The New York Times reports on the new manga eye fad, popularized by Lady Gaga, of giant contacts that make you look like an anime freak.
These lenses might be just another beauty fad if not for the facts that they are contraband and that eye doctors express grave concern over them. It is illegal in the United States to sell any contact lenses — corrective or cosmetic — without a prescription, and no major maker of contact lenses in the United States currently sells circle lenses.
Yet the lenses are widely available online, typically for $20 to $30 a pair, both in prescription strengths and purely decorative. On message boards and in YouTube videos, young women and teenage girls have been spreading the word about where to buy them.
While the authorities quoted within pass along the usual warnings of “wearing contacts without prescriptions can damage your eyes, yo!” it doesn’t really cite any actual increased dangers from these kinds of lenses, which are said to be taking off like wildfire on college campuses and among fashion forward young ladies, after sweeping Korea and Japan.
A few seconds of googling and we found them on sale in a variety of colors, so look for lots more ladies going ba ba rom rom everywhere.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.