She's an eyeful! Woman risks infection toget heart shaped platinum implanted in optic membrane for $3,000 because she'likes extremes'
A New York woman has told how she got apiece of platinum jewelry inserted in her eye to set herself apart from thecrowd even though the American Academy of Ophthalmology warns against theprocedure.
Kristina Kovalevskya is the first NewYorker to visit Dr Emil Chynn at Park Avenue Laser Vision to get a 'cute' heart-shapedsequin, measuring 3.5mm, placedon the white of her of right eye ball.
Kristina Kovalevskya是访问Emil Chynn博士的派克大街激光视觉门诊部的首位纽约客，目的是为了把3.5毫米长的心形的铂金圆片植入眼睛，也就是右眼眼球的白膜上。
'I’m a person who likes extremes...I wantto keep it in my eye as long as possible. I like it, but I’m planning to swapit out. I really want to try a new design. Every girl wants to try somethingnew,' she told Blackbook.
According to Harvard and NYU-trained DrChynn the eye jewelry procedure has been done hundreds of times in Europe andin Los Angeles, but never before in New York. Ms Kovalevskaya was one of hisfirst clients.
To start the process he injected anestheticinto her eye to numb the area. Then he made a small incision to make room forthe piece of jewelry.
“The procedure involves making a very tinyincision in the clear covering of the eye, or skin of the eye,' Dr. Chynnexplained.
'The platinum is then inserted. I don’thave to suture it up because it’s so small and it just closes up after threedays.'
Using forceps he positioned the tiny flatstud into position on Ms Kovalevskaya's eye membrane. She wanted it setpointing diagonally.
Minutes later she was handed a mirror toadmire her new accessory and given the go-ahead to go home.
Though it may sound scary, Dr Chynn insists theprocedure, which was invented by a Dutch eye surgeon and introduced in 2004, isactually pretty safe.
'It's a very thin piece of platinum that'sdesigned for insertion on the top of the eye, it's not in the eye so there's norisk of blindness or anything at all,' he says.
'She could have a little bit of localbleeding. That could go away in a couple days or couple weeks.
She could have an infection but we'llprevent that with antibiotics.'
But the jewelry has not been FDA approvedand the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning consumers about thedangers.
In a statement to Fox 5, the medical body said there is not 'sufficientevidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure.'
It urges consumers to 'avoid placing in theeye any foreign body or material that is not approved by the FDA.'
Wayne Bizer, D.O., a comprehensiveophthalmologist from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida previously warned: 'My concernwould be that it might cause foreign body granuloma or scar tissue.
'The implant could also allow bacteria toget beneath the conjunctiva causing a serious vision-threatening infection orpossibly erode the sclera, the white part of the eye.'
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