Want to add some permanent “cute” and bling to your face? Eyeball tattoos, permanent makeup, and diamonds embedded in your teeth are, like, so last year. Instead, why not opt for a real “conversation maker” as Lucy Luckayanko calls it – a piece of platinum jewelry embedded in your eyeball? All for the bargain price of 3,000 dollars. Lucy’s implant is creatively shaped like a tiny heart, with the bottom pointed expressively downwards. Though Lucy was the first client to undergo the new Safesight procedure this week at Park Avenue Laser in NYC, it's apparently already been done hundreds of times already in Europe and LA (of course).
“To me this is just another way to advance the science of ophthalmology” – Dr. Emil Chynn
Don’t worry, it's not actually in your iris. After a small incision is made, apparently the platinum implant just sits between the conjunctiva (the clear part of your eye) and sclera (the white part) of your eyeball. So you don’t risk going blind, though you may experience a little bleeding and/or infection. But what’s a little inconvenience for a lifetime of self-expression and platinum trophy pride that no thief can ever steal, unless they're willing to get a bit messy?
However, the platinum jewelry isn’t yet FDA-approved, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is warning consumers about the dangers. The AAO recently stated that there isn’t "sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure" and strongly urged that you avoid "placing in the eye any foreign body or material that is not approved by the FDA."
But Dr. Emil Chynn, the director of Park Avenue Laser, maintains that the procedure is actually pretty safe: "To me this is just another way to advance the science of ophthalmology." He admitted: "She (Lucy) could have a little bit of local bleeding. That could go away in a couple days or couple weeks. She could have an infection but we'll prevent that with antibiotics."
As for seriously weighing the pros and cons of the platinum jewelry implant, Lucy confesses she was sold from the beginning: “I was like 'Yeah, why not?... It will be sort of my unique factor.”