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Blue eye treatment in controversy

A laser treatment that can alter your eye colour is caught up in controversies.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 03, 2012 12:18 IST
Shara Ashraf
Shara Ashraf
Hindustan Times

A laser treatment that can alter your eye colour is caught up in controversies.

A new laser treatment meant to alter your eye colour from brown to blue forever has caused ripples in the beauty world. Gregg Homer, a PhD in biology, based in the US has patented the eye colour changing therapy and claims that his invention is safe and will change people's lives for the better.

The therapy has become controversial, as doctors doubt its safety credentials. It's also being called frivolous vanity, and netizens are blasting the procedure.

eye"This is great news! If you're shallow and narcissistic enough to worry about such things," posts Aqualung 2012 on The treatment is also causing some blue-eyed divas turn green with envy.

"People born with blue peepers should be getting all the attention. NOT the new blue eyes people!! I have always got attention for my eyes, but now I am jealous because now I won't have the upper hand!," reads a toungue-in-cheek post by Kathryn on

Drawing flak
Closer home, some say that the technology reeks of racial bias.

"Why would you want to kill your racial identity for the sake of vanity? It's time we give up our obsession with blonde hair and blue eyes," says Dr Anup Dhir, cosmetic surgeon, Apollo Hospital.

However, some doctors are planning to launch the technique in India once the safety approvals from FDA (Food & Drug Association, USA) come.

Dr Ajaya Kashyap, plastic surgeon, Fortis la Femme says, "Shah Rukh Khan's superhero look in Ra.One popularised blue contact lenses. Those who wear blue lenses have already started enquiring about the procedure. I will launch it soon if it's found to be safe." However, Dr Seema Malik, cosmetologist, Eleganza, warns of the dangers involved.

"There can be complications, and if you don't like the results, you can't do anything about it," she says.

Actor Gauhar Khan too believes that fiddling with nature isn't right. The actor once went for temporary lip augmentation and was terrified with the results. "When I saw the mirror, I could hardy recognise myself. Thank God it was not a permanent treatment or else I would have been left with regrets," she says.

The blue eye fascination
While Indian actors and models are often seen wearing blue contact lenses, even international celebs such as singer Britney Spears and socialite Paris Hilton reportedly wear lenses to turn their brown eyes blue I experiment a lot with coloured contact lenses. They help me flaunt different looks. But blue eyes forever can be boring.

Rakhi Sawant, item girl

Unless it's a corrective measure, I will never advise anyone to indulge in such reckless vanity. Such drastic treatments take away your identity

Gauhar Khan, actor
Shah Rukh Khan's superhero look in Ra.One popularised blue contact lenses among guys.

First Published: Dec 31, 2011 19:09 IST