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Do you want blue eyes?

Do you want blue eyes? 0

I’ve written about why blue eyes are blue. It has to do with the smaller amount of pigment in the iris and the Tyndall Effect. Pigment is not blue. It’s brown or yellow. And there are all kinds of color contact lenses that can change eye color and those are pretty easy solutions. Sometimes those color contact lenses can look pretty realistic.

But there are a few other ways and specifically I’m going to mention a way to change your eye color surgically using a laser. It’s not approved yet but if it does get approved this might be a huge thing! The company trying to get approved is called Stroma Medical Corp. They say that their laser can remove the outer layer of pigment cells and leave the rest of the iris alone. That I guess would then allow the Tyndall Effect to occur since the front layer of pigment would no longer absorb light rays.

Their website goes over a few of the concerns people have had with destructing pigment in the eye and the regulatory hurdles they need to get over before it’s approved. I admit, it sounds plausible and interesting. You might need about $5000 to do this and willing to only have 1 eye done at a time with a year wait before the other eye could be done. At least that’s how the procedure would work now.

They also say than they have a method that can predict what your eye color might look like before the procedure. Because there’s a mix of yellow and brown pigment and the amount of those can determine how much green there is in an eye, they must be saying that the results could be slightly different than what you might be expecting. They’ll have to sell some of you to believe a hazel colored eye is just as good as a blue eye. Maybe that’s true. Remember my post about that Afghan girl and her eye color?

Here’s the website below for that company. What I’m going to do is put a google alert on this company so if google gets any news on this I’ll put something in the comment section.

Just a note….I’m not implying that blue eyes are all that. It’s just interesting how we get blue color from our eyes and now this company wants to give brown-eyed people blue eyes while taking your $5000. Would it be worth it?

http://www.stromamedical.com

heterochromia

heterochromia, part brown, part blue

 

 

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Do you remember this picture of the Afghan girl?

Do you remember this picture of the Afghan girl? 1

I saw this picture of the Afghan girl and her eye color and never thought much about it some years ago. For some reason I saw another article about this on the internets and how the author or someone went back to Afghanistan and located the same girl, now a mature lady, and took some more pictures. Here eyes are still beautiful. They’re mesmerizing. I have some patients with eyes like that and they can be startling to see. Almost makes me forget there’s a person inside who’s like you and me. Really! I feel that way about some eyes.

What also is interesting in the picture below is how the facial changes make me wonder what those eyes have gone through over time. There’s a lot that’s happened to this little girl over time. If you could get a picture from when you were a child and recreate the same pose and compare them together, would you have a great story, and/or a difficult one to tell? I’d welcome any chance to see if you could put two pictures of yourself together and then hear what your story would be. I’ll try to get mine and see what I come up with. Stay tuned!

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text