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Gaga's Bad Romance video inspires bad eye trend

The contact lenses that make one look like an anime character on crack are textbook rock 'n' roll: hazardous for your health and wildly popular.

Lady Gaga
Gaga reportedly achieved this look through digital editing, not circle lenses.
Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

In a classic case of life imitating art, more and more girls around the world seem to be all gaga over circle contact lenses that make one's eyes look like an anime character on crack--a look now famously embraced by Lady Gaga in her music video Bad Romance (below).

This trend, described by The New York Times last week (one girl the paper interviewed owns and wears 22 pairs) and lamented by eye-care specialists across the news media, has the potential to scratch corneas and lead to a rise in eye infections and corneal ulcers that in turn could lead to visual impairment and even blindness.

Which in turn has the potential to lead to fewer girls being able to see music videos that inspire bad habits. (I should probably delete this sentence, I know.)

Lady Gaga, who reportedly achieved this look not through circle lenses but rather digital editing, is certainly not single-handedly responsible for making the anime-inspired look popular. But her Bad Romance lyrics, which include the line "I want your ugly, I want your disease," read like a poster for unsafe sex, and seem to sum up pretty well the star's tendency to make chic that which is bad for one's health.

In any event, like so many things that are illegal, unhealthy, and cool, circle lenses are readily available online for less than $30, and YouTube how-to-apply videos abound.