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July 6th, 2010
02:36 PM ET

A 'bad romance' between eye-popping contact lenses and optometrists

Lady Gaga peers at the camera through exaggerated, gargantuan eyes on her Bad Romance video.

Seen here on her music video, her buggy eyes have reportedly set off a trend among teenagers who seek to stretch their eyes to cartoonish  sizes.

These contacts, called circle lens, cover more than the pupils to include the whites of the eyes, making them appear bigger.  They’re also illegal in the United States.  But that’s not stopping the Internet trade.

Lady Gaga did not wear contacts for her appearance on her music video.  The eye-popping effect was generated by a computer, according to the New York Times.

Optometrists aren’t quite pleased with the fad in decorative lenses, something that comes up around the Halloween season too.

The American Optometric Association warns that “consumers who purchase lenses without a prescription or without consultation from an eye doctor put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection, or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss.”

Here are other risks associated with the improper use of decorative contact lenses: conjunctivitis (swelling or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids), swelling, allergic reaction and corneal abrasion due to poor lens fit, reduction of sight, contrast sensitivity and other general eye and vision impairments.


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  1. Gerri Sue

    I love Lady Gaga! There are even Youtube videos that show you how to make your eyes look bigger, not using contacts. That first comment up there doesnt even make sense, but oh well, someone going off on their "hating" on Lady G. WHO CARES, LADY G IS AWESOME, and here to stay!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. blahblahblah

    i love how side convos always get started in the comments...and its funny how if you google circle lenses its a fad sweeping asia...oh how the culture latches on to new style trends. must be implanted from the constant need to be up-to-date with their gadgets

    July 7, 2010 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mr. Johnsmith

    Lady Gaga is HOT. She is on top of the WORLD right now. Of course she is going to have haters! But you know that Haters make her just as famous as her FANS! I LOVE HER, she is so inspirational and makes me feel good about who I am as a person. Queen Gaga!

    July 7, 2010 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. steeve-o

    So teens are trying to emulate Gaga by getting these contacts, but she didn't actually use them? Wow people are so dumb. Let em use them and get eye infections, it's Darwinism hard at work for a better (and smarter) tomorrow.

    July 7, 2010 at 11:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. steeve-o

    Too bad the bugeye contacts couldn't make them see how much Lady Gaga SUCKS.

    July 7, 2010 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jaxson13

    I could respect Lady Gaga much more if she were a Duchess.

    July 7, 2010 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ashley

    Um, they must not know about all of these "hood" Chinese ran hair stores around here that sells contact lens.

    July 7, 2010 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. DontEverDoThatAgain

    This is pretty sad. I mean these young girls would risk messing up their eyes to look like an overrated 'artist' like Lady Gaga #donteverdothatagain

    July 8, 2010 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Wise24153

    to: SacCaHeaders
    I reported your comments. So much anger! So much profanity! So not needed!

    July 12, 2010 at 20:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Shawna

    Wow. Don't any of you people have real lives? Seriously, there are more important problems in the world now.

    August 29, 2010 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. lady gaga

    Hi, I like your website, I am a little monster and I think Lady Gaga is the best.

    July 5, 2011 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Eli Tarley

    aily wear soft contact lenses are typically the least expensive option. You wear the lenses during the day, and remove them each night to be cleaned and disinfected. How long you can use a single pair of daily wear lenses varies depending on the manufacturer..-."

    Check you later http://ideascollection.org/index.php/

    June 16, 2013 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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