Have you ever wondered what it would be like to change the color of your eyes permanently? For some people, colored contacts aren’t enough. They want to change the color of their eyes permanently so they have surgery. But this kind of surgery is not approved by the FDA and that’s why it is not performed in the U.S. To have the surgery performed, you need to travel outside of the U.S.
Jacksonville, FL ophthalmologist Dr. Arun Gulani says the surgery is referred to as an iris implant, where the surgeon places an artificial implant over the patients’ iris. He knows a lot about the surgery because he fixed a woman’s eyesight after she had complications from the procedure.
Not every patient of the surgery has their eyesight entirely restored. Dr. Kerry Assil of Southern California saved the eyesight of his patient in one eye but the other eye was irreparably damaged when his patient came to him. Dr. Assil explains that the material used to change his patient’s eye color had been doing “silent damage” and says it is comparable to sandpaper grinding on the surface of the eye.
The risks of permanently changing one’s eye color with surgery include loss of cornea, cataracts, inflammation inside of the eye, and a severe form of glaucoma that can lead to blindness. Doctors are adamant in their warnings against this type of surgery.