Procedure Implants Jewelry Into Eye

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NEW YORK- A new procedure is catching the eyes of those who want to be unique.

WNYW spoke with a New York City woman who recently had a piece of platinum jewelry implanted into her eye.  It's called Safesight jewelry.

The procedure has been done hundreds of times in Europe and in Los Angeles, but is new to New York City. Some doctors argue the procedure is safe, but the jewelry has not been approved by the FDA.

The procedure costs about $3,000.

Read more on the eye jewelry procedure from WNYW.


  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    No doctor, it’s not an advancement in laser surgery. It’s an advancement for your pocketbook. We really are becoming the Capital from the Hunger Games. A select few completely wrapped up with their vanity while the world burns and crumbles all around them.

  • D.

    What is the purpose? The only ones that will see it are people “in your face”. I value my eyes too highly to have stuff implanted unnecessarily in them!

  • Emil William Chynn

    To clarify: This procedure has been done hundreds of times in Europe without a single complication. This is the first time it’s been commercially available in the US. There is zero risk of visual loss

    The procedure itself is simple and only takes a few minutes. I make a small incision in the conjunctiva, use blunt dissection to create a small pocket above Tenon’s, then insert the implant over the sclera. No suture is required, and the eye is fully healed in 2 days.

    The procedure is totally painless. Only topical anesthesia in the form of eye drops is required in the OR. Afterwards, we give an antibiotic drop to prevent infection, and liquid Motrin drops to relieve any swelling at the site.

    Lucy reported a slightly scratchy sensation when blinking for 2 days postop, that fully resolved once her conjunctiva fully healed. The implant is very thin, and curved to conform to the shape of the globe, so she isn’t even aware of it anymore when she blinks, confirming perfect placement.

    SafeSight Jewelry is perfectly safe. As an extra-ocular procedure, there’s zero risk of visual loss. There can be some mild bleeding at the site–Lucy’s resolved after 3-4 days. We have a picture of her eye taken on postop day 5 on our site.

    Because the implant is designed for the eye, there are no sharp edges, so it can’t migrate into or out of her eye (extrude). If she gets hit in the eye, there’s no risk of it contributing to decreasing the integrity of her globe.

    This is in distinction to LASIK, where the cornea is cut, and the flap never heals. So for the rest of your life, your eye is slightly weaker, and if hit in the eye, your flap never heals.

    I got LASIK myself (I was the first eye surgeon in NYC to get it himself), performed about 5,000 LASIKs myself, so don’t want to say that isn’t a safe procedure. But I switched to the newer, safer LASEK procedure (which was invented when I was at Harvard by two of my mentors) in 2004, because it’s non-incisional, so avoids all complications associated with the LASIK flap (since no flap is made).

    Any reputable LASIK surgeon will tell you that roughly 90% of all LASIK complications are related in some way to the flap that’s cut. So by eliminating that, LASEK is about 10x safer than LASIK

    The SF Match only registers about a dozen Refractive Fellowships in the country. We’ve got the largest one in the country, and are actively engaged in clinical research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and lecture frequently at ASCRS and ESCRS. I’d like to make clear that we although we aren’t “cowboys”–we are pioneers!

    My dozen MDs and myself have continuously refined LASEK for a decade, to the point that USPTO granted us a TM on our unique form of LASEK that we perform: SafeSight. SafeSight is so much more advanced than PRK and other forms of LASEK that there’s no pain, and no risk of scarring.

    With SafeSight, we’ve successfully lasered the highest prescription ever treated in the world (-22.00) and every week, are safely treating patients who don’t meet LASIK criteria (thin corneas, high prescriptions, irregular astigmatism) as well as fixing LASIK complications

    Recently, Dr. Oz disparaged LASIK, and said he felt it was a “risky” procedure. Well, Dr. Oz needs to do more research. By many statistical measures of outcomes, LASIK is the safest eye operation, the safest cosmetic procedure, and actually the safest elective surgery operation–even safer than liposuction. Every year, someone somewhere is dying of liposuction unfortunately, because of electrolyte imbalances. Contrast this with LASIK, where in the US alone, about 800,000 procedures were performed last year–with zero people going blind

    LASEK is even safer. So safe that we’ve calculated that in the long term (5 years) LASEK has less of a chance of visual loss than contact lens wear! It’s so safe (because it’s non-cutting) that we have the only all-glass OR in the world–because we will never have a flap complication ever again;)

    I trained at Columbia med, and actually bumped into Dr. Oz there when he was active in clinical practice. Now he’s more like Oprah. I’m sure that he’s doing what he’s doing because he feels he can reach a wider audience. But let’s stick with public service, instead of misrepresenting the facts and maligning a procedure, just to be sensational

    If he wants to actually help people (which I’m sure he does) and get ratings, here’s what I’m proposing to him:

    I will take all of those patients from NYC that you featured on your show with LASIK complications, perform a CustomVue WaveFront exam on them to map out their visual imperfections, then cut a PreVue lens with my laser, that they can then hold up and look through, to see exactly how they’d see if they let me perform a SafeSight enhancement (I published an editorial about this technique in one of the leading refractive journals in the world a few years ago).

    All of these patients will report some visual improvement from this simulation (typically 10-90%). I guarantee that at least one will have enough objective and subjective improvement that they’ll decide to proceed with enhancement

    Then I’ll perform the enhancement live on Dr. Oz’s show. That’s how confident I am. And then the next week we will have the person back on the show, and he or she will be smiling and happy, because we fixed those so-called “permanent debilitating” visual symptoms after LASIK. I guarantee it.

    Of course, we’d do all of this for free. I’m not doing this for fame or fortune. I’m doing this to prove to the world what top refractive surgeons around the world are starting to recognize: that performing a wavefront Advanced Surface Ablation with MMC can reduce or eliminate the majority of visual complaints post-LASIK

    So that’s why I did this whole SafeSight Jewelry thing. Not to spread the word that SafeSight Jewelry can help a dozen rap stars. But to spread the word that SafeSight LASEK can help thousands of people around the world solve their LASIK symptoms!;)

    Are you up for the challenge, Dr. Oz?!;)

  • D.

    Dr. Oz is an idiot. On one segment, he had a toe surgery, where they put rods in the toes to fix hammer toes, etc. My step dad swears by Oz. He had the surgery, convinced he’d be walking in a week. 7 weeks later, he still has the pins in, was way more detailed than that idiot tv doctor ever told the audience about.

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