Will Surgically Changing Your Eye Color Make You Go Blind?

We asked a doctor, and you need to read his answer.

I don’t know about you, but when I first saw photos of Tiny and her daughter Zonnique’s eyes after their permanent eye color surgeries, I thought, “BLIND!” The idea of someone taking a knife to my eyes terrified me. Keep that scalpel away, Satan!

“I looked in the mirror and I was, like, ’they’re amazing,'” Tiny told ABC News in October 2014. Nineteen-year-old Zonnique gushed to Juicy magazine, “It actually isn’t painful – they put you to sleep so it’s like you don’t feel it, and it’s a really short process.” Meanwhile, I’m over here like:

As a budding, hard-hitting medical journalist, I decided to dig deeper into the VH1 reality stars’ ocular transformations. I first went to BrightOcular, the company Tiny got her procedure done through. (Fun fact: She traveled to Africa for this shiz!) Its website royally sketched me out. Was it made in an eighth grade beginning HTML class? I called the number listed on the website (oddly enough an L.A. area code) and endured a repetitive automated message before leaving a voicemail. They still haven’t called me back.

But a BrightOcular representative named Spencer did email me. I grilled him about the surgery, and his responses were helpful (although the amount of typos in them was unsettling). He also directed me to a Web MD page to learn more, which really freaked me out. Here is what he told me:

  • The procedure typically costs between $5,000 and $7,000.
  • The surgeon unfolds a prosthetic iris and spreads it on top of the natural iris.
  • It takes five to 10 minutes per eye.
  • Risks include: endothelial cell loss, ocular hypertension, chronic uveitis, deformed pupil and alteration of cornea.
  • You should make a habit to see an ophthalmologist three times a year post-op.
  • And if you’re itching to see this craziness up close and personal, check out the video below:

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