In their vein quest to look "better" , they might actually lose their sight.
Iris transplants were developed for people who have no iris or have had it damaged in an accident. The iris is, of course, the coloured part of the eye. It is a ring of muscle just under the cornea that constricts or dilates to control the amount of light entering the eye. The iris transplant procedure involves local anaesthetic, a small slit in the cornea and the placement of a prosthetic silicon iris of the desired colour.
The procedure is not available in Canada or the US but doctors in Panama will implant irises to change the eye colour. It is advertised as as a safe operation, similar to cataract surgery. This isn't true. The surgery comes with these risks:
There are cases of people who have sacrificed their vision for a "better" eye colour. CTV's The National cited the case of an artist who had an iris transplant and is now legally blind. She has lost the ability to do what she was most passionate about. May Canada continue to keep iris transplants for cosmetic purposes a procedure that isn't sanctioned. May no more people pay for vanity with their sight.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.