While having my morning coffee and reading my newspaper, this article about the latest fad in Holland caught my attention last thursday. Eyeball Jewelry. Huh?!?
It was on the CNN news as well, here’s a piece about it.
Body piercing and tattoos make way. A new fashion statement has hit the Netherlands — eyeball jewelry.
Dutch eye surgeons have implanted tiny pieces of jewelry called “JewelEye” in the mucous membrane of the eyes of six women and one man in cosmetic surgery pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.
The procedure involves inserting a 3.5 mm (0.13 inch) wide piece of specially developed jewelry — the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart — into the eye’s mucous membrane under local anesthetic at a cost of 500 to 1,000 euros ($600 to $1,200).
“In my view it is a little more subtle than (body) piercing. It is a bit of a fun thing and a very personal thing for people,” said Gerrit Melles, director of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery.
The piece of jewelry is inserted in the conjunctiva — the mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelids and front of the eyeball — in sterile conditions using an operating microscope in a procedure taking about 15 minutes.
“Without doing any harm to the eye we can implant a jewel in the conjunctiva,” Melles said. “So far we have not seen any side effects or complications and we don’t expect any in the future.”
The Rotterdam-based institute, which develops new ocular surgical techniques in corneal, cataract and retinal surgery, developed and patented the jewelry made with special materials and the surgical procedure.
The institute, which carries out the procedure in cooperation with an eye clinic near the city of Utrecht, said it has a waiting list for people who wanted the implant.
Somehow I do not agree with Gerrit M., claiming that it’s more ‘subtle’ than body piercing because it ‘only’ takes 15 minutes to implant.
A simple piercing, take for instance a navel, takes less than a minute…15 seconds at least ( I know cos I have one ) with just a tinge of getting used to and no discomfort at all….while the eye ( I’m talking as an ex optometrist ) gets easily irritated when a minute particle lands on your conjunctiva, your sclera or cornea. So irritated that it could cause an immediate redness and lacrimation.
But but but…who am I, that’s just my 2 cents…besides I was an optomertist and not an opthalmologist, so there . But I wonder, what would they come up next to enhance and beautify the human body?…there’s just no safe nor ‘sacred’ place anymore
I’d like to dedicate this segment as promised to Renee – From the land where she lived for 2 years, the land of magnificent flowers, wooden shoes and windmills.
Greetings from Holland.
- my hubby bought me this bouquet last saturday, i’d like to share w/ you.
- another bouquet from hubby
- here’s more from my own garden – I took the fotos last summer…still too early for these to come out…
- here, let me lend you my wooden shoes too, hihi
‘hope you like them.