[Photo credit: Catt Gallinger/Facebook]
Catt Gallinger is a Canadian model who's favorite color is purple. She's often sporting purple lipstick, purple hair and showing off her purple-tinted tattoos. So when the opportunity came up to tattoo the white part of her eye, she chose the color purple. Unfortunatey for Gallinger, the procedure went horribly wrong, leaving her in excruciating pain and partially blind.
Read this model's body modification gone wrong, below.
The procedure is called “sclera tattooing” and is considered a type of body modification where ink is injected into the white part of the eye. The result is a startling tint to the eye, a procedure that is becoming more and more popular.
The day of the procedure purple ink oozed from her eye and by the next day it was swollen shut. The swelling last for weeks and eventually became painfully infected. Doctor's informed Gallinger that she was at risk for going permanently blind in the affected eye, which led her to sharing her story with others in hopes of warning about the risky procedure. Gallinger had the procedure done by her then-boyfriend and body modification artist.
“The procedure was done by someone who told me that they were experienced,” Gallinger said in a video she posted to Facebook. “It is my fault that I believed him. It is my fault that I gave in when they repetitively asked me to do my eye.”
“There are multiple people who can attest that my aftercare was good and any other part of what I am saying,” Gallinger wrote in a Facebook update. “I am NOT sharing this with you to cause trouble, I am sharing this to warn you to research who you get your procedures by as well as how the procedure should be properly done.”
The American Academy of Ophthalmology strongly recommends against sclera tattooing, stating the risks can include blindness or worse. In a documented case earlier this year, a 24-year-old male had his eye removed after a sclera tattoo gone wrong.
Australian body modification artist Luna Cobra claims to have invented sclera tattooing almost a decade ago, and advises those to be aware of “copy cats.”
“This is important to know because without the proper education, training, experience and guidance, these practitioners have caused vision impairments like blurred vision, spots or floaters, and even blindness. YES PEOPLE ARE NOW BLIND FROM EYEBALL TATTOOING.”
Gallinger is set to undergo surgery next week to have the excess ink removed from her eye.
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