It is now possible to change the colour of your eyes. Doctor Alió, founder of Vissum and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Miguel Hernandez University of Elche, has developed a novel system of keratopigmentation, which makes it possible to change the colour of a person’s eyes with a corneal tattoo technique. The research behind the technique has been sponsored by the Centre for Development of Industrial Technology/Ministry of Industry and Innovation in Spain.
Keratopigmentation is a treatment backed up by more than ten years of solid scientific research and development, which offers maximum guarantees in comparison to earlier techniques that caused frequent complications in the patients as the implants (coloured contact lenses) were made of silicone. These studies have been supported and funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Our eye colour is determined by pigments in the iris, which have a unique pattern which differs from one person to another. However, some eye diseases can cause this colour to be altered: iris pathologies, corneal opacification, trauma, complicated surgeries, cases of irregular pupils, etc. In these cases, patients search for an ophthalmic solution that can permanently modify the disfiguration of the eye without needing to resort to an ocular prosthesis, giving a more natural appearance in aesthetic terms that is capable of providing greater satisfaction and self-esteem.
On the other hand, there are also people who, due to psychological factors or personal preferences, want a permanent change in eye colour and who resort to coloured contact lenses, which when used on a prolonged basis can cause corneal infections and other complications.
Doctor Jorge Alió and his Vissum team have, created and developed an innovative surgical technique over the last ten years which provides a solution to all these cases by inserting pigments into the cornea. The technique is known as keratopigmentation. Keratopigmentation is performed to treat various needs including:
- Therapeutic: mainly for opaque corneas, without vision and cosmetically disfigured
- Functional: for pathologies that affect the anatomy of the iris, causing pathological sensitivity to glare and sometimes double vision.
- Purely cosmetic: changes in eye colour for aesthetic reasons.
It is a permanent procedure that sometimes needs touch-ups to achieve the final look that the patient wants to achieve.
The pigments used in the interventions are microgranulated mineral pigments that are free from antigenic components. Unlike the other centres in Spain that advertise changes to eye colour based on dangerous techniques without clinical or scientific verification, the Vissum keratopigmentation technique has been funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), is the result of more than a decade of research and it has generated a series of articles that have been published in the most prestigious medical peer review journals, as well as being presented in a large number of ophthalmic conferences and congresses around the world.
Doctor Alió recommends those healthy patients who wish to change their eye colour for aesthetic reasons to consult one of Vissum’s ophthalmologists to obtain the best advice for their situation.