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Circle Lenses- Health Hazard or Fashion Accessory?

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There’s been a lot of controversy in the news this week about Circle Lenses. So what exactly are they?

Circle lenses are  special contact lenses  designed to give the wearer a wider,doe-eyed look , originally gaining popularity in Asian countries where girls often strive to achieve a Westernised look. The lenses have colour covering the majority of the lense,causing the colour to extend beyond the iris making it look bigger.

Lady Gaga is attributed to leading the Circle lense trend with her Bad Romance video, even though her own eyes were altered in post-production.

So where’s the controversy?

Circle lenses are widely available on the internet, from numerous retailers at a very inexpensive price, throwing the question of quality in the air.  Because the lenses are so inexpensive, US officials believe they are made from inferior materials.Many available on the US market haven’t been authorised by health officials .Opticians are worried that the lack of quality will lead to eye infections , damage to vision and even loss of vision altogether.There have been no reports of damage to eyes so far, but opticians say it could take as little as 24 hours following an infection.

One site, Circlelens2u.com sells the controversial lenses for as little as seventeen Singapore dollars (around eight pounds.)

What do you think? Would you give these lenses a try or do you think they are hazardous and should be made illegal?

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Written by amylisam

August 18, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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