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Accessories for Your Eyes? Introducing Safesight Jewelry

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Nowadays, complicated, to kooky, to super-weird beauty treatments are available on the market. Many women have taken full advantage of the slew of procedures that promise to make one look oh-so-fabulous. Add another option onto that ever-growing list with Safesight Jewelry, a new way to accessorize your eyes.

Wondering what the heck is this new trend? Safesight is a cosmetic technique involving placing a piece of platinum jewelry onto your eyeball. Dr. Emil Chynn, medical director of Park Avenue Laser Vision in Manhattan, performed the procedure for the first time in New York, and feels the process is "pretty safe." 

"To me this is just another way to advance the science of ophthalmology," said Dr. Emil to Fox 5 New York about the globe-trotting technique already done in Los Angeles and Europe. "It's a very thin piece of platinum that's designed for insertion on the top of the eye, it's not in the eye so there's no risk of blindness or anything at all."

To begin the process, Dr. Emil injects lidocaine to numb the area before inserting a speculum to keep the eyes open. Then, a small incision is made where the jewelry will eventually be placed. Dr. Emil uses scissors to make another surgical cut to divide a pocket in between the sclera (the white part of your eye) and conjunctiva (clear part of your eye) before inserting the charm.

Dr. Emil used the method on Lucy Luckayanko, who had a small platinum heart implanted into her eye. "It's going to be a conversation maker," said Lucy about the technique to Fox 5. "I will be able to tell people. It will be unique. It will be sort of my unique factor. I'm excited about it. I liked the idea from the beginning. I was like 'Yeah, why not?'"

But there are some huge drawbacks to getting this kind of cosmetic work, costing around $3,000. 

Patients may experience a little bleeding, which could go away in a couple days to weeks. And there is a risk of infection, but that can be prevented with antibiotics, explained Dr. Emil. 

The jewelry also has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning consumers about the dangers associated with Safesight Jewelry. In a statement to Fox 5, the AAO said there is not "sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure." It urged consumers to "avoid placing in the eye any foreign body or material that is not approved by the FDA."

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