The combination of Anime and American teenagers has produced a number of things we might be better off without. The suffixes -chan, -hime, and the word baka used without discrimination, not to mention an extensive new genre of slash fanfiction, and now: dangerous contact lenses.
The New York Times reports on a new trend among young girls in America: circle lenses.
Lady Gaga’s wider-than-life eyes [from the Bad Romance video] were most likely generated by a computer, but teenagers and young women nationwide have been copying them with special contact lenses imported from Asia. Known as circle lenses, these are colored contacts — sometimes in weird shades like violet and pink — that make the eyes appear larger because they cover not just the iris, as normal lenses do, but also part of the whites.
Some girls are wearing them every day, like "mascara or eyeliner." The problem is... they're illegal to sell in the US and many doctors think that they are harmful to the eyes. The eyes that are wearing them, we mean.