(ORDO NEWS) — For those looking to change their eye color to look like Daniel Craig or Angelina Jolie, a new laser procedure can help. The California-based company is going to offer an eye color correction service for just $ 5,000. The technology, now undergoing clinical trials, removes pigment in the iris that prevents the eyes from showing a blue tint.
Blue eyes are always hidden under brown eyes. They are separated by a thin layer of pigment on the iris, says Gregg Homer, chief scientist at Strōma Medical.
The new procedure uses a low-power laser that sends radiation through the transparent cornea of the eye, which is absorbed by a dark dye (pigment) that covers the iris. The tissue is naturally removed and the natural color of the eye is exposed, according to the company’s website.
So, if you remove the pigment, then the light will penetrate into the stroma. When scattered, only short wavelengths will be reflected, giving the iris a blue color.
Only 17 percent of the world’s people are blue-eyed. For the rest of the people, and there are about 80 percent of them, until recently, colored contact lenses were the only solution.
According to Strōma Medical, the operation itself takes only 30 seconds, and the complete color change of the eye occurs within about two weeks. The new technology has already been tested by 37 people in Mexico and Costa Rica. In the coming years, the company hopes to complete clinical trials, increasing the number of patients to 100.
Strōma Medical claims the technology is safe:
It is difficult to inflict any damage with such a weak laser.
It is noted that the laser acts only on the iris, without affecting the pupil and not getting inside the eye, where the optic nerves are located. However, ophthalmologists at London Eye Hospital say the procedure can clog the drainage channels of the eye, which in turn can lead to increased intraocular pressure and increase the risk of glaucoma.
Ongoing clinical trials, however, leave time for reflection, including on the moral side of the issue.
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