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Man Refuses To Listen To Doctors About Dangers Of Eye-Color Surgery And Ends Up Going Blind

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Mark appeared on The Doctors during its very first season. He always had brown eyes, and for some reason, he hated them. He wouldn’t even take out the trash without wearing blue-colored contacts.

He traveled to Panama to get a surgery to change his eye color from brown to blue. While on the show in 2009, Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Kerry Assil warned Mark that this surgery should be absolutely avoided, as there was a 50% chance of going blind.

Mark didn’t want to hear it. He defended his decision. Now, nearly 10 years later, he’s gone completely blind in his right eye, while the vision in his left eye is slowly deteriorating. Mark admitted that the consent form he signed was in a language he didn’t speak.

“Do not do this surgery whatsoever! You will be blind 100%,” Mark warned.

While Mark will be permanently blind in his right eye, The Doctors agreed to help him save his remaining vision.

Dr. Assil compared the materials used to change Mark’s eyes with sandpaper grinding on the surface of his eye. After performing surgery to remove the materials, Mark’s left eye was salvageable.

Dr. Assil explains that the material used to change his eye color has been doing “silent damage” and says it is comparable to sandpaper grinding on the surface of the eye. Luckily, the vision in Mark’s left eye was saved.

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