Eye surgery from a Dr Homer
Would YOU risk it?
Those who wish they'd been born with blue eyes may shortly have access to a innovative laser technique that will burn the melanin off the front of their irises and turn them blue. Dr Gregg Homer of Laguna Beach in California is seeking funding of £500,000 to start a human trial of the eye colour changing procedure which he has …
Will people not stop at anything to change themselves? This is ridiculous. I wouldn't undergo pointless procedures to change eye colour. After all, there must be some risk involved. I don't think putting a laser in my eye for a terrible reason is a good idea.
Like an earlier gentleman posting here, I thought this would be about anal bleaching too. Since this is El Reg, I'm going to go ahead and assume that was intentional, though.
That would be the case, those with Blue eyes have a harder time seeing in bright light, but also pickup a broader wave length of light, thus see a little better in the dark. It has it's pros and cons I suppose, but people that need their vision in daytime should not do this, especially people like pilots, race drivers etc that may find themselves with a new handicap. Now on the other hand, nighttime workers like special forces may benefit.
I have light blue eyes and, as a result, had the wonderful experience of going snowblind at 18, and being photophobic for the rest of my life. I can't go outside without sunglasses, even on cloudy days. I can't drive during sunlight hours unless I have sunglasses on, because my eyes tear up too much. Even walking down a street with light-colored sidewalks is painfully bright.
The notion of willingly giving up your melanin for cosmetic reasons baffles me.
Get some colored contacts and keep your eyes protected, for gosh' sakes! Being blue-eyed may look cute, but it sucks in the sun.
(Closest icon to being blind).
Y'know, I always wondered why I could see better in the dark than most people.
Thanks for the illumination (pun intended).
Though fortunately mine are a sort of grey-blue, rather than light blue, so I can manage without sunglasses when it's overcast, but struggle even with them on a bright summer's day.
Don't do it people, it ain't worth it.
...the brown is caused by pigmentation, the same as the skin generates to protect itself. So wouldn't brown eyes be more resistant to sun damage? And isn't this why blue eyes are more prevalent in the Northern (and I guess Southern) latitudes? There being less harsh light there? Ok, so in the very extreme North/South there is snow glare to deal with as well.
I guess this procedure might help the David Bowies of the world...but really...get a grip people.
If you compare it to the cost of buying much more expensive blue contacts for a lifetime, it might actually come in cheaper, so not really a rip off. Waste of money might be a better description, but I suppose people spend more than this for decades to slightly alter the shape of their nose, cheeks etc. The important thing I think people should remember is that no amount of money can buy self-confidence (though getting big boobs does seem to maybe be an exception to this rule ;-)
Well, as someone who has been shot in the eye with a laser (20 Watt Argon; beautiful green colour, about 1M times the brightness of the sun, such that it instantly cauterizes the retina!), I don't think I'd let anyone except a VERY excellent retina surgeon do the shooting.
Besides, who wants blue eyes. Green eyes are the rarest and most desirable!
P.S. I have some retina photographs from after the laser surgery. They resemble a planet after a bout of phasering from an orbiting starship. ;-)
P.P.S If y'all want to really be grossed out, look up "vitrectomy". Yeah, it was cool to see the silhouette of that needle as it went in (Yeah, I was conscious.). That cataract surgery was a blast, too!
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