exam once a year if people don't want to pay that so they can care for their eyes then that's no ones fault but their own. Also Lady Gaga did not make this trend even though everyone seems to think so. Asia has Cute trends were as in North America everything is about being sexy. I think you guys should check a little more into it then you did in this post.
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