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The Truth About Circle Contact Lenses

Updated on May 12, 2011

What Are Circle Contact Lenses?

Circle contact lenses are contact lenses that are bigger than the normal size of your iris. They actually extend over the whites of your eyes to make the color of the iris look larger. They can be tinted lightly or have a heavy colored tint to give your eyes a deeper, exotic color. They make a normal eye appear to be much larger and in doing so makes the eye look more beautiful. The big eye look is very popular.

Circle contact lenses are illegal to be prescribed in the United States but can be readily found online for about 20 dollars. Currently in the United States no contact lenses can be legally sold without a prescription.

Contact lenses which result in artificially widened eyes have become very popular. The types of eyes that are trying to be duplicated have become popular because of animated shows and fashion trends resulting from high profile entertainment people.

There is a lot of controversy that surrounds the use of circle contact lenses. Users buy them outside of the United States and the can potentially damage their eye and impair their vision for the sake of improving their looks.

Circle Contact Lenses
Circle Contact Lenses

Possible Risks

Before you use circle contact lenses you need to be aware of the risks. Is it worth losing your vision for a desire to be more attractive?

Here are some of the possible risks of using circle contact lenses:

1. Improper fit can scratch your eye which may lead to infection. Because contact lenses lie directly on your eye ball they need to be professionally fitted. Contact lenses have to be measured to fit the curve of your eyes in order to lessen risk of damage.

2. Contact lenses that are not sold under federal guidelines my not meet health and safety standards.

3. Eye pain may result from using circle contact lenses.

4. Prolonged wear of circle contact lenses can cause an infection.

5. Because users have several pairs they tend to take them off and on like a pair of earrings. This type of increases usage also create a higher risk of something happening.

The Alternative To Using Circle Contact Lenses

An optometrist can prescribe cosmetic contact lenses which can give close to the same affect as circle contact lenses. The are sold in a variety of colors to enhance the look of your eye.

Because they are prescribed by the eye doctor they will fit right and have less risk to eye damage. However you will find the lens cost to be higher and you have to pay the optometrist also.

Circle Contact Lenses Before and After


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      Dani 6 years ago

      It amazes me that some of Youtube's users actually try to say that America bans these things because Asian eyes are shaped differently, so Asians wearing them aren't in danger, while Americans who do wear them are in danger. I found this article to be very informative. I'm considering contact lenses (they would HAVE to be from an optomotrist because of my eyesight and the me having an astigmatism in both eyes) and I do kind of want either colored lenses or lenses to give the affect of a larger eye but I want all of the facts before going in to talk to a doctor about it. Thank you for posting this highly interesting article.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      PaperNotes, I agree with your comment about the circle contact lenses being the same risk as regular contacts lenses. The risk is probably increased because more people use them. Thanks for the comments.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      midnight, it amazes me what some people will do in the name of being fashionable

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      I've been debating over this issue too and have seen many people wear and recommend them. I think the issue is more of the fashion circle lens being sold online, rather than cosmetic lens are prescribed by an optometrist. IMO prescribed cosmetic lens will be no greater harm compared to non cosmetic prescription lens. It is mainly how we put it on and handle the lens that makes them risky.

      Great hub!

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      Haydee Anderson 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      being fashionable is not worth the risk of using unregulated accessories, specially those with direct contact with our eyes.