A 21-year-old model experienced a horrific side effect after getting a scleral tattoo, where the white of a person’s eye is injected with dye. Catt Gallinger from Ottawa, Canada has experienced blurred and permanently damaged vision from her unusual tattoo.
Her eye is left with purple ink, as it leaks from how swollen her eye is. She’d rather have her whole eye removed than to continue with the pain she has now.
Within 24 hours of getting the procedure, Catt was in agony. She has been on a number of treatments hoping to restore her vision and is waiting to have an operation where the ink will be removed.
But she doesn’t have much time and when the ink is solidified, the only thing that can be done is to remove the damaged eye completely.
Catt told Global News:
“There have been a lot of times where I’ve thought, if I have to live like this for the rest of my life, I’d rather get [my eye] taken out.”
In a distressing Facebook post, Catt revealed the extent of her unhappiness to her friends:
“So it’s now uncovered..back to meds and figuring out my appointment next week to hopefully get sedated surgery. This is beyond heartbreaking. I CANNOT open it at all without significant effort. Since I’ve always been honest on here, I will continue to be. My hope is gone. I’m very close to asking for removal.. I’m so tired of it all.”
In another Facebook post Catt said:
“Sorry I haven’t answered many comments or messages. I’ve been sleeping a lot and just very tired in general. Here’s how my eye is currently, photos as well as a video of it.”
“It’s sore and feels heavy, for lack of a better word, often. I go through a bottle of artificial tears every two-three days. Still on all the same medications. Appointment on Friday in the early morning to take another look at it and discuss the sedated surgery option.”
After her story went viral, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario began a petition to make the scleral tattoos illegal.
EPSO have made the following statement in a handout where they refer to Catt’s situation:
“Ophthalmologists around the world are experiencing increasing numbers of patients with blindness and loss of an eye because of the increasing popularity of eyeball tattooing,
The risky act of tattooing an eye is being performed by untrained individuals who have no knowledge of the eye’s delicate anatomy.
“Ocular and periocular injections should only be performed by a licensed medical physician due to the high risks associated with blindness and infections of the eye.”
She hopes to raise awareness for people to think twice before trying out this dangerous body modification practice.