We’ve heard of coloured contact lenses, cat eye contacts, and even Lady Gaga’s circle contacts that enlarge your irises, but what about diamond contacts?
Shekhar Eye Research Centr in India are behind the the extraordinary diamond-encrusted lenses. Forget bling on your finger, now you can have eyes that literally light up a room for a whopping $15,000.
Creator Dr. Chandrashekhar Chawan told USA Today he got the idea for diamond contact lenses after his wife had the precious stones implanted in her teeth. His new La Ser eye jewellery line features contacts with 18 diamonds adorning a yellow or white gold ring around the lenses. He uses Boston Scleral lenses, which are typically used to treat eye illnesses, to prevent the lenses from touching the cornea. Only 3,996 sets will be made, and Chawan hopes to sell them outside of India. Experts, however, are sceptical about their safety.
The lenses which are not approved outside of India have concerned opticians world wide.
Sal Riggio, a licensed optician at Manhattan Grand Optical in New York City said, “I don’t know if they’re comfortable and I don’t know if they’re healthy,”
“When they’re FDA approved and distributed in this country then we’ll learn about them, but it sounds ridiculous and unreasonable to me,” Riggio said.
Dr. Rajesh Khanna, a cornea and refractive surgeon, who also had major concerns about the glittery contacts, especially using the Boston Scleral lenses on patients who don’t need to wear them.
“It’s a cumbersome, bulky lens, which has to be filled with saline solution and then inserted in the eye…The risk-benefit ratio is vastly different than for a person with healthy eyesight,” Rajesh said.
Mastermind Dr. Chawan remains unfazed by all the criticism. “Look at Lady Gaga and her followers,” he told USA Today. “People take time to digest [new fashion], until some celebrity starts using it.”
He told the show that once people catch a glimpse in person they will not be able to resist their charm. “If your eyes are sparkling with diamonds, no one can look away; their eyes will be glued to you and your personality.”