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'Circle lenses': That big-eye look could lead to big eye problems, doctors warn

January 19, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health

Trendy fads look cool but sometimes clash with what’s healthy. That's what eye doctors have been saying about nonprescription "circle lenses" that create a big-eye look made popular by Lady Gaga and Japanese anime characters.

This Chicago Tribune story explains why doctors aren't crazy about this new contact lens fad that kids can easily buy online. It says:

"Often sold as one-size-fits-all, with no exam or prescription required, circle lenses are contacts with a tinted outer ring overlapping the white of the eye, making the iris, or colored part of the eye, appear bigger. They come in a variety of colors and usually cost $20 to $30 a pair."

So what's the problem? This article points out some unpleasantness that can ensue.

Gees, makes ordinary eyeglasses seem not so bad after all.

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