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Jars of eyes: Sample of the contact lens are placed at the stall for customers to have a peek at it before purchasing.
HAVING perfect vision is no longer the only thing that matters.
For the young and trendy, the latest fad is to look doe-eyed and this is now easily achieved by wearing enlarged coloured contact lenses.
These large lenses cover the white of the eye, making the iris appear bigger.
This look is popular as the user projects an innocent appearance, similar to fashion doll Blythe, known for its large head and big eyes.
Contact lenses were originally used to treat vision problems but now people use the, to complement their looks or have eyes the colour of their favourite celebrity.
The trend surged recently, with more women seeking the doe-eyed look and some contact lens manufacturers are cashing in on the demand, by producing lenses with a larger diameter.
College student Sharon Chan said she has always dreamt of having big eyes and this lens is just perfect for her.
She said she felt better about herself and more confident.
“Contact lenses are cheap and it can make a huge difference in the way I look,” said Chan who wears enlarged blue lenses.
However, most prescribed lenses do not come cheap.
At optical shops, they are priced between RM50 to RM150 for three pairs.
Due to the demand for coloured lenses, many fashion clothing vendors are also selling the lenses imported from China and South Korea.
A check found that traders at several night markets in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, also sell the designer contact lenses.
These come in various sizes and colours, featuring a wide array of designs and which are not found in optical stores.
Customers at night markets also get to choose lenses with designs such as hearts, roses or stars printed on them, said Cherry Wong who operates a stall in Taman Connaught, Cheras.
She said most customers usually look for the preferred diameter before choosing the designs.
Wong has a stack of files for non-prescriptive lenses priced at RM10 per pair and prescribed ones that cost RM15 to RM25 per pair.
Besides night markets, customers also go to a wholesale mall to buy in bulk.
During a visit to the centre, five shops were found selling the contact lenses.
One store has stacked its supplies behind rows of handphone accessories, and are only sold in bulk.
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