Doctor Claims To Irreversibly Change Eye Color From Brown to Blue
Did you ever thought about the possibility of changing your eyes color to blue? If yesterday this was only just a dream, a doctor made it true by showing he can permanently change a person eye color in under 30 seconds.
Doctor Gregg Homer, who works at Stoma Medical Center in California, uses a special kind o laser to change the eye color from brown (the most common type of eye color) to blue, using his Lumineyes technology. The laser works by burning the brown color pigment also know as melanin contained in the upper layer of the iris the result beeing baby blue eyes within two to three weeks.
The Lumineye technology shaves one layer of brown pigment leaving one blue layer instead. You can see the results below, in a patient on the lower half of the eye.
Doctor Gregg Homer and his technology can provide a powerful alternative for contact lenses for people who want light colored eyes. The down side is that the procedure is irreversible as the iris can not regenerate and turn brown again.
Stroma medical is now in the human clinical testing stage, but lacks half a million euros to complete, but all is up to schedule according to Dr Homer, and the procedure will be probably available in the United States within 18 months and all around the world in about three years, at a cost of three thousand euros.
Doctor Homer has been already contacted by hundreds of possible clients. “They say the eyes are the window to the soul”.
CEO of Stromal Medical, Doug Daniels was sceptical at first when Doctor Homer first told him about his procedure. Eye color is an inherited characteristic, and brown eyes are the most common color type. A blue pigment does not normally exist in nature, people with blue eyes actually have lower concentrations of melanin (pigment) in the front of the iris thus their eyes are blue. People with higher concentration of melanin in the front of the iris have dark coloured eyes.
In 2008, scientists from the Copenhagen University showed that all blue-eyed people are the descendants of a singer ancestor carrying a mutation for blue eyes that lived ten thousand years ago. Before that all humans had brown eyes according to Proffessor Eiberg (study leader). This mutation is not considered either bad or good, but part of the many mutations that shape our daily life as hair color, nose length, predisposition to certain diseases and so on.
Proffesor Eiberg stated at the time that : “‘It simply shows that nature is constantly shuffling the human genome, creating a genetic cocktail of human chromosomes and trying out different changes as it does so”