NewColorIris is an intraocular implant that improves the ocular appearance of patients with partial coloboma (congenital defects of the iris), traumatic irides, ocular albinism, iris heterochromia and to consumers that without any ocular pathology wish to change the color of their eyes with a natural appearance and without the limitations, risks and annoyances of contact lenses.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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New Diaphragm Implant Surgery

When anything new comes out into the market, it is always a little scary to try; especially when related to the eyes, after all, we only have two of them. A new artificial iris diaphragm implant has been developed in order to change the color of the eyes.

This implant is safe, well tolerated and gives an appearance more natural than contact lenses. The lense is mainly intended for patients suffering from oculocutaneous albinism or colobomas, although there is a demand for strictly cosmetic reasons.

The implant is easily tolerated because it is made of very thin material, ophthalmic-grade silicone. The implant is designed to be permanent, but it can be removed if needed. Actually placing the implant is a very simple procedure lasting only about 15 minutes.

Flaps are used which do not place pressure on the corneoscleral trabecular meshwork and the collector channels of the eye as haptics often do. These flaps help keep the implant in place as well as allow normal aqueous flow.

Very few complications have been reported. Corneal edema has been reported, but the condition did clear shortly after. Hyperemia is a possible side effect as well as loss of the amount of endothelial cells. These side effects do not appear often and they are very minimal if implanted correctly. On average, visual accuracy was raised to 20/40 or better.

Many people who are interested in having their eyes look a certain way for their careers or just because of their personal preferences have had good results with this surgery. In addition those suffering from albinism have also benefited greatly.

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Benefits of Artificial Iris Implants

Although many illness relating to the eyes happen so infrequently, it is still important to have such tools like artificial iris implants simply because of the life changing effects they can have on the patients. Those who need the implants cannot go outside without feeling discomfort from the sun.

The implants make it a lot easier for these people to live their every day lives in comfort. These artificial iris implants can reduce the glare of the sun as well as correcting Aphakia, a condition that leads to the loss of the eye's natural lens.

One of the best things about the implant is, it helps the patients look normal, give color to the eye and provide a normal sized pupil. However, this is not available everywhere in the world. Each implant is specially made and is unique for the patient that is in need of it. The implant is well tolerated, thin and uses flaps instead of haptics. By using the flaps to stay in place, the implants use a lot less pressure in the area in which they are placed.

The artificial iris implant can be used by a variety of people with different problems whether it be Aphakia, Aniridia or colobomas. The implant can even be used by those who want to change the color of their eyes strictly for cosmetic reasons.

Mainly, the implant is used for patients with oculocutaneous albinism and have no pigment in their eyes. Since the implant is so thin and made from ophthalmic-grade silicone, it poses little threat for complications and look more natural than contacts.

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What Exactly Determines Eye Color

Eye color is determined by genes that are inherited. Two major genes determine the color, and minor ones can determine variation. Actual eye color is made from a pigment called melanin. The amount of melanin varies between the color of the eye. For example, blue eyes have no melanin and brown eyes have a lot. When children are first born, they usually have blue eyes. Light then stimulates they eye to make melanin and color is usually determined by the time a person is three.

In cases where a person is suffering from albinism, they eye lacks any pigment at all. Many people believe that albinism results in red eyes, but this is not true. There is actually no pigment at all and the iris because a very pale blue.

Some animals that are albino do have red eyes because of retinal blood vessels showing through where there is not enough pigment. Since the human eye is so large, usually enough pigment is produced. However, this can vary and there may be a slight red or purple appearance of the iris. However, the iris does function normally.

Since people with albinism do not have pigment in their eyes, it can be difficult for them to have exposure to the sun. Just as eye colors like blue and brown are determined by genetics, people having very little or no pigment at all are developed in the same way. The copy of the gene they inherit is altered and does not work correctly. This alteration prevents the body from making the normal amounts of pigment.

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The Real Dangers of Contacts

Although contact lenses do have many benefits, they pose may potential dangers. One of the greatest threats they pose is a rise of an eye infection known as, Fesarium keratitis, a disease related to contact cleaning products. This particular disease is known to cause blindness, scar tissue formation and may eventual lead to a need for a cornea transplant.

Another risk of wearing contacts is you teach your body to ignore your corneal reflexes. This happens because contacts put pressure on the eyes just as something would if it is about to hit your eye. The corneal reflex sends messages to the brain to close your eyes in order to protect them. By wearing contacts, it's as though a false alarm is being sent to your brain and your body may learn to stop reacting to the pressure.

Contacts that are used strictly to change color also have many dangers such as causing permanent eye injury and even blindness. Wearing these contacts can lead to many infections such as conjunctivitis, corneal edema and corneal ulcers. All of these things have the potential to lead to blindness or loss of eyes. One of the things that are crucial to wearing contact lenses are they way they fit over the eyes. If they are not fitted properly, it can lead to corneal abrasions. Since color changing contacts are very easy to get without a prescription, they also may cause allergic reactions. Color contacts pose all of these dangers as well as the ones of regular contacts.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

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Changing your Eye Color: Iris Color Facts

Color of the Iris

The iris is usually strongly pigmented, with colors ranging from brown to green, blue, gray, and hazel. Occasionally its color is due to lack of pigmentation, as in the pinkish-white of oculo-cutaneous albinism, or to obscuration of its pigment by blood vessels, as in the red of an abnormally vascularised iris (although human albinos generally have very light blue eyes, as the un-pigmented color of the human iris is a pale blue).

Despite the wide range of colors, there is only one pigment that contributes substantially to normal human iris color, the dark pigment called melanin. Structurally, this huge molecule is only slightly different from its equivalent found in skin and hair.

Genetic and physical factors determining iris color

Iris color is a highly complex phenomenon consisting of the combined effects of texture, pigmentation, fibrous tissue and blood vessels within the iris stroma, which together make up an individual's epigenetic constitution. A person's "eye color" is actually the color of one's iris, the cornea being transparent and the white sclera entirely outside the area of interest. It is a common misconception that the iris color is entirely due to its melanin pigment, but this varies only from brown to black.

Melanin is yellowish-brown to dark brown in the stromal pigment cells, and black in the iris pigment epithelium, which lies in a thin but very opaque layer across the back of the iris. Most human irises also show a condensation of the brownish stromal melanin in the thin anterior border layer, which by its position has an overt influence on the overall color.

The degree of dispersion of the melanin, which is in subcellular bundles called melanosomes, has some influence on the observed color, but melanosomes in the iris of man and other vertebrates are not mobile, and the degree of pigment dispersion cannot be reversed.

Abnormal clumping of melanosomes does occur in disease and may lead to irreversible changes in iris color (see heterochromia, below). Colors other than brown or black are due to selective reflection and absorption from the other stromal components. Sometimes lipofuscin, a yellow "wear and tear" pigment also enters into the visible eye color, especially in aged or diseased green eyes (but not in healthy green human eyes).

Blue is one of the possible eye colors in humans. The "blue" allele, existing in the Bey2 and Gey genes of chromosome 15, is recessive. This means that both genes must have both blue alleles i.e. "blue-blue", in a person with blue eyes. If one of the alleles were not "blue" ("green" for Gey or "brown" for Bey2) then the person would have those colored eyes respectively.

As either allele (though not both) can be passed on to offspring it is perfectly possible for someone who does not have blue eyes to have blue-eyed children. Because of its recessive nature, this is a certainty if both parents have blue eyes. Though this explanation gives an idea of eye color delineation, it is incomplete, and all the contributing factors towards eye color and its variation are not fully understood.

Faking the iris color

Certain eye colors are sometimes seen as being especially attractive and motif-expressing contact lenses can be worn to mask one's natural eye color with another. They are rarely needed and almost never recommended by serious medical doctors, unless the patient's retina needs extra protection, as in aniridia.

Since the introduction of machines which can automatically analyse iris patterns, and their use at some airports as a security measure, it is reported that some people have resorted to colored contact lenses, or deliberate iris injury with lasers, to prevent personal identification.

Iris color as paternity test

As stated above, although there has been much fuss about finding the genes for eye color, there is no simple genetic determinism for such a complex trait, as there is more to iris color than pigmentation. Overall, there is no simple Mendelian inheritance in iris color. Consequently no serious test of paternity can be based on observations or even measurements of iris color, except to note that blue eyes are normally phenotypically recessive, so that a brown-eyed child of two blue-eyed parents may create some doubt about paternity.

Different colors in the two eyes

Heterochromia (also known as a heterochromia iridis or heterochromia iridium) is an ocular condition in which one iris is a different color from the other iris (complete heterochromia), or where the part of one iris is a different color from the remainder (partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia).

Uncommon in humans, it is often an indicator of ocular disease, such as chronic iritis or diffuse iris melanoma, but may also occur as a normal variant. Sectors or patches of strikingly different colors in the same iris are less common. Alexander the Great and Anastasios the First were dubbed (dikoros, "with two pupils") for their patent heterochromias. In their case, this was not a true dicoria (two pupils in the same iris). Real polycoria can be due to disease but is most often due to previous trauma or surgery.

In contrast, heterochromia and variegated iris patterns are common in veterinary practice. Siberian Huskies show heterochromia due to interbreeding, possibly analogous to the genetically-determined Waardenburg syndrome of humans.

Some white cat fancies (e.g., white Persians) may show striking heterochromia, with the commonest pattern being one uniformly blue, the other green. Striking variegation within the same iris is also common in some animals, and is the norm in some species.

Several herding breeds, particularly those with a blue merle coat color (such as Australian Shepherds and Border Collies) may show well-defined blue areas within a brown iris as well as separate blue and darker eyes. Some horses (usually within the white, spotted, palomino or cremello groups of breeds) may show amber, brown, white, and blue all within the same eye, without any sign of eye disease.

One eye with a white or bluish-white iris is also known as a walleye

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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Iris Color & Pigmentation - Manifestation of Elements & Compounds

The human iris can be seen in a number of various colors, although there are only two basic iris colors, blue and brown.

It seems more than ever, through so much inter-marriage of races in the world that we are likely to see a genetic mix of colors. There are many instances where drug and toxic settlements in the body, can make the Iris color appear different from it's basic predominant color. It is difficult to determine what type of inorganic drug has settled in a specific weak tissue because so many drugs and chemicals are being used in our world today compared to 100 years ago.

The signs of certain drugs as quinine, iron, and coal tar products have been noticed approximately two months after administration, but other metallic poisons, such as mercury, lead or plumbum, usually take up to a year to be demonstrated in the iris. These drug signs that show in the iris indicate the amounts of the drug the system has failed to eliminate, not the quantities of the drug being used.

Central Heterochromia

A highly pigmented area that appears around the pupil and spreads outwards towards the edge of the iris. This type of pigment may not be relevant to iris analysis unless it spills over the collarette thus indicating candida overgrowth syndrome. Conditions of gastric sub-acidity and hypochlorhydria may also be indicated. A common sign found in the biliary constitution.

Sectoral Heterochromia

A term given to an iris when part of the iris is genetically pigmented, usually in one section. This is quite rare and has no significant meaning as of yet.

Here are how drugs, compounds and elements manifest in the IRIS

Brown Pigment in the iris indicates a liver/pancreas problem.

Brown (Tar) Pigment is usually seen in diabetes. This pigment is as a result of either the liver not sufficiently detoxifying or inadequate production of trypsinogen (which breaks down protein) by the pancreas.

Brown/Red Pigment in the iris indicates a pancreas problem.

Fuscin Pigments are yellow brown pigments over the liver/gall bladder area and the pancreatic head. This type of pigment usually indicates dysfunction of the gall bladder. Fuscins are substances which develop during the break down of hemoglobin and its derivatives in the liver.

Lattice Pigment a net structure with a very large mesh and irregular fringe edge. It is black/brown in colour and occurs rarely. It is very large and often covers a part of the iris from the collarette to the ciliary edge. The lattice pigment indicates a disposition to diabetes, chronic liver disease and formation of tumors.

Orange/Yellow Pigment inside the collarette indicates a problem with protein metabolism and shows putrefaction of protein. When seen outside the collarette kidney malfunction is indicated.

Pancreas Pigments are dark brown spots of pigment which seem to 'float' on top of the iris structure. Their position is not significant.

Pigment Spots are dark brown spots appearing at random throughout the iris. These indicate liver and pancreas malfunction. High or low blood sugar conditions should be suspected.

Pink/Yellow Pigment in the iris outside the collarette indicates a kidney problem.

Red/Yellow Pigment in the iris indicates a pancreas problem.

Rufin Pigments are red pigments and when seen in the liver zone with vascularized liver transversal may indicate carcinoma of the liver.

Yellow/Pink Pigment in the iris outside the collarette indicates a kidney problem.

Yellow Pigment associated with the kidneys and digestion and usually develop in the lymphatic iris type or by a high intake of meat products. Yellow pigment may develop in the kidney zone or the intestinal zone.

Yellow/Orange Pigment in the iris inside the collarette indicates a problem with protein metabolism.

Black Hair Pigment clearly seen as a pigment spot with black hair on the surface of the iris. This sign appears mostly in the middle or peripheral part of the ciliary zone. The black hair pigment may indicate cancer of glandular organs.

Black Pigment when seen in isolation is said to indicate cancer of the corresponding zone.

Candida Overgrowth Syndrome Pigment seen in the iris as a dull brown pigment spreading from the pupil and spilling over the collarette producing a central heterochromia. This indicates abnormal overgrowth of candida albicans.

It seems that people with a brown eye have a family history that goes back to the more southern climates, while blue eyes have a history of a family background in the northern climates.

It is been noted that brown eyed people seem more subject too glandular and blood related disorders while blue eyes seem to be subject too lymphatic, catarrhal and acidic disorders.

Other localized and specific pigmentations indicates reduced functional organ capabilities or increased susceptibility to stress. Some examples are:

Straw Yellow - Kidney

Orange - Pancreas & Liver

Fluorescent Orange - Gallbladder, Pancreas and Liver

Brown (light, medium, dark, reddish) - Liver

Black/Tar - Pre-cancerous & liver

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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Why there is a need to Change the Iris Color?

The range of available cosmetic lenses today is extensive. Patients can now change their eye color as often as their wardrobe or mask ocular disfigurement without calling attention to their eyes.

There are three distinct types of colored lenses: enhancers, opaque lenses, and light-filtering tints. These lenses are available in a variety of prescription types including plano (lenses without vision correction), spherical and toric lenses. Even if you intend to purchase plano lenses, you will still need a current contact lens prescription and fitting. Color contacts are also available in all wearing schedules and replacement schedules.

Light-Filtering Tints

These contacts represent the latest development in color contact lens technology. Light-filtering lenses are primarily designed for enhancing sports performance and for other recreational uses.

They are tinted in a manner that enhances certain colors (such as the yellow of a tennis ball) while muting other extraneous or distracting colors. Because of this, an object like a tennis ball is viewed in greater contrast with respect to the background and is therefore more easily focused upon.

Enhancement Tints

While some handling tints may affect the patient's eye color slightly, cosmetic or enhancer tints are required to make a purposeful change in someone's iris color. These tints are translucent and blend with the underlying iris color to achieve an enhanced color effect when worn.

Since these lenses are generally created with a light dye uniformly applied on the front surface, dark-color irises do not blend well with the lens color and typically eliminate the blending effect. Light blue and green eyes work best with enhancer tints; and aqua, blue, royal blue, and green are typically the most frequently chosen lens colors.

The real color enhancement obtained with these lenses is a combination of the actual lens color, shade, and intensity of the tint; and specific lighting conditions. Hence, an aqua lens from one manufacturer may not look the same as an aqua lens from another, and the color may vary depending on to the lighting conditions.

Opaque Tints

Opaque tints incorporate opaque dyes throughout the lens material and result in a color change that is generally independent of the underlying iris color. They can make brown eyes appear blue and even mask corneal scars. However, opaque tints have been reported to reduce peripheral vision, especially when decentered from the patient's line of sight.

Plano Color Contacts

It started as a fad; now it's 30% of cosmetic contact lens sales. After contact lens companies discovered there was a demand for eye color change among people who don't need vision correction, they started making more sophisticated products to capitalize on this growing market. First it was disposable contacts, then opaques, then patterns.

Those who are most intrigued about wearing plano contacts fall into the teenage to young adult categories, those whose appearance often takes the form of a bold statement. This represents a lowering in age for planos?the market previously had been young adults and older.