As posted on CBS.com, a California scientist claims to have developed a simple procedure that turns brown eyes blue. Dr. Gregg Homer of California based Stroma Medical, the company behind the experimental procedure, says that he's convinced it doesn't affect vision. But the color change is permanent, so those blues eyes will be crying if the old brown eyes are missed.
The key to the procedure is a specially tuned laser that destroys the natural brown pigment melanin in the iris, the eye's central colored portion. The laser treatment takes about 20 seconds, with the color change occurring gradually over the next two to three weeks.
You might wonder, why go through all that trouble and face risk when you can just slip on a pair of colored contact lenses?
"Nineteen million people wear colored contact lenses, but light-colored contacts on dark eyes look unnatural and the wearer can't see as well," says Doug Daniels, Stroma Medical's CEO. And contact lenses carry risks as well, including the possibility of serious infections.
Dr. Homer says that he foresees another year or so of testing, with the technique becoming available outside the U.S. within 18 months and in the U.S. within three years and the procedure is expected to run about $5,000.
So...How badly do you want blue eyes? It's a permanent commitment. Do you think you'll regret it?