The short answer is no, LASIK cannot change your eye color. LASIK has been used traditionally to correct certain eye conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Many who undergo this procedure no longer have to rely on contacts or glasses to be able to see and even drive safely. LASIK has been extremely successful with more than 20 million people worldwide undergoing the procedure.
As with many medical advancements, it is often discovered that a medication or lasers can have multiple uses. When it comes to laser technology, there is now the potential to change a person’s eye color. However, the laser that is in development to change eye color is a completely different laser than the ones used for LASIK.
Why are Blue Eyes so Desired?
There are several theories as to why blue eyes are seen to be more desirable. One theory is that blue eyes stand out more. Others argue that pupil dilation, which signifies if the person is attracted to another person, is easier to see. Many people also have family members or friends with beautiful blue eyes.
In the past, those who want to change their eye color might have had to rely on colored contacts. However, this new laser technology can potentially provide a better solution in the near future.
Can a LASER really Change Your Eye Color?
In short, lasers can change the color of dark eyes to lighter colors. This is because all eyes are fundamentally the same with the difference being that brown eyes have a layer of pigment on the surface that covers the blue iris. By eliminating the brown melanin, or pigmentation, the eye would appear blue.
Is the Procedure Safe?
Preliminary studies have shown no safety concerns when it comes to the procedure. This is due to the use of a low-intensity laser. However, this technology is still being evaluated and it is not yet available for commercial use. The main concern is that the pigment could clog the drainage channels as the body eliminates it. This could lead to a rise in pressure that could result in glaucoma.
Can I get this Procedure Yet?
Although preliminary studies have shown that this type of laser eye surgery is safe for patients, very few individuals have the opportunity to undergo the procedure. Just under 40 people in South America have had the procedure performed. Technology is advancing rapidly and it is expected to be available in the United States within the next 5 years.