Have you always felt a little cheated by Mother Nature’s choice of your eye colour? Maybe you’ve always felt like you should be rocking some baby blues instead of your somewhat “ordinary” brown eyes. Well you may be able to stop purchasing those coloured contacts soon; a new procedure has been developed that uses lasers to change the pigment of your iris. Unfortunately, this new technology is only able to change brown pigment to blue right now.
There is a certain balance of a pigment called melanin in your iris; depending on which way it tips the scale, you will either have dark (brown) eyes or light (blue) eyes. Any other eye colour, like green, would require a whole other type of pigment thrown in to develop which is why the technology to create green eyes has not yet surfaced.
So how does this procedure work? Although the results are truly “eye-catching” (pun intended), the science behind it is quite simple. All you have to do to reveal your hidden blue eyes is to remove the thin layer of melanin that is covering your iris. This is done with a laser, similar to LASIK treatments for vision, and is quick (normally less than a minute) and painless. Once the procedure is done, you will notice the brown of your eyes slowly “melting” away over the next few weeks, leaving behind the stunning baby blues you always had hiding!
Currently this technique is brand new to the vision world. It will also cost you a pretty penny to have done, usually up to $5000 for both eyes. Other methods are also being developed, such as implanting silicone (kind of like a permanent contact) into eyes to change their colour, as well as some talk about actually dying the eyes. Not only will the development of these surgeries be sought out by those looking for aesthetic changes, but also for those whose health could benefit, such as people with ocular albinism or iris atrophy.
Any treatment to alter the colour of your eyes needs to be proven safe before anyone seeks to do it. This is why the simple laser treatment to remove the pigment is one of the most talked-about procedures. You should never do anything to your own eyes that is not recommended or provided to you by an eye care professional.