Docs See Big Problems With 'Big Eye' Contacts

Ophthalmologists not happy about Lady Gaga-inspired fad
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2011 3:02 AM CST
The lenses Lady Gaga wore in the "Bad Romance" video have helped start a trend.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The huge eyes Lady Gaga sported in her Bad Romance video have sparked a dangerous trend, eye doctors warn. Gaga's big eyes were computer-generated, but "circle lenses" that offer the same look are now widely available online, with no exam or prescription required, the Chicago Tribune reports. Doctors warn that ill-fitting contact lenses can damage the cornea and cause permanent damage to vision.

"There are bound to be complications from the way they're being dispensed," says a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology say. "Kids are going online and buying them like they're an earring or a nose ring. They're not being fit, and all eyes aren't the same shape."

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