Eye jewelry is all the rage these days, but one woman is taking fashion to another level. According to MyFoxNY, a woman in New York had a piece of platinum jewelry surgically implanted onto her eye.
"It's going to be a conversation maker," said Lucy Luckayanko. "I will be able to tell people. It will be unique. It will be sort of my unique factor.”
Luckayanko went to Manhattan-based Park Avenue Laser Vision to have the tiny heart-shaped piece of jewelry placed onto her eyeball. The implant is called SafeSight Jewelry, MyFoxNY said.
As MyFoxNY reports, the procedure has already been performed hundreds of times in Europe and Los Angeles, but Luckayanko is the first person to have it done in New York. The procedure costs roughly $3,000.
"To me this is just another way to advance the science of ophthalmology," said Dr. Emil Chynn, the medical director of Park Avenue Laser Vision.
Chynn uses tiny scissors to make an incision in the eyeball. The heart-shaped jewelry is then placed in a pocket between the scelra, the white part of the eye, and the conjunctiva, the clear part of the eye.
"It's a very thin piece of platinum that's designed for insertion on the top of the eye, it's not in the eye so there's no risk of blindness or anything at all," Chynn told MyFoxNY. "She could have a little bit of local bleeding. That could go away in a couple days or couple weeks. She could have an infection but we'll prevent that with antibiotics."
According to MyFoxNY, the FDA has not approved the jewelry. Additionally, the American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a statement saying there is not "sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure." The statement adds that people should "avoid placing in the eye any foreign body or material that is not approved by the FDA."
On the official website for Park Avenue Laser Vision, however, it says that the SafeSight Jewelry procedure is safe, with no chance of loss of eyesight and minimal pain. The platinum jewelry can’t be felt when blinking. The implant can be removed, and it’s also possible to “switch from a star for Christmas, for example, to a heart for Valentine’s Day.”
For Lucy Luckayanko, however, the warnings weren’t enough to deter her from having the procedure done.
"50 percent of my friends are like what is it? Why do you need it oh my god are you crazy? You're going to put something in your eye!” she said. “But 50 percent of my friends are like oh my god it's super cool."