Now, laser eye surgery in Glasgow can be used for things other than correcting a person’s vision and eyesight as Stroma Medical was able to use a similar procedure to eliminate the brown melanin present in the iris to produce blue eyes.
Blue eyes have long been a measure of attractiveness due to their affiliation with famous Hollywood stars and personalities. Many other theorists believe that blue eyes can better reflect pupil dilation, which is a signifier of attraction.
The rarity of the eye color may also lend justification to why many people are attracted to it as just 17% of the world’s population has blue eyes.
However, genetics aren’t the only dictators in the production of eye color due to this new medical procedure.
Dr. Gregg Homer, the pioneer of this procedure, told CNN that there is no actual blue pigmentation in the eye and that the brown color just covers the blue eye under it.
The laser treatment developed by his team allows the body to naturally remove the tissue that was disrupted by the laser. The procedure takes only 20 seconds but the natural process of removing the tissue would take weeks. After the tissue is removed, the blue eyes would then emerge.
According to him, taking the pigment away allows light to enter the stroma which then scatters and reflects the short light waves that produce the blue color at the end of the light spectrum. This has a similar effect and rationale to the Rayleigh scattering that makes the sky appear blue.
Only a total of 37 patients have undergone the procedure as of date and all of them belong to the South American countries of Mexico or Costa Rica. The Food and Drug Administration of the United States have not approved of the method yet.
Despite that, Homer believes that the procedure is perfectly safe and may even be safer than laser eye surgery that correct astigmatism or nearsightedness because the laser intensity is lower and does not, in any way, touch any nerves that affect vision.
Studies are yet to be conducted due to the lack of funding. But Homer believes that, if approved, the procedure would cost about $5,000 to do.