You Can Now Get Jewellery Inserted INTO Your Eyeball - Any Takers?
Usually, getting something in your eye is a pretty dire experience - but now you can pay good money to have platinum jewellery implanted straight into your eyeball.
If you get the shakes when it comes to coping with putting contact lenses in, you're probably going to want to look away now.
The procedure, which only takes five minutes, is apparently pain-free (yeah, me neither), but we're not sure that the words "incision" and "eyeball" should ever be used in the same sentence.
This new cosmetic procedure is all thanks to a doctor in New York, who will happily stick a star or a heart into your eye for all to see.
The 'SafeSight' jewellery is always platinum, which has less chance of causing an allergic reaction than other metals, and is shaped to fit against the curve of the eye.
Dr Emil Chynn, an ophthalmologist at Manhattan's Park Avenue Laser Vision and possibly a... visionary.... (BANTER), claims that recovery takes only three days. Once the conjunctiva (that's the mucus membrane that he's just sliced into) seals up, you can't even feel your new bling.
Over in the U.S, there are only two or three people walking around sporting eyeball jewellery, but it's apparently very popular in Europe.
Dr Chynn is the only surgeon in New York who'll perform the gag-inducing surgery, although there are rumours that an unnamed celebrity had it done in Los Angeles.
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If you're dying to see more of this horror, here's a video of the procedure taking place.
First, topical anaesthetic is applied (thank god), before the surface of the eye is sterilised. The eyelids are held open while Dr Chynn dives in to make his incision and place the jewellery.
They will give you a Valium before the op to calm your nerves, but even so, this seems a bit much - especially when you're paying $3,000 (£2,250) for the privilege.
"This is a purely cosmetic surgery," Chynn told The Mirror. "It is not widely sought and I'm performing less than one surgery per year, out of a population of over 325 million."
The trend started in The Netherlands over a decade ago, where adverse side effects (like, you know, going blind) have been non-existent.
But most medical experts aren't keen, and until the jewellery receives FDA approval we'd advise caution. Not deliberately inserting a foreign body into yourself does sound like common sense, really.
So yes, you can now have ACTUAL stars in your eyes... but would you want to?
Words: Daisy Jackson
Featured Image Credit: The Simpsons, FOX
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