The wife of rapper T.I, reality-star Tameka Harris recently went to Africa to get ice grey eye implants, permanently lightening the colour of her eyes.
We’ve all heard about cheek implants, lip Botox and fillers but eye implants?
According to The DailyMail, Tameka traveled to Africa two weeks ago to permanently change her eye color from brown to ice grey, and was reportedly very happy with the results.
“They are amazing!” She was quoted saying on social media.
Talking about the procedure she explained, “They make a little slit in the eye and take an implant that’s folded up. They open it and spread it over your eye.” “They told me it was going to be quick, like five to ten minutes. They woke me up, it was very blurry, then it kind of fades in.”
The practice of inserting an artificial iris for cosmetic purposes is still illegal in the United States. According to Yahoo News, James Tsai, a New York-based ophthalmologist and spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said the risks of such a procedure include: glaucoma, cataract, bleeding in the eyes and corneal problems. He warned people of websites that advertise these procedures and how they advertise the short time of five to ten minutes per procedure – without emphasizing the risks. “We believe this is a dangerous practice and as a physician I would never recommend it,” Tsai stated.
The procedure is only practiced in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Latin America.
Tameka gushed about how happy she was after the procedure on the popular photo-sharing site Instagram, with many people on social media questioning her motivation for going through with such a risky procedure. Some even accused the reality TV star of ‘self-hate’.
Talk Show host and American media personality Wendy Williams expressed her opposition to the reality star’s decision to insert artificial iris implants. “I believe in changing things, if there’s something you don’t like, if you want to get liposuction, a weave…but this right here is going too far,” she said. “The eyes are the windows to the soul, and getting your eyes permanently done like this to me, is as bad as people who bleach their skin.”
“You want to be white so bad, it’s sad.” But Tameka was quick to defend her decision saying that she just wanted a change and “I have a right to do that!”