06. November 2011
Millions of people all over world use contact lenses to avoid wearing glasses or to escalate the appearance of their eyes. Usually, contact lenses offer better peripheral vision and do not affected by the rain, snow, or sweat. But, the matter is that, contact lenses can not tolerate fire because heat from fire melts the contact lenses as lenses are made of plastic. However, people also can go through cosmetic surgery instead of using contact lenses. Recently, a doctor, named Dr. Gregg Homer, who is the founder of the medical equipment company Stroma Medical, California, United States, has developed a new laser treatment to change the color of eyes to increase the appearance of the eyes.
According to the developer of the treatment, application of the laser light for 20 seconds can eliminate the pigments of the eyes, which helps to change the color of eyes form brown to blue. The blue color is already present in everyone’s eye, which is not visible for the pigments of the brown color. As the laser light eliminates the pigments permanently, the blue color would be permanent and irreversible.
During this treatment, firstly, the pigments in the iris are determined using computerized scanning system. Then a tolerable laser light is applied to a spot of the iris that agitates the pigments. Repeating the process for 20 seconds, the laser is applied to the whole areas where the pigments situated. At the end of the first week of the treatment, the eyes become darker. In the meantime, the digestion process starts, which changes the eye color to blue after two to three weeks.
However, some eye specialist have stated against the newly developed laser treatment. According to them, the elimination of the pigments could carry some eye problems like glare or double vision. They said that without the pigments, the eyes are not capable to control the light getting in. On the other hand, Homer strictly said that the laser treatment has no side effects. “This is only around one third to one half as thick as the pigment at the back of the iris and has no medical significance,” he said. He also admitted that he tested for several medical safeties before and after the treatment for three months. He said, “Thus far we have no evidence of any injury.”
The company believes that the laser treatment will be popular than the contact lenses and other cosmetic surgeries. Completing a survey Stroma Medical got that about 17 percent of 2,500 people are interested for the treatment and 35 percent of them would seriously consider it, according to the BBC reports. The company is now in search of an investment of $750,000 to complete the clinical observations. Homer estimated that the laser treatment would cost about $5,000.