Controversial contact lenses come with a warning
A controversial new fashion trend may be blinding... literally.
As Japanese Anime continues to become more popular, some fans of the artform want their own anime-style eyes. Circle lenses, new contacts imported from Asia, give the illusion that wearers irises are larger than they really are, but the look comes with a heavy risk.
Sites like PinkyPalace.com sell the lenses in a wide variety of colors including yellow, red, and white -- however, you don't need a prescription.
The chairman of the contact lens and cornea section of the American Optometric Association told the Daily Mail that ill-fitting contacts can deprive the eye of oxygen and cause serious damage, and back in 2010, a spokesperson from the FDA told the New York Times they could lead to blindness.
Even the Pinky Palace website offers a warning to buyers. The site says, "Circle lenses are generally safe and are approved by Korean FDA. But precaution is always needed."
The big eye look became a trend in asia in the last few years, and started to get popular here in the U.S. after Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" music video featured the singer with digitally altered eyes. Lady Gaga also wore a dress made of meat, luckily that didn't catch on.
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