Dutch claim world first with 'Jewel Eye'
9 April 2004, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch are renowned for being experimental in sex and drugs, but the Netherlands has scored another first — eyeball jewellery implants.
9 April 2004
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch are renowned for being experimental in sex and drugs, but the Netherlands has scored another first — eyeball jewellery implants.
Six women and one man have allowed Dutch eye surgeons to implant tiny pieces of jewellery in the mucous membrane of their eyes in a technique pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.
Using local anaesthetic, surgeons insert a 3.5mm wide piece of specially developed jewellery — the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart — at a cost of EUR 500 to EUR 1,000, CNN reported on Friday.
"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," the director of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery, Gerrit Melees, said.
The procedure takes about 15 minutes and the "Jewel Eye" is inserted in sterile conditions using an operating microscope. The institute said it has a waiting list for people who want the implant.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news