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Forget coloured lenses; now get blue or green eyes

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Delhi: Soraya (name changed) from Iran was not very happy with her natural brown eyes. But the 20 something now flashes startling green eyes.

Post Surgery

Post Surgery

Pre Transplant

Pre Transplant

All this is thanks to an Indian doctor who is among only four doctors in the world to conduct a procedure that permanently changes the colour of the eyes. So, it is goodbye coloured lenses.

Dr Shibu Varkey

Dr Shibu Varkey

Like Soraya, there are more than 50 people from several parts of the world who have flown to India to get their eye colour changed from Trichy (Tamil Nadu)-based ophthalmologist Dr Shibu Varkey. Dr Varkey is the only surgeon in India who performs the iris implant that permanently changes the colour of the eye. The other three are based in Mexico, Lebanon and Turkey.

Medically called the Bright Ocular Iris Implant, it takes over an hour to perform.

Under the procedure, an artificial silicon lens with the colour of the patient’s choice is placed on top of the original iris. It costs about Rs 450,000.

“Since I started in February last year, I have carried out 60 such operations. Of them, only 10 are from India, the rest are from different parts of the world,” Dr Varkey told IANS.

Dr Varkey is associated with the Vasan Eyecare Hospital and also travels to other parts of India if his patients so require.

“I started the iris implant for medical reasons. I came to know about brightocular implant online when I had to treat a boy with a damaged iris,” Dr Varkey said.

“The process of implanting the iris for medical purposes was done earlier too, but with the brightocular iris implant, the cosmetic reasons have been on the rise,” Dr Varkey added.

Among his 10 Indian patients, eight had the procedure performed for purely cosmetic reasons, he said.

Dr Varkey said he has performed the procedures on patients who had come to him from Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Britain, Mongolia and Japan, among other countries.

“It is a permanent procedure and there is no need for anybody to change it every month. However, if anybody wants to get back to the original eye colour or even put a new colour, it is possible through another surgery,” Dr Varkey pointed out.

He said most of his patients are models or people in showbiz.

“Mainly models and those in show business have come to me for this procedure. Interestingly, many Asians in the UK and the US also want to change their eye colour so that they can mix with the local population,” the eye surgeon said.

Though Dr Varkey claims no side effects, the iris implant is still not permitted for cosmetic purposes in the US.

“It is not banned in the USA, but one requires to get a three-phase approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At present, the approval process is in the third phase of the clinical trial,” Dr Varkey said.

It is not just about changing the colour of the eye; one can also have designs and pictures drawn on the silicon implant.

A patient can choose from colours such as smokey grey, amber, light grey, new turquoise green, new sea green, baby blue, olive green and many more, Dr Varkey said.

The surgery, however, cannot be undertaken by any and every one. A thorough eye-check-up has to be done for determining the eye pressure and the number of endothelial cell in the eye, and a careful study of the retina also has to be undertaken.

“For about a week the patient has to take care of the eye. They have to wash them regularly and also have to use eye drops for almost a month. I also make sure that patients test their eyes every two years and send me the reports,” Dr Varkey added.

One of Dr Varkey’s patient’s, Kim (name changed) said: “I am very happy after getting blue flower design on my eyes. Now, I look cool.” [IANS]

By Shradha Chettri

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9 Comments »

Comment by rania baskharon
2014-04-10 13:05:02

I wanna ask if i can fix my vision coz my is -4:50 if this can be done at tge same time with operation or i have to go for this earlier or later

 
Comment by Paras gupta
2016-11-03 15:33:26

I wanna change my eye color into blue, what is a procedure to change a eye color, Is this process is in India I m ready for this price contact me on this no.8273384397.

 
Comment by Naima
2016-11-24 23:37:35

I need to know the price in US dollars and I need to change my color from a brown to blue and I want to know what’s the process and that’s my email you can email me and thank you so much

 
Comment by Naima
2016-11-25 00:50:33

My phone number (551)204-1264
My email Havana.aladeen@gmail.com
Please I need to know all the details or no change in eyecolor from brown to a blue I need also the hotels that I have to stay if it’s next to the the hospital and all that stuff thank you so much if you can get to me you can get and what sup or up my phone or or saw my email thank you this is NAima
From USA

 
Comment by Paras Gupta
2017-02-11 16:29:00

Hi
I am Paras
I wanna know about bright ocular surgery. My eye color is brown . I wanna change my eye color permanently please tell me that it’s possible to the eye color change permanently & how much money pay for the surgery. i wanna change my brown eye turn into Baby blue eyes please contact me on this 8171389942.
I m From India.

 
Comment by Poulomi
2017-08-23 15:52:02

I want to change my eye colour black to Grey. Please give an an idea of the expenses.. Thank you

 
Comment by Tariq Al Fayad
2017-09-05 09:22:58

Artificial iris anterior chamber implants were originally developed for therapeutic purposes but have been used recently for the cosmetic alteration of eye colour. Iris implant surgery is an option in patients with aniridia and traumatic iris defects for better cosmesis. The cosmetic iris implants have more risk of developing severe eye damage permanently. Complications like Uveitis, Corneal Oedema, Cataract, Increased IOP, Glaucoma, and Decreased Vision do occur.

 
Comment by Tariq Al Fayad
2017-09-05 09:23:52

Artificial iris anterior chamber implants were originally developed for therapeutic purposes but have been used recently for the cosmetic alteration of eye colour. Iris implant surgery is an option in patients with aniridia and traumatic iris defects for better cosmesis. The cosmetic iris implants have more risk of developing severe eye damage permanently. Complications like Uveitis, Corneal Oedema, Cataract, Increased IOP, Glaucoma, and Decreased Vision do occur. Read more @ https://tariqalfayad.com/blog/cosmetic-iris-implants/

 
Comment by M. Shaima
2017-10-04 23:39:01

I want to change my eye color .is it possible and is it performing in INDIA, and what about it expenses.
Phn no.08805259905

 
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