Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue

Would you pay “big bucks” to change your eye colour to blue?

English Lesson on Eye HealthSome people dream of having blue eyes. What if this dream could become a reality? A doctor in California claims that he can permanently remove the brown pigment from eyes in a procedure that takes about twenty minutes. Do you enjoy using authentic materials in the classroom? Introduce your students to this controversial topic about laser treatment through this MSN news article New Laser Treatment Could Turn Brown Eyes Blue. You can print out the article and have the students read it, or read it out loud to them for listening practice.

Here are a few questions to get your students talking:

  • What is “pigment”?
  • Can you name all of the parts of the eye in English?
  • What does “set you back” mean?
  • What does “irreversible” mean?
  • If you could change your eye colour, would you? What colour would you change it to?
  • Does the price seem fair for this type of cosmetic surgery?
  • Would you buy coloured contacts?

“They say the eyes are windows to the soul.”
Dr. Homer for KTLA Morning News

Do you agree with this quote? Do blue eyes help you see into a person’s soul more easily than brown eyes?

For higher level students, you may prefer to use this BBC article: Doctor Trials Laser Treatment to Change Eye Colour.

Our Health section features a full-length lesson on Eye Health. If your students are interested in health topics, be sure to print out this lesson.

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