An optometrist from the Shekhar Eye Research Center in India has developed the world’s first contact lenses made with gold and diamonds.
Valued at $15,000, the sparkly contact lenses are oxygen permeable and can be customized for vision correction.
The contact lenses weigh about 500 milligrams and are available in four designs: white gold, yellow gold, 18 diamonds on white gold and 18 diamonds on yellow gold.
The creator, Dr. Chandrashekhar Chawan, says he was inspired by his wife’s cosmetic dentistry procedure to have diamonds planted on her teeth.
Made of Chandra Boston Scleral lenses, the contacts are designed so that the diamonds and gold do not touch the cornea of the eye. The lenses hold water in front of the cornea for comfort. Usually used for corneal irregularities, scleral contacts are large in diameter and rest on the sclera, or the white of the eye.
The company plans to make only 3,996 lenses as part of the La SER Jewelry collection. Profits from the lenses will benefit people suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a skin disease that can affect tear glands and lead to vision loss.
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