A canadian woman by the name of Catt Gallinger posted a graphic image of her eye crying purple tears as a warning to others after receiving whats called a “Scleral” tattoo, in which one tattoos the whites of their eyeballs.
Gallinger, a 24 year old with many body modifications such as tattoos, forked tongue and piercings is used to the pain of body modification, but was not prepared for what came of her very botched eyeball tattoo.
Shortly after receiving the tattoo, purple tears started streaming down her face as her eye became increasingly swollen until it was swollen shut the next day.
“I took my eyesight for granted and trusted someone I shouldn’t have.” She stated in a posted video, “And even if this heals, my eyesight is not going to be back.”
Even Luna Cobra, the man credited with first making the procedure popular, believes the procedure to be extremely unsafe, and is even calling for banning it, when speaking with Newsweek he stated: “I’ve been trying to ban this. I think it’s super important that this becomes illegal,” saying “To be clear, this is happening all the time, all over the world.”
“I didn’t think people would think so lightly of this [tattooing the eye].” said Cobra. “I thought they would take it more serious. It looks like people are not taking it so serious.”
Gallinger stated she has known many people who have gotten the procedure and had no issues, she believes the “artist” was unqualified and pushed her to do it until she gave in.
She is currently seeking help from specialists and says she’s had several trips to the hospital after the tattoo caused a “hemorrhage and sclera tearing.”
according to Dr. Setareh Ziai, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute told Global News, “You can’t laser it away like you can on your skin,” he stated, “No physician in their right mind would ever recommend this to anyone.”
Gallinger says she has begun to accept that she will never have her vision fully restored due to the possibility that the eye may have to be removed if ink continues to the retina which would cause nerve damage. “As far as I’m being told right now, I will be able to keep my eye,” she said.
Gallinger who is also considering(and fucking rightfully so!) legal action against the person who did this to her, just wants her warning to be heard by others who may be thinking about doing this dangerous procedure themselves.
“Just please be cautious who you get your mods from and do your research,” she posted on Facebook. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
So basically, just…Maybe get colored contacts instead?