Inspired by the jewels in his wife’s teeth, Chandrashekhar Chawan, an optometrist at India’s Shekhar Eye Research Center has created gold plated, diamond encrusted contact lenses that will bring that special twinkle in your eyes.
If you’re looking for the most extravagant trend in eyewear, look no further than the over-the-top contact lenses of Chandrashekhar Chawan. His wife had diamonds planted on her teeth recently and that made the optometrist realize people love jewelry everywhere and anywhere, so he decided to develop a series of diamond encrusted, gold plated contact lenses. He uses Boston Scleral lenses to hold the jewelry in such a way that it doesn’t touch the cornea, thus making the fashion accessory “very safe”.
Chawan says his invention got mixed responses; some people thought it was scary, but most of them loved it, and the optometrist believes this will be the next big thing in Bollywood. He admits his jewel-studded lenses are an accessory, not a necessity, but thinks they’re a must-have for people who want to attract attention. “We always talk eye to eye,” he told TODAY.com, “and if your eyes are sparkling with diamonds, no one can look away; their eyes will be glued to you and your personality.”
The quirky eyewear specialist even goes as far as to predict that people will use his weird lenses instead of diamond rings, to propose to their fiancees. Personally, I hope he’s wrong, because these things just freak me out, and I’d hate to see them develop into a real fashion trend. In case you were actually considering a pair of these ridiculous things, they cost $15,000 a pair, and Chandrashekhar Chawan says all the proceedings will go toward treating patients suffering from Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a skin condition that can lead to loss of eyesight.