37 patients have already turned their brown eyes blue in Mexico and Costa Rica, according to a CNN article dated March 6th, 2015.
Journalist Peter Shadbolt reports about the controversial laser procedure created by Pharma group Stroma Medical, which triggers the body to eliminate the brown pigment, and the industry’s skepticism.
At the scale of the planet, only 17% of the population has blue eyes, a rare feature that may be available tomorrow with a 20 second laser treatment and $5,000.
And a few weeks of patience, as the body will slowly remove the pigment as a consequence of the laser procedure. The eye underneath appears blue, ‘the effect is similar to the Rayleigh scattering of sunlight in the sky — the physics that makes our sky appear blue’.
It’s science fiction turned reality.
‘[…] today there’s a medical procedure that can permanently turn your brown eyes blue. Pioneered by Stroma Medical, the laser procedure works by eliminating the brown melanin that’s present in the anterior layers of the iris.
‘The fundamental principle is that under every brown eye is a blue eye,’ Dr Gregg Homer told CNN, adding that there is no actual blue pigmentation in the eye. ‘The only difference between a brown eye and a blue eye is this very thin layer of pigment on the surface. If you take that pigment away, then the light can enter the stroma — the little fibers that look like bicycle spokes in a light eye – and when the light scatters it only reflects back the shortest wavelengths and that’s the blue end of the spectrum.’
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