Girls go for Lady Gaga look with eye-widening lenses

Screenshot from Lady Gaga's videoclip Bad Romance

Women who long for doe eyes and an intense gaze have a new ally: eye-widening circle lenses. The trend, which was born in Asia, hit the US this year after Lady Gaga appeared with digitally enlarged eyes in her music video, Bad Romance.

Circle lenses, which often come in vivid colours or don little stars and hearts, cover part of the white area in the eyes to make the pupil look larger. The lenses have been sold freely for years in countries like South Korea and Japan, where young girls try to create manga-like faces with the help of heavy eye makeup and cosmetic lenses. In South Korea, big doe eyes are the main criterion for hip “Ulzzang” (or “best face”, in Korean) youths, some of whom have shot to Internet stardom based solely on their looks.

Circle lenses are illegal in the US because they haven’t been approved by federal health officials, but that doesn’t stop teenagers from buying them online from foreign Web sites and posting online tutorials on how to achieve the perfect Lady Gaga look.

US opticians expressed concern that the lack of quality control could lead to problems ranging from mild irritations to blindness-inducing infections. Leading circle lens manufacturers say their products are as safe as any other contact lenses and have been approved by all Korean and Japanese health authorities.

Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Look Tutorial. Video posted on YouTube by MichellePhan, January 18, 2010.

"They're a fun and easy way to change my look"

Violet Le Beaux is a fashion and lifestyle blogger. She lives and works in Australia. Her Website.

I don’t wear circle lenses every day, I use them more to make a point of interest to my outfits. I wear them because they’re a fun and easy way to change my look on a day to day basis. Obviously if I was to go out with lenses and no other make up it might look very strange but lenses (just like any other fashion accessory) need to be styled to achieve a nice look. I wear Hime Gyaru fashion, which is a street fashion from Japan with very styled hair and eyes.

The lenses can be very comfortable depending on the brand. I get mine online and am very happy with them. Before trying them I spoke to both my optometrist and the owner of the website to get recommendations, correct eye care advice and find out which lenses would suit my particular eyes.

The most irritation I have experienced is having slightly dry eyes after wearing the lenses all day, this is easily fixed with eye drops. Good hygiene is VERY important when using anything that is going to touch your eyes."

"Beginner's circle lenses". Video posted on YouTube by elisasung, January 29, 2010.

"Contact lenses should never be bought over the Internet"

Roland J. Izaac is an Optometrist. He lives and works in Singapore.

From a medical point of view, colored or cosmetic lenses are not any less safe than prescription contact lenses, as long as they are manufactured according to the correct protocol and thoroughly cleaned before and after wearing them.

However, it’s never a good idea to get lenses over the Internet. Firstly, because it’s hard to be 100% sure that the products respect adequate quality standards. Secondly, because any person who wants to wear contact lenses, whether it be for eyesight or aesthetic reasons, should see an optometrist at least once to check that his/her eyes can stand them (some eyes don’t produce enough tears and will very quickly become dry and itchy). A follow-up visit after several weeks of wearing lenses is also a good idea, because you don’t always notice a nascent infection straight away.

I’ve seen young patients catch serious eye infections because they share their coloured lenses with their friends, depending on what eye colour they feel like having that day! That’s one of the worse things you could possibly do to your eyes."

 

Photo posted on ulzzang-kawai blog, June 2nd, 2007.

 

Photo posted on Flickr by Violet LeBeaux, April 1, 2010. Her website.

 

Photo posted on Flickr by Violet LeBeaux, February 20, 2010. Her website.

 

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Comments

Would you risk your eyesight for a Lady Gaga look?

As someone who already wears specs, I would not put myself through the torture of wearing lenses, corrective of otherwise, that look three times the size of my natural eye! For the now, it's fun to look "different" but these people don't realise the damage they are doing to their eyes. Why experiment with such a sensitive part of your body? I think it's ridiculous and would never try it. Even though i like Lady Gaga's music,her fashion sense lacks drastically!

Circle lenses

Actually, girls who wear circle lenses have been doing so long before Lady Gaga came on the scene, and are not copying her, so keep your idiot comments to yourselves boys.

Many of us already wear prescription lenses, and HAVE been to the Optometrist and been fitted, so as long as we keep up the same hygiene practices as with our other lenses, it is no different, even if we did buy the lenses online. (I don't know anyone who shares lenses, but obviously this would be silly). Larger eyes do make you look amazing, and though we all know beauty is in the heart, it's nice to look good on the outside too.

the gaga thing

Awwwww man!!!!!!!

Some people are such sheep!!!!! Copy every goofy fad that comes up. Beauty is an attitude, a feeling of confidence. Some of the most alluring women in history were not great beauties - but they had substance - and a beguiling personality. Go ahead and blow all your cash on this absurd fad. If you have nothing else, you'll still be ordinary - with light bulb eyes.

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