Lady Gaga's Wider-than-Life Circle Contacts Spark a Hazardous Trend
Most women out there know that keeping up with fashion trends can come at a price, whether it is sore feet from wearing the hottest high heels, damaged hair from the chemical treatments needed to get that sun kissed look, or simply the sheer amount of cash that has to be shelled out. But have you ever wanted to be part of the bandwagon so bad that you would risk your health? For many teenagers and young adults, it has come to that point.
Lady Gaga's bug-eyes in her "Bad Romance" video have sparked a trend that has many health organizations and professionals concerned. Inspired fans are seeking "circle" contact lenses which make the eyes appear bigger. Unlike traditional contact lenses, circle lenses cover some of the whites of the eyes as well as the iris. The lenses give people that wear them a Japanese-anime-like, doe-eyed appearance, a look that has become increasingly popular around the world among teenagers and young adults. The lenses are illegal in the United States; however, eager fans have been able to buy such lenses online.
Lady Gaga's eyes may have been digitally enhanced; however, according to professional makeup artist Michelle Phan on her YouTube channel, viewers can mimic Lady Gaga's wider-than-life eyes without the use of a computer program by acquiring a pair of the illegal contact lenses.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology states 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." Additionally, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these circle contact lenses can cause "significant eye injuries and even blindness. Since the entire circle contact lens is in touch with the entire eye, those make the eyes highly prone to eye infections and corneal ulcers."
In short, any type of contact lens requires a prescription and proper fitting by an eye care professional. To ensure the safety and protection of your eyes, it is advised that you visit an eye care professional for whatever contact lens needs you might have.
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