Lucy Luckayanko is perhaps the only New Yorker to have an eye-stud. She spent $3,000 on a one-minute procedure to have a heart-shaped piece of platinum inserted into the white of her right eyeball.
Harvard and NYU-trained Dr. Chynn performed the procedure. Interestingly, he has been featured here on OCbefore. He made news last August as a love-crazed doctor desperate to find his soul-mate. He spent thousands of dollars on high-end matchmaking services and charity donations in exchange for dates. When nothing worked out, he began to offer free cosmetic procedures to anyone who would introduce him to the girl of his dreams. Going by this, we don’t know if Lucy has had to pay for her treatment or got it free in exchange for setting up Dr. Chynn on a date. In any case, she went ahead with it and now she looks like she has a piece of dirt stuck in her eye forever.
It seems doctors have done this procedure several times in Europe and Los Angeles, but this was New York’s first. To perform it, Dr. Chynn first injected an anesthetic into Lucy’s eye. Then he made a tiny incision to “try to divide a pocket in between the sclera (the white part) and the conjunctiva (the clear part)” of her eye. Using forceps, he placed the 3.5mm platinum stud in a drop of water on Lucy’s eye membrane. Since the stud is so small, it had to be floated into position. It was all over in a matter of minutes and Lucy went home with her new bejeweled eye soon after.
This bizarre cosmetic procedure was invented in 2004 by a Dutch eye surgeon. Dr. Chynn tells us it’s very safe. “It’s a very thin piece of platinum that’s designed for insertion on top of the eye, it’s not in the eye so there’s no risk of blindness or anything at all,” he said. “She could have a little bit of local bleeding. That could go away in a couple of days or couple of weeks. She could have an infection but we’ll prevent that with antibiotics.”
Lucy doesn’t seem too bothered with the consequences, however. She’s just really happy with her “really small, really tiny, really cute” eye-heart. I wonder if she knows that her cute heart isn’t even FDA approved. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning consumers about potential dangers. They say there isn’t “sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure,” and that people should “avoid placing in the eye any foreign body or material that is not approved by the FDA.
A few days after the procedure, Lucy said she did not have any issues or pain with her new accessory. “50 percent of my friends are like: ‘What is it? Why do you need it oh my god are you crazy?’ But 50 percent of my friends are like: ‘Oh my god, its super cool.’” She could even swap it with something else when she gets bored of the heart. Each swap costs $1,000.
Lucy thinks her eye is now going to be a “conversation maker.” I find this strange; if I wanted to make conversation, I’d just stick to a comment on the weather. But obviously Lucy wants more. She wants her eye to be her “unique factor.” I just hope her eye stays safe.