Laser Procedure Brown Eyes
November 2, 2011 by staff
Gregg Homer of Stroma Medical told KTLA.com that he has been working on the technology for 10 years.
Even brown-eyed people have blue eyes underneath the brown layer of pigment, Homer said.
He uses a laser tuned to a specific frequency to remove the brown pigment from the surface of the iris. The procedure takes about 20 seconds.
When laser energy is absorbed by the eye’s brown pigment, Homer says the pigment tissue changes and then the body sheds the altered tissue, changing brown eyes to blue within two to three weeks.
The brown tissue never regenerates.
Homer told KTLA.com that tests have shown no signs of tissue damage so far. He still has another year of research to complete on the procedure.
Homer is a former entertainment lawyer turned law professor who obtained a science degree at Stanford while teaching, Stroma CEO Doug Daniels told the Orange County Register. Homer already holds several patents.
Stroma will present the research and findings at a medical device investing forum in California later this month.
Homer believes the procedure will be available outside the United States in 18 months and in the U.S. in three years.
It will cost about $5,000.
Homer told KTLA.com that thousands of people have already emailed him expressing interest.
“A blue eye is not opaque, you can see deeply into it, and a brown eye is very opaque. I think there is something very meaningful about this idea of having open windows to the soul.”
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