Circle lenses, what are they? They give you bright, big, and “anime-like” eyes. A fashion accessory worn by many young women today. Circle lenses are cosmetic contact lenses which were originated from Korea. These lenses sole purpose was to be worn by actors and actresses of Korea, during photo shoots, filming, and etc. However, due to the popularity of these lenses, it is now a growing trend, especially among the Asian countries in Japan, China, and Taiwan. The question now lies on the safety of these lenses. Are they safe or hazardous? You decide.
What’s the Difference Between Circle Lenses & Regular Colored Lenses?
There are some important differences between regular and circle lenses. First off, circle lenses are technically illegal in the States. They are not FDA approved, and do not adhere to their strict guidelines. Regular lenses are, and can be prescribed by an optometrist. You can order circle lenses online and get your order shipped to your door. There is the option of choosing the prescription number with your circle lenses. In terms of appearance, circle lenses are bigger in radius than regular lenses. This is gives people the effect of bigger eyes. Also, these lenses are thicker than regular lenses, which prohibits oxygen to enter through the cornea, therefore your eyesight can worsen. They also contain lower water content, which can dry your eyes faster than regular lenses. Although circle lenses has its cons, so doe regular lenses. Contact lenses are not 100% safe to wear, there are possibilities of bacterial infections or corneal vascularization with both products.
Proper Hygiene & Precautions Are Required
Circle lenses must require proper hygiene and precautions.
It is highly recommended to not wear lenses over 10 hours. You can dry your eyes out, and your cornea will be deprived of oxygen.
You should never use your saliva to clean your lenses. Surprisingly, some people do this! It is very unhygienic, and your contacts will become a breeding ground of bacteria.
Always change the contact formula after use.
You should not wear circle lenses while you are swimming or getting wet at the beach. This can seriously irritate your eyes.
Discontinue to wear lenses if your vision gets cloudy or blurry, because it’s not worth damaging your eyes.
Lady Gaga Hype with “Circle Lenses”
Lately, there has been a lot of hype with Lady Gaga wearing circle lenses in one of her music videos. The media went nuts over these lenses, and not in a positive way. I’ve been reading random articles talking about the negative effects of these lenses, and how they can make a person go blind. To be honest, I am not sure if they are talking about the right kind of lenses, if they are thinking about those cosmetic lenses you get for Halloween. However, I did read some stories of people getting blind after wearing a fake brand circle lenses. It is unlikely that you will go blind, but it is likely that your eyesight will worsen, and not counting naturally aging eyes. Famous Youtuber, Michelle Phan, made a tutorial to get Lady Gaga’s look in that particular music video. Michelle wore circle lenses and digitally altered her eyes to appear huge. However, she received some critcism about “encouraging girls” to wear these lenses. However, media tends to be exaggerated, and I personally thought Michelle’s tutorial was awesome. Some circle lens users claim that these negative charges is a form of “conspiracy” and a load of baloney.
My Personal Experience with Circle Lenses
I was offered to try on a new pair of Geo Angel Brown lenses a year ago, and at the time, I was more than happy to. I liked how the lenses looked on me, it really defined my eyes and made them look brighter. I continued to wear them for 7 months, but then I had to go to the optometrist for my yearly eye exam. While I was taking the exam, I told my optometrist that I was wearing circle lenses. Keep in mind that she is a young Korean American, so circle lenses are familiar to her. Her reaction shocked me, she said that circle lenses were bad, and that she had some patients that had serious long-term damages from wearing them. Even caused blindness in one patient. I was scared back then. The good thing was, my eyes were in good condition. That was a big sigh of relief! I know wear regular contacts. I feel more comfortable trusting a trained professional rather than my own opinions or conclusions on these lenses. However, the choice is always yours to decide. Does the outcome justify the means? Do the pros outweigh the cons? You decide.