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Blue-Eyed Girl

– November 11, 2011; Noofa Hannan, Howl Staff

A California medical company claims it has developed a procedure to turn brown eyes blue, permanently. According to Dr. Gregg Homer of Stroma Medical Corporation in Laguna Beach, California, this procedure is possible because brown eyed people have blue eyes underneath.

She used to be a brown-haired, brown-eyed Indian girl. This is the "after" photo.

Confused? Well, this is what he has to say: “Anyone who has brown eyes has blue eyes underneath and it’s covered by a thin layer of pigment. We’ve developed a laser that can be fired straight through the clear part of the eye, the cornea, and it disrupts the pigment so it initiates a process in the body that digests the pigment and removes [the pigment] from the eye.”

Even more interesting is the time estimated for this procedure: only twenty seconds! It’s also very simple, apparently. The client is asked to stare into a little animated screen while one eye is covered; then the same is repeated for the other eye. People interested in getting this procedure, though, should note that it’s impossible to go back to brown once the process is complete. It’s going to cost around $5,000 and people will have to patiently wait because it won’t be available in the United States for another three years.

The procedure has already gotten hugely popular, according to Homer, who says he has received nearly 3,000 requests since being interviewed on a Los Angeles television station. “I’m incredibly excited about it,” Homer says. “I have light eyes and I think brown eyes are just as beautiful as blue eyes. But I started doing this because I thought it was a cool technology and I thought it would be nice for people to have a choice. I’m glad other people think it’s cool, too.”


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