Laser Treatment to Change Eye Color in Development
A BBC News article reported that a laser system is being developed to permanently change eye color from brown to blue. In a simple procedure, a scan is taken of the patient’s iris and a laser is applied for 20 seconds. After an initial period of iris darkening, the pigment cells in the iris disappear leaving a bright blue iris. The color change is complete after three weeks, and the result is permanent, since pigment cells do not regenerate.
The eye doctors at LaFollette Eye Clinic were initially concerned about creating pigmentary glaucoma with the procedure, but the article revealed the mechanism behind the color change. The laser treatment changes the physical structure of the pigment cells, causing the body’s natural repair proteins to digest the damaged cells at a molecular level. Other concerns remain, such as post operative light sensitivity, glare, and double vision.
Still in the developmental stages, the procedure is expected to be available in Europe in about 18 months; the US can expect availability in about three years. Currently 17 patients have undergone the procedure.
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