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Old 04-08-2004, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
Eyeball Jewelry........

Yes, yes, it's true-
a Dutch trend via surgical implant..........some people go too far......


Eyeball jewelry a new Dutch fashion trend
Surgeons implant glittering shapes into eye's membrane

Michael Kooren / Reuters
Deborah Boer models the "Jewel Eye" in her hometown of Driebergen, Netherlands on Wednesday. The "Jewel Eye" is implanted underneath the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane covering the eye.

Updated: 4:00 p.m. ET April 07, 2004AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Body piercing and tattoos make way. The latest fashion trend to hit the Netherlands is eyeball jewelry.

Dutch eye surgeons have implanted tiny pieces of jewelry called “JewelEye” in the mucous membrane of the eyes of six women and one man in cosmetic surgery pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.

The procedure involves inserting a 0.13 inch wide piece of specially developed jewelry -- the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart -- into the eye’s mucous membrane under local anaesthetic at a cost of $610 to $1,232.

“In my view it is a little more subtle than (body) piercing. It is a bit of a fun thing and a very personal thing for people,” said Gerrit Melles, director of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery.

The piece of jewelry is inserted in the conjunctiva -- the mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelids and front of the eyeball -- in sterile conditions using an operating microscope in a procedure taking about 15 minutes.

“Without doing any harm to the eye we can implant a jewel in the conjunctiva,” Melles said. “So far we have not seen any side effects or complications and we don’t expect any in the future.”

The Rotterdam-based institute, which develops new ocular surgical techniques in corneal, cataract and retinal surgery, developed and patented the jewelry made with special materials and the surgical procedure.

The institute, which carries out the procedure in cooperation with an eye clinic near the city of Utrecht, said it has a waiting list for people who wanted the implant.
Old 04-08-2004, 11:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I saw more pictures of that on Yahoo's most emailed photos page. I think it's pretty crazy. A peircing is different in that you don't usually look at it when speaking to the person.
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Old 04-08-2004, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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this brings back bad memories of Last Action Hero
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Old 04-08-2004, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 04-08-2004, 11:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
Originally posted by Redjake
this brings back bad memories of Last Action Hero
good times good times, I totally forgot about that movie, I need to go buy it so I can watch it over and over, love it.

On topic: This eyeball jewelry thing is ridiculous *shakes head at body modification*
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Old 04-08-2004, 11:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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and when they go blind or lose some sight, they'll blame the people that did it, not the choice that they made.

and if they were in the US they'd sue.
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Old 04-08-2004, 12:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This sounds okay. It's good that they're doing this kind of research. I'd be tempted to use the technology if they ever came up with something useful.
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Old 04-08-2004, 12:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm more with Cynthetiq. It may be useful later, after they debug it, true. Implant something to allow night vision, for instance, and/or heat vision. Superman-implants, anyone? REPLACE the retina completely.
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Old 04-08-2004, 12:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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that sounds pretty neeto...
wanna see some pics...

dont think i would do that myself... eye is way too fragile and sensitive...

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Old 04-08-2004, 12:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I saw a picture of this. Yuck! Gives me the heebie jeebies!
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Old 04-08-2004, 12:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Piercings, tattos, I get that, and most of the time they look good. But eye jewelry! Not only does it look awful, but I don't even want to think about the risks of something like that. What happens if you get knocked in the face somehow? A black eye turns into blindness, yay. If you want to mess with your eyes, get colored contacts. I hope this trend dies out very quickly.
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Old 04-08-2004, 01:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by onodrim
I hope this trend dies out very quickly.
I wouldn't even call it a trend. Seems to me like some more extreme body mod like hook hanging which only a small handful of people do.
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Old 04-08-2004, 01:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I saw a picture of this. Yuck! Gives me the heebie jeebies!
For this reason someone will get a skull-shaped jewel.
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Old 04-08-2004, 02:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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hmm... well i think its a bit risky... but whatever. people should do as they wish. i know i wouldnt do it. im a lil bit afraid of getting lazer surgery.... this is just cray to me.
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Old 04-08-2004, 02:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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It's one thing if your ear gets infected from a piercing, you lose cartilidge or your tongue piercing cracks your teeth, but why would you risk your eyesight? Nuts if you ask me.
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Old 04-08-2004, 04:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 04-08-2004, 04:39 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thats simply disgusting... people never cease to amaze me.
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Old 04-08-2004, 04:46 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Fremen
There's four balls on my body that I try to keep far away from sharp objects.

But those things look neat.
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Old 04-08-2004, 04:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Piercings, tattos, I get that, and most of the time they look good. But eye jewelry! Not only does it look awful, but I don't even want to think about the risks of something like that. What happens if you get knocked in the face somehow? A black eye turns into blindness, yay. If you want to mess with your eyes, get colored contacts. I hope this trend dies out very quickly.
...And i tell ye, those people wearing sunglasses... Freaks.

All that glass so close to your eye? what happens if they get hit? have a car wreck? get a wasp caught between the lense and their eye?

If it's comfortable for the wearer, has no known side effects, then what is wrong with it?

It's just squeamishnessess, anything new that people do to cosmetically alter their appearance will always be called freakish by the vast majority. Especially if it involves needles or scalpels.

Earrings, glasses, caps on teeth, breast implants, penile extensions, mole/wart removal, necklaces, shaving, whatever... there's a risk to doing and wearing pretty much everything.

We usually forget that, because we have to.
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Old 04-08-2004, 05:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I never thought goin' blind would be a trend.
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Old 04-08-2004, 06:07 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I really wish people could feel good about themselves without all the accessories. AuNatural is safer and cheaper. Simple is sexy!
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Old 04-08-2004, 08:46 PM   #23 (permalink)
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So by all natural you mean no rings , necklaces, earrings,toerings, anything that is considered JEWELRY is looped into what you said Boo.

So if you wear clothing. Yer not being natural either cause this is a accessorie as well.

Anyways its just a stupid point.

I find it to be different. And different is good.

But thats my opinion and we all know what opinions are like.
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Old 04-09-2004, 06:33 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Gotta agree with Skettios: opens up alot of possibilities and new perspectives. But for plain jewelry, I think I'll pass.
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Old 04-09-2004, 07:40 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Yikes...I saw this article the other day, and that creeps me out. It's hard enough to put in eye drops, let alone a piece of metal into my eye.

And damn OshnSoul! I didn't need such a closeup pic! *shudders*
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Old 04-09-2004, 07:52 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 04-09-2004, 10:11 AM   #27 (permalink)
Man, to each his own, but I could never do something like that.
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Old 04-09-2004, 10:32 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Old signature just wasn't doing it for me anymore, so now I have this new one. It's equally as stupid but at least it looks really long. I'm probably just going to keep typing until I run out of things to babble about and see how many people actually read this. I once ran down a hill, fell down and hurt my elbow; my mom said I would be ok, she kissed it and made it all better. I've run out of things to say now, so if you have read this whole thing, congratulations you get a gold star!
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Old 04-10-2004, 04:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
I must be old. My first thought was, "whats the point?" And the thought that something could go wrong and blindness as a result.
My 13yr thinks its the cats meow but would never pay that much.
Amazing what people will do to get noticed. Almost pathetic.
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