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Boy, how times have changed. From ankle jewelry and pierced ears to decorative contact lenses and gem implants in the eye.  I know we serve a senior population, however, when will it be considered going too far to be different? There is a company in the Netherlands that invented and pioneered the “jeweleye”. The bling is a 3.5 mm heart or half-moon shaped piece of jewelry that is surgically inserted into the conjunctiva and onto to sclera (the white part of the eye) so that you have your own personal decoration on the “window to your soul”. There is even a company that will sell you devices that attach to the front of your eye like suction cups that have teardrops dangling from them. Don’t ask me how you blink or keep moisture in your eyes. Or how about having your eyeball tattooed with ink? Or wearing decorative contact lenses that change the color and appearance of your eyes to look like cat’s, monsters, demons and witches. While all of these new trends in “eye art” are part of the X Generation’s attempt to shock and be individually different, there are some serious complications that can arise. Many Ophthalmologist and Optometrist are against this type of body modification due to the serious eye conditions they can cause such as corneal abrasions, erosion of the sclera or perhaps even traumatic cataract.  Since the conjunctiva is very loose the possibility for the thin piece of metal to migrate into the back of the eye over time is very real. The down side is that in the event that that should happen retrieval would be nearly impossible or create a surgical emergency if the jewelry gets embedded into the white part of the eye due to rubbing or constant blinking. With any surgical decision, extreme caution and knowledge of the risks and possibility of future vision loss along with the implant having to eventually be removed must be considered before “going blindly” into this new world of Eye Art.

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