New laser procedures claim to change the look and color of your eyes.
When it comes to our bodies and our appearance, every person has a few things that they wouldn’t mind changing about themselves―longer hair that curls or straightens with ease, clear skin that shows no signs of bumps or blemishes, or even physical changes to your body shape to have an improved figure. While many people hope and wait for these changes to happen to their appearance, thanks to the growth of technology and beauty products in the last decade, many of these changes are now possible.
However, when it comes to certain drastic changes to our appearance, such as the color of our eyes, the ability to change and adjust this physical feature have been limited to colored contacts or certain eye makeup shades and techniques that project a different color onto your eyes. There has never before been a permanent solution for this desire to change the color of our eyes―until now.
A doctor in California claims to have created a laser that, in just 20 seconds of light to the eye, can remove the pigments in brown eyes so that they gradually turn to blue. However, the process is still in its early phases of development and is undergoing some skepticism from doctors in the vision community.
To understand more about the benefits and drawbacks of this revolutionary procedure, it is first important that you understand where eye color comes from in the first place and how you might go about changing it permanently.
The color of your eyes is a genetic trait that solely depends on the genetic material each parent contributes to their child. However, the parents’ genes can mix and match in many different ways, making it very difficult to pinpoint what color eyes a child will have when they are born.
The colored part of our eyes is called the iris, which has pigmentation inside that determines what our eye color will be. The human eye color originates with three different genes, two of which are well understood. These three genes are responsible for the most common eye colors (green, brown and blue), while other colors such as gray and hazel are not quite fully understood at this point in time.
This process of changing your eye color, which involves a complex computerized scanning system, takes a picture of your iris and works out which areas of your eye which need to be treated in order to achieve permanent color change. The laser is then fired, using a proprietary pattern, hitting one spot of the iris at a time. It then repeats this process several times.
After the first week of treatment, the color will continue to turn darker as the tissue begins to change its characteristics. After a further one to three weeks, the blue of the eye will begin to become much more noticeable as the digestion process starts.
However, Dr. Silverman expressed reservations about this procedure because of the damage it may do to the pigments in our eyes. These pigments are there for a reason and, if lost, you may develop significant problems with your vision such as glare or double vision. “It’s much easier to throw in a pair of colored contact lenses.”
As this product continues to develops further and goes under serious safety testing, we will begin to learn more about this revolutionary procedure and whether or not it will be possible to change the color of our eyes once and for all.