Have you ever wanted blue eyes? If so, you may soon be able to buy them! A laser is being perfected to change brown eyes to blue. Brown eyes are heavily pigmented versions of blue eyes. In approximately 30 seconds the new low energy laser disrupts this layer of pigment, causing the body to initiate a natural and gradual tissue-removal process. Once the tissue is removed, the patient’s natural blue eye is revealed and the brown eyes you once had are changed to the blue eyes you’ve always dreamed of.
The procedure is capable of removing all brown pigment from the iris. After the procedure, however, many patients will have a so-called “limbal ring,” which is a ring of dark pigment around the outer perimeter of a light iris. This can be very attractive. It is unclear whether or not the pigment cells will regenerate after treatment. Nothing in pre-clinical or clinical studies has suggested otherwise.
This laser may be used to treat a condition known as “heterochromia,” where the color of one eye differs from the color of the other eye or where a single eye features more than one color. The treating physician will determine whether this laser (and to what extent) it can be used to treat these conditions. In most cases, however, the physician will likely choose to treat both eyes to ensure that the color matches as closely as possible.
This procedure is not currently available to the general public. Two generations of laser devices and a series of human studies must be done to confirm the safety and efficacy of the procedure. The next step will be to treat about 120 patients in multiple countries and follow them for a predetermined length of time Due to the relative cost and complexity of releasing a cosmetic medical device in the United States, the procedure is expected to be released outside of the United States before being released in the United States. Projected release date in the United States is late 2015.
If you are interested, the treatment will cost approximately $5,000. It will not turn your eye blue immediately. It takes a few weeks for your eye to heal and become the light blue you desire. The only difference between a blue eye and a brown eye is a thin layer of pigment covering the iris. Although, your eye will not always turn blue, depending on the underlying hues in your eye, your eye could turn out light blue, dark blue, violet or even grey.
Would you change your eye color permanently? Colored contacts exist to to change up your look for a hot date or a night on the town, but permanently changing your eye color? Can’t believe it won’t be such a foreign concept in the near future!