Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

A California company says it’s testing a laser-based process that can permanently turn brown eyes blue, something it says a lot of brown-eyed people want. Stroma Medical of Laguna Beach says the process is not reversible and cannot be used to turn blue eyes brown, but its research indicates far more dark-eyed people want blue eyes than blue-eyed people want dark eyes. Stroma CEO Doug Daniels said the process uses lasers to remove melanin, pigment that is a factor in eye color, in the eye without damaging vision. The company’s name refers to the place in the iris, or stroma, that contains melanin. About 80% of people have dark eyes, but Stroma said two separate research surveys have shown 17% of them would change their eye color to blue if it was safe and effective.