It’s probably no surprise that I, along with many women (Asian in particular), absolutely LOVE the invention of Circle Lenses – contact lenses that are coloured beyond the circumference of normal iris. They give the effects of cute doll-like eyes, and make glamming up so much easier.
I’m not naive enough to not know that circle lenses are all more harmful to the eyes than clear contact lenses. However I was shocked to see these footages on a Taiwanese show shortly after arriving here:
The footage shows a circle lens being swirled around in some rubbing alcohol. And after a mere few seconds, some of the dye on the circle lens actually came off, staining the cotton tip touching it.
The show goes on to explain that, whilst the eye in which the circle lenses are placed on, contain no alcohol, some of the products you place in the eye may eg. eye drop. The dye that comes off can irritate the eyes, causing irreparable damages over time, and can even be carcinogenic.
Now I’m not usually one to propagate a single TV piece – see my previous ranty piece on The Misinformed Shopper. However upon further research I came across this Taiwanese blog post, in which the same experiment was carried out by soaking 4 brands of circle lenses in Eye Wash Solutions and Eye/Lip Makeup Removers ie. liquids that WOULD be placed into the eyes frequently. Now that is something to worry about!
I’m not going to discourage anyone from wearing circle lenses – in fact I certainly won’t. However let’s remind ourselves that we only have one pair of eyes, and not be, errr, blinded by our pursuit of beauty.
So whether you are about to jump onto the circle lens bandwagon, or are a seasoned user, please abide by my few tips:
- Research, research, research – find reputable, ISO certified brands that have been around for quite some time.
- Ensure you purchase from reputable sellers, there are a lot of fakes for the big circle lens brands (eg.GEO).
- Don’t scrimp! Expect to pay at least AUD$35 for a pair of circle lenses. Less and you may be in danger of purchasing a substandard brand or fakes.
- Don’t purchase circle lenses that have the colour printed on the side that would touch your eye ball. The best choice would be to purchase ones that have the colour sandwiched in the middle of the lens, but they’re limited to a couple of brands only (Acuvue and Cibavision as far as I know).
- Carry out the soak test in eye makeup remover to check if the dye comes off.
- Don’t wear circle lenses on a regular basis – not everyday and no more than 5 hours at a time.
- Remove the circle lenses as soon as they start to irritate your eyes. If the irritation happens more than a couple of time, toss them in the bin and don’t repurchase the same ones – ever.
Keep these tips in mind, and we can continue to sport our doe-eyes without hurting our vision!
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