Opticians have warned that the current trend of young adults wearing colored contact lenses could damage their eyes. Inspired by Lady Gaga in her video “Bad Romance” (see below), thousands have now bought these contact lenses from foreign websites for around USD 30, without an eye examination or a prescription. Popular with teenage girls and women in their twenties, they imitate the round, oversize eyes of Japanese anime characters.
Eye specialists worldwide are expressing concern that people are buying online without proper fitting as all eyes are not of the same shape and size. The lenses could fit too tightly. That could decrease the amount of oxygen reaching the eye and if untreated, the blood vessels can grow through the line of sight, causing permanent vision impairment.
Other possible dangers include allergic reactions, corneal ulcers, corneal scarring and abnormal blood vessel growth in the cornea (which can cause permanent blindness).
Corneal Ulcers - the most dreaded complication of wearing contact lenses - can lead to permanent blindness
However, eye specialists seem not to be too concerned if these lenses are prescribed by opticians, after due examination and measurements have been undertaken.
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- A Buyer’s Guide to Colored Contact Lenses (everydayhealth.com)
- Eye Infection From the Use of Contact Lenses (brighthub.com)
- Lady Gaga lenses can damage eyes: optometrists (cbc.ca)