New Surgery Will Turn Brown Eyes Blue...Permanently

Princess 19 on 26 Nov 2011 at 11:00am

Have you ever been envious of Paul Newman or Charlize Theron's eyes?  Admit it, at some point we've all  secretly wished we were born with big baby blues.  Even Dorothy wanted to "dye her eyes to match her gown." Well, one doctor has found a way to go from brown to blue...permanently.

Dr. Gregg Homer of California-based Stroma Medical is in the process of perfecting a technique that utilizes a laser to remove the pigment of the iris, the colored part of the eye. 

His technique can turn "brown-eyed girls" to blue ones.  According to Dr. Homer, when the melanin (the pigment that gives the eye or skin/hair it's color) is removed, it will appear blue. 

“We use a laser, and it’s tuned to a specific frequency to remove the pigment from the surface of the iris,” said Dr. Homer.

He says all brown eyes are actually blue underneath. 

The baby blues of Charlize Theron

The treatment takes about 20 seconds to do per eye and the change is irreversible.  His team has been working in this technique for over a decade and they claim that no damage is done in the process.

But, before you start making plans to dump your colored contacts to the be the next Charlize, maybe you should ask, "Is this really safe?" 

Here's what some RealSelf doctors said:

"Liberating pigment from the iris is a good way to cause glaucoma," warns Dr. Benjamin Ticho.  "We see this every day as a result of trauma. Blue contact lenses are safer, and let you change your mind." 

"The reason a brown iris is brown, is that it contains more pigment than a blue iris. Therefore, if a device were used to knock some pigment off of the iris it would certainly become lighter, if not blue," says Dr. Anthony J. Kameen.

But he echoes Dr. Ticho: "Dislodged pigment has to go somewhere and there is actually a type of glaucoma called pigmentary glaucoma, in which the iris pigment falls off the iris naturally, and the collected pigment clogs the outflow channel of the eye causing glaucoma.

"So, couldn't this procedure cause exactly that?"

If it did, that would not be good.  

We've seen other options for those folks that just have to have ocean-colored peepers, like implantable contacts (which are normally used to correct vision).  But, even these types of devices or procedures are said to be questionable.

So, don't be so quick to trade in your colored contacts.  At the very least, you know that they are safe AND you have the liberty to go back to who you were before you became blue.  In any case, this procedure is about a year away from being available to the public.

And you thought laser eye surgery was just to fix your vision.  Think again!

How far would you go to change your eye color?  Sound off in the comment section. 

Watch the full report regarding the new procedure:


Photo credits:  Fiickr By Look Into My Eyes and by info.frankjgonzales