Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What is Cosmetic Iridoplasty?
It is a procedure that by using a low energy laser removes the pigment from the iris of the eye to change its color.
How is the eye color change achieved?
The color change is achieved by removing the brown pigment from the anterior layer of the iris. Once this layer disappears, the eye acquires a green or blue-gray color.
Can you treat any type of eye color?
No. At this stage we are only doing the procedure in the colours of light brown, amber, hazel and green irises. We are not doing the procedure in dark brown eyes.
Why can not the procedure be done in dark brown eyes?Because it is not possible to clarify so much. People with dark brown eyes have pigment in the stroma, under the previous pigment layer, and that pigment can not be removed with our laser.
In the future can the procedure be done in dark brown eyes?
Yes, probably. With the advances in laser technology, the stromal pigment will be eliminated.
Can the patient choose the color that will eventually be?
No. The procedure removes the brown pigment and the resulting color will also depend on the characteristics of the iris stroma, for example, amount and thickness of fibers, pigment between the fibers, etc.
How many sessions do you have to do to get the color change?
Until now, selecting light brown eyes we have seen that 3 or 4 sessions are enough to achieve an iris clearance.
How often are the sessions?
The sessions are done with a rest period of 1 or 2 weeks between them.
How is recovery?
After each session the vision is blurred. That day is recommended to rest. The next day you can make a normal life.
How old do I have to be to have the procedure?
The patient must be over 18 years old and ideally under 45 years old.
Is this result permanent?
The medical follow-up does not ensure that the pigment will not return, but apparently during the first 12 months in the first patients, there is no re-pigmentation in any of them.
Can it cause Glaucoma?
Until now the results indicate that the treatment causes only transient increases in Intraocular Pressure, without causing a permanent rise. That is, it does not cause Glaucoma.
What complications can occur?
There may be transient increases in eye pressure, mild inflammation (red and light sensitive eye) and blurred vision immediately after each session. We have not seen long term complications.
Is there a possibility of having infections after the procedure?
No. The procedure is performed with a laser, neither the doctor nor the staff has contact with the patient’s eye.
Is it necessary to do some exam before the procedure?
Yes. Fundamentally to rule out that the patient has other diseases.
Can I have the procedure if I have Lasik Surgery?
Yes. Previous refractive surgery does not influence the procedure.
Can I have the procedure if I have myopia and astigmatism?
Yes. Visual defects such as myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia do not influence treatment.
Can only one eye be treated?
Yes. Above all, it is the treatment indicated for people with Heterochromia.
Does the color of the skin influence the procedure?
Influences indirectly because people with dark skin tend to have more pigment in the iris.
Was this tested on animals before?
Yes. There are international studies that were done on rabbits with good results and
especially showed that the procedure is safe.
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