Turning Brown Eyes Blue?

Is it possible to turn brown eyes blue? Yes and No. The easiest way to change eye color would be to wear colored contact lens.  In some countries with less stringent oversight by governmental agencies, such as by our own FDA, there are available artificial plastic colored discs that can be surgically implanted to make eyes appear lighter in color.  Unfortunately, sight-threatening complications can develop.  We have even seen such cases at Tidewater Eye Centers in individuals who had gone overseas to receive these implants.  Additional surgery is then required to remove the iris implants to prevent further damage to the eye.   Rarely, the eye color will lighten spontaneously in those with one of a few different uncommon genetic conditions.   These disorders are characterized by thinning of the iris muscle and loss of the brownish melanin pigmentation resulting a lightening of the color.  Normal aging changes often associated with the collection of ring-like deposits of lipid or cholesterol, called arcus senilis, at the edges of the cornea.   Arcus senilis can also make the underlying iris color appear lighter, particularly in seniors.  Interestingly, certain prescription eye drops, used for reducing eye pressure in those with glaucoma, have the unusual side effect of increasing the amount of brown melanin pigment in the eye.  This can cause blue or green eyes to turn brown.  Not surprisingly, most people with blue eyes prefer to keep them blue and will cautiously avoid using these special types of eye drops when possible.  As it turns out, the opposite is not true.  That is, for those whose eyes are already brown, the eye drops as won’t turn them blue.  There is one other benefit of this class of medications.   Eyelashes will grow longer, denser, and darker when these prescription eye drops called Latisse, are applied with brushes to the eyelid in a special way.  So, back to the question of is it possible to turn brown eyes blue?  Not really.