What Can't Lasers Do? One Inventor Claims They Can Change Your Eye Color

A new procedure can turn brown eyes to blue in just 20 seconds

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This will give new meaning to the term lying eyes: A doctor in Laguna Beach, California, has developed a method for permanently transforming brown eyes to blue, using a laser to destroy brown pigments in the iris. After the procedure, which reportedly takes less than a minute, the eyes will gradually change color over a two- to three-week period, as the destroyed melanin is slowly shed, revealing the blue color the melanin had concealed. The above picture shows someone who has had the treatment on just the eye's lower portion.

Gregg Homer, who first filed a patent on the procedure in 2001, told KTLA news in Los Angeles that he expects it to become available in the United States in about three years and to cost around $5,000.

Among Homer's other patent applications, we can find a "method and device for dermal retraction and collagen and elastin generation" and "smart sex toys" (almost NSFW). Neither of those has been issued, despite excellent imagery in the latter's paperwork.


Image: KTLA.
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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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