New laser eye procedure can turn brown eyes into blue!

30 Mar 2015

Just when we think that it is simply not possible for any further new cosmetic procedures when it comes to our eyes, what goes and happens? Yep, that’s right, along comes another new cosmetic treatment that is almost impossible to fathom!
I mean seriously, did any of us (ok well did you?) ever expect that some day – I mean, in our lifetime as opposed to in some futuristic movie – it would be possible to undergo a procedure that could physically change the colour of our eyes from brown to blue?
Well folks, by all accounts this is the latest next big thing that is coming to the USA and very soon it will be possible for you to go from brown eyes to blue in just 20 seconds. (Sounds more like a movie title I know, but this is actually a soon-to-be reality).
Of course, as with any new procedure that is developed when it comes to the area of health and cosmetic surgery, the first essential requirement is a clear market demand. In this case, that box is well and truly ticked. Why? Well, with an estimated 50% of the world’s population having brown eyes, and less than 20% having dreamy (and much yearned for) blue eyes, there is absolutely no doubt that millions of men and women the world over would happily pay to swap their brown eyes for blue!

A laser treatment but it will take weeks for the eye colour to change

The treatment itself - which by the way is still currently undergoing clinical trials – will be delivered by laser, as with other forms of corrective laser eye surgery. And apparently it will last approximately 20 seconds. That’s pretty fast, no doubt about it, but the procedure itself is actually only the start of the process; the change in the eye colour from brown to blue will actually take a few weeks to come about.

How is it even possible?

This laser procedure works by disturbing the thin layer of pigment that exists on the surfaces of all brown irises. Essentially what this means is that underneath every brown eye, there is a blue eye which up to now has always remained hidden and unexposed.
Now, if the pigment is taken away what happens is that the light can enter the stroma—the little fibres that look like bicycle spokes in a light eye—and when the light scatters it only reflects back the shortest wavelengths which is the blue end of the spectrum.
It’s an illusion of light essentially; as light travels it changes the appearance of everything that it reaches on its way.

Not vision related – just purely aesthetic

Though this latest optical cosmetic surgery treatment is delivered via a typical surgical laser method, it is important to stress that it is in no way vision related - unlike vision related conditions such as myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia, all of which use laser surgery to correct and restore vision.
So, although the techniques used in all laser eye treatments may be pretty similar (they all involve using a laser to correct some sort of issue within the eyes), there are fairly obvious and major differences when in terms of the actual purpose of the treatment from the point of view of the patient.

So for example, as the function of the pupils is purely to give the eyes their colour (ie aesthetic purpose), the laser procedure used in changing the eye colour from brown to blue is focused on the pupil area of the eyes and nothing else.
The cornea, on the other hand, is the lens which controls and determines vision and as a result, laser eye surgery which focuses on this part of the eye is purely concerned with correcting vision related problems, such as those referred to above.

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