How To Feel Blue
There is a pigment called melanin which is responsible for skin and hair color. This 20 seconds surgery removes the melanin from the surface of the iris and permits the light to enter and scatter in the stroma of the eye.
This technique was developed by Stroma Medical, a California based company that works on the basic principle “Under every brown eye there is a blue eye”. There is no blue eye pigment instead, the brown color is due to a thin layer of the pigment on the surface. When the layer is removed, the light enters the stroma reflecting the shortest wavelength in the spectrum which is blue.
The Time Line
The surgery might take just 20 seconds, but it is not all rosy. A very fragile layer is removed which signals the body to eliminate the tissue on its own. This procedure will take weeks before the eyes turns blue.
According, to Dr. Gregg Homer the energy of the laser is too low to injure anyone. It affects only the surface of the iris and does not reach to other parts of the eye affecting nerve endings. The Stroma medical is working very hard to bring the safest procedure so that they can get the approval from the regulatory bodies.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The medical board of the company assures that the surgery is very safe. But only 37 patients have undergone the procedure out of which 17 are from Mexico and 20 are from Costa Rica. The surgery will cost around $5000 burning the pockets out. Ophthalmologists are quizzical about this pricing that is an irreversible procedure. They also fear that release of melanin can cause a blockage. The company denies that it is based on the argument that melanin is a very small particle.
Let’s hope that Dr. Homer’s vision of giving people what they want with full freedom does wonder. The company should answer all the doubtful questions coming their way before it’s in the market.