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Model Is Left Partially Blind After Having Her Eye Tattooed

An eye tattoo operation has ended in tragedy after Catt Gallinger, a 24-year-old model from Canada, lost half of her vision and started weeping purple tears. Ms. Gallinger, who has several other tattoos, planned for the eye tattoo to tint her sclera – the white layer of a human eyeball – purple.

However, the operation did not go to plan and Ms. Gallinger began feeling a terrible pain on and inside her eyeball. Eyecare specialists and optometrists cannot make a definite conclusion on the level of damage that Ms. Gallinger has sustained.

Doctors close to the model have revealed that some of the damage may be permanent.

Now, Ms. Gallinger has opened up about her experiences and hopes that other women and men will learn from her mistakes. In a now-viral Facebook post, Ms. Gallinger described how she originally intended to tint the whites of her eye with purple ink.

However, according to Ms. Galliner’s Facebook post, the operation went horribly wrong because the tattoo artist made three catastrophic mistakes:

Not diluting the ink enough.
Using too much ink in each injection point.
Using too few injection points across the sclera.

These mistakes led to Ms. Gallinger crying streams of purple tears as her eyeball swelled up until she couldn’t see. As soon as the eye operation was finished, Ms. Gallinger realized that something wasn’t right.

In an attempt to avoid severe eye damage, Ms. Gallinger rushed herself to the hospital. When she arrived, doctors prescribed her with antibiotic eye drops and urged her to rest. However, the eye drops did not negate the tattoo artist’s mistakes.

According to the Daily Mail, the antibiotic eye drops may have actually worsened the problem, causing the injected ink to coalesce in clumps around Ms. Gallinger’s cornea. Consequently, Ms. Gallinger’s eye problems continued to worsen and she has scheduled numerous consultations with an eye specialist.

Dr. David Flug, a New York-based ophthalmologist, has slammed the practice of eye tattooing as incredibly unsafe and dangerous for your eye’s health. “Basically my feeling is that it’s insane. It can be done, but it has no long-term testing for safety," Dr. Flug said to Newsweek. “You have to be nuts to do it.”

Even Luna Cobra, the man who kick-started the eye-tattooing craze, has declared the practice unsafe. “I’ve been trying to ban this. I think it’s super important that this becomes illegal,” said Cobra. “To be clear, this is happening all the time, all over the world.”

Mr. Cobra first gained fame because of YouTube videos on eye tattooing. However, the talented artist didn’t realize how popular his new procedure would become.

Before too long, there were dozens of less-skilled copycats attempting the difficult and dangerous practice. “I didn’t think people would think so lightly of this [tattooing the eye]." He said. “I thought they would take it more serious. It looks like people are not taking it so serious.”

Source: Yahoo
Photos: YouTube, Facebook

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