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26 Jan 2013 - 18:4696491
Warning: Fake Circle Lens Seller - AVOID - Could damage your eyes!
I thought this was relevant due to a lot more cosplayers are beginning to use coloured contact lenses/circle lenses now in their costumes, so I wanted to post this warning on a seller so people can be fully informed before making a purchase.

From a friend of mine on Facebook: "be careful and watch out for EyeCandys. EyeCandys is the new name for EyeCandyLens who were found to be dealing with fake circle lenses last year, they caused severe health problems and damage to the eyes of a blogger"

If you were unaware of the damage badly made contact lenses can cause, please check out this blogger's article.
http://www.hystericbynature.com/2012/04/how-circle-lens-damaged-my-eyes.html
Not only does it list the damage caused to her eyes, but in the comments it is listed where this company have purchased their fake/rip-off brand name lenses, not the original Dueba company itself.

Of course please make your mind up but I wanted everyone to be fully informed and remember if you do choose to wear circle lenses please get regular checks from your contact lens specialist/optician.


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29 Jan 2013 - 22:5996653
I personally think all circle lenses are bad for the eyes and you should only buy contacts that have been approved by opticians. I buy coloured lenses from a website that only sells trusted contacts and you can get them in zero power or your prescription.


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Last edited by Leonie Heartilly (29 Jan 2013 - 22:59)
30 Jan 2013 - 13:2096674
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
I personally think all circle lenses are bad for the eyes and you should only buy contacts that have been approved by opticians. I buy coloured lenses from a website that only sells trusted contacts and you can get them in zero power or your prescription.
That's good for you. However your view is a little ignorant, as most circle lens brands are approved by opticians and can be fitted by opticians in the country they are produced in (Most cases Korea). The big circle lens "scare" started by an ill-informed article about Lady Gaga wearing them (and the FDA cracking down on them).

So by you saying "I buy lenses from a website that only sells trusted contacts", so do many people that buy the official brands through trusted sellers. There is absolutely no difference. Hope that helps.


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31 Jan 2013 - 03:2496717
Quote c-schneider:
That's good for you. However your view is a little ignorant, as most circle lens brands are approved by opticians and can be fitted by opticians in the country they are produced in (Most cases Korea). The big circle lens "scare" started by an ill-informed article about Lady Gaga wearing them (and the FDA cracking down on them).

So by you saying "I buy lenses from a website that only sells trusted contacts", so do many people that buy the official brands through trusted sellers. There is absolutely no difference. Hope that helps.


Not necessarilly ignorant. As you say they are mainly produced in Korea and they are not licensed for safe use in the UK and considering this site is mainly for people in the UK I feel my comment was valid. Yes you can import ones that are approved in Asia by opticians (bescon and GEO for example who have sites in English with certificates) but I "personally" wouldn't want to wear them unless UK opticians approved them. You have to be very careful with regular contacts as it is and considering the diameter of circle lenses are larger than what is considered "safe" in regular contacts then there is always a risk involved when wearing them.

"They are not licensed for safe use in this country and I do not think they have FDA approval in the USA. They appear to be made in Asia and there is no information that I can find regarding clinical trials or what material they are made of. It is illegal for anyone to sell you these lenses in prescription form without a valid written prescription by a contact lens practitioner or optometrist."

Quote from a Qualified optometrist from Specsavers

I'm not trying to be argumentitive by the way, if you trust them then fair enough. But I have researched if they have passed UK testing and therefore do not feel I was being ignorant.


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01 Feb 2013 - 17:4096789
Not to mention that the person who wrote the blog post you linked should not have been wearing them for as long as they did, sponsored or not. CLs only cause discomfort during wear if they are split, inside out, or if your eyes are dry (which is how infections start). I.e. if your eyes hurt, there is something not right and you should remove your lenses!

That girl got off pretty lucky, actually, looking at her fluoroscein photos - I've seen much worse. Treat it as a cautionary tale for CLs in general, not just imports.



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01 Feb 2013 - 18:2796793
I know people like to be accurate for cosplays and all, but you only get one set of eyes. There's photoshop for this sort of thing.


01 Feb 2013 - 21:4096807
What happened to that girl's eyes is awful!

I sincerely hope she recovers.

Personally, as with all things you have to look after yourself and use some common sense. "No pain, no gain" is a stupid attitude, if it hurts DON'T USE THEM. You may lose the money you spent on them but you only get one set of eyes for life.

I've had nothing but bad luck with circle lenses to the point where I don't think my eyes are the right shape to wear them. It takes far too long to put them in and they always hurt like hell. I've also had foggy vision from wearing them even for a couple of minutes.

I keep trying them, perhaps I'll find a brand that are softer or are a better shape for my eyes, but nothing will stop me from taking them out and ditching them. Sight is too precious.


04 Feb 2013 - 01:0496867
Quote silver-vixi:

I've had nothing but bad luck with circle lenses to the point where I don't think my eyes are the right shape to wear them. It takes far too long to put them in and they always hurt like hell. I've also had foggy vision from wearing them even for a couple of minutes.

I keep trying them, perhaps I'll find a brand that are softer or are a better shape for my eyes, but nothing will stop me from taking them out and ditching them. Sight is too precious.


Have you tried normal-sized coloured contacts? It's possible that circle lenses are just too big for your eyes to be comforable with them. Unless you were going for a character that is known for having massive eyes circle lenses aren't really needed anyway and you can use regular contacts if you just need to change the colour of your eyes. They can give a more realistic and natural look.

Unless you already have I would go for a contact lense fitting at your opticians too as they can then tell you if you have a certain shape to your eye or something and check the general health of them. If you're within a certain time frame since your last eye test Specsavers will offer a free contact lense trial and you don't have to buy them if you don't want/ need them.


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04 Feb 2013 - 22:1796888
Leonie Heartilly : I can usually wear normal sized coloured contacts, it's only circle lenses I seem to have a problem with. I don't wear contacts normally, although I do wear glasses in certain situations (driving, close work). I've never been offered them by my optician - so perhaps they know something I don't! I do know I have eye muscles that easily fatigue and so I have a constantly changing prescription, I can't afford to keep up with the changes though... one day!

I may do as you suggest however and when I travel back to my opticians (80 miles away ; I'll have them check.

I just like the look of circle lenses, they look so pretty to me! ^^; it's probably very immature to keep wanting to try them.


04 Feb 2013 - 23:1596891
Quote silver-vixi:
Leonie Heartilly : I can usually wear normal sized coloured contacts, it's only circle lenses I seem to have a problem with. I don't wear contacts normally, although I do wear glasses in certain situations (driving, close work). I've never been offered them by my optician - so perhaps they know something I don't! I do know I have eye muscles that easily fatigue and so I have a constantly changing prescription, I can't afford to keep up with the changes though... one day!


I'm short-sighted but don't have to wear my glasses full time and I wasn't offered them either, I had to ask for a trial. They must of just assumed I wasn't interested as I do not have to correct my vision all day (although I have noticed how bad it is lately so I wear prescription contacts at weekends now so I don't miss anything when I go out places). I used to get zero power contacts but now shall be trying them with a little power (I cannot get my full prescription because I wear toric lenses and you can't get them coloured) so I'm not completly blind at cons!
It's worth asking about it, they just might not of thought you were interested in them =)


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10 Feb 2013 - 04:3897132
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
I personally think all circle lenses are bad for the eyes and you should only buy contacts that have been approved by opticians. I buy coloured lenses from a website that only sells trusted contacts and you can get them in zero power or your prescription.


Might I ask what website this is? I've been trying to find somewhere that does prescription coloured contacts for ages that I feel comfortable ordering from. From UK websites, I've only seen the Accuvue ones and the like, that have about 4 colour options, which make a very subtle change.

So far I've been eyeing up PinkyParadise, which I have seen recommended by a fair few people, and which does sell the contacts I need. I've been a little worried about circle lenses being bigger, but I've worn non-prescription ones from Tokyo Toys before, which were less than a millimetre smaller than the ones I'm now looking at. I know eyes are dainty areas, but less than a millimetre is a VERY small difference surely?


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10 Feb 2013 - 13:0797135
Quote diphenhydramine:
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
I personally think all circle lenses are bad for the eyes and you should only buy contacts that have been approved by opticians. I buy coloured lenses from a website that only sells trusted contacts and you can get them in zero power or your prescription.


Might I ask what website this is? I've been trying to find somewhere that does prescription coloured contacts for ages that I feel comfortable ordering from. From UK websites, I've only seen the Accuvue ones and the like, that have about 4 colour options, which make a very subtle change.

So far I've been eyeing up PinkyParadise, which I have seen recommended by a fair few people, and which does sell the contacts I need. I've been a little worried about circle lenses being bigger, but I've worn non-prescription ones from Tokyo Toys before, which were less than a millimetre smaller than the ones I'm now looking at. I know eyes are dainty areas, but less than a millimetre is a VERY small difference surely?


Don't be so sure. With an area so delicate it can make a massive difference in comfort. Unfortunately with contacts, you won't know until you try and you can't refund them if they cause discomfort. You can take the risk and be pleasantly surprised, or have contacts you can't use but you'll know the maximum your eye can take as a result :3


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10 Feb 2013 - 14:4797138
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
Quote silver-vixi:
Leonie Heartilly : I can usually wear normal sized coloured contacts, it's only circle lenses I seem to have a problem with. I don't wear contacts normally, although I do wear glasses in certain situations (driving, close work). I've never been offered them by my optician - so perhaps they know something I don't! I do know I have eye muscles that easily fatigue and so I have a constantly changing prescription, I can't afford to keep up with the changes though... one day!


I'm short-sighted but don't have to wear my glasses full time and I wasn't offered them either, I had to ask for a trial. They must of just assumed I wasn't interested as I do not have to correct my vision all day (although I have noticed how bad it is lately so I wear prescription contacts at weekends now so I don't miss anything when I go out places). I used to get zero power contacts but now shall be trying them with a little power (I cannot get my full prescription because I wear toric lenses and you can't get them coloured) so I'm not completly blind at cons!
It's worth asking about it, they just might not of thought you were interested in them =)


Leonie, I also use toric lenses. Though my astigmatism is quite high.. May I have some information on what you use so I could look into it too? I've got some plain grey ones from Vision Express though they have no power so I'd have to wear my specs anyway. However I wouldn't mind a little bit of power so I'm not completely blind, and if they work for you there's a better chance they'd work for me.


13 Feb 2013 - 09:4097266
The girl on the blog brought it on herself.

She says she has been wearing contact lenses since she was 12, and circle lenses since she was 15 or something, and is now 20, so she should be clued up on her eyes when something isn't quite right.

She should have took them out as soon as she felt she had a problem, any contact lense wearer should know that, even newbies.


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