(Truth Theory) Don’t try this at home — or even by a professional, folks.
Because Canadian model Catt Gallinger’s favorite color is purple, she decided to modify the whites of her eyes with a purple “tattoo”. The procedure is called sclera staining, and it involves injecting ink into the white part of her eye. While the process has worked for some, it went terribly wrong for Gallinger.
The same day as her procedure, the model’s eye began oozing purple ink. It trickled down her cheek, signaling something was wrong. The next day, the eye was swollen shut and became painfully infected. Three weeks passed before Gallinger received bad news from a doctor: she was at risk of going permanently blind by the affected eye.
Since September 20, 2017, Gallinger has been posting warnings about the procedure on Facebook. Her posts are specifically intended to those who seek to modify their bodies — specifically, with scleral staining.
In one of her posts, she wrote that she had visited the hospital several times and had been prescribed a variety of antibiotic and steroidal eye drops to reduce inflammation. Her vision in the affected eye blurred, but shows no signs of improving.
“There are multiple people who can attest that my aftercare was good and any other part of what I am saying,” Gallinger wrote. “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.”
Reportedly, her ex-boyfriend “made many errors.” For instance, he did not mix the ink with saline, he used a large needle instead of a small one, and he “went too deep into the eye.” He also did one large injection during a 10-minute sitting, rather than several small dosages. All of these likely accounted for the swelling, pain and infection that resulted.
By no means is this the first body modification Gallinger has received. The model has approximately 25 tattoos on her body and underwent a risky procedure to split (fork) her tongue. She felt like the scleral tattoo was the “next step.” It ended up being the wrong one, though.
The trend of scleral tattoos is rising, and this is risky. Not only is Gallinger living proof that the body modification can go very wrong, the American Academy of Ophthalmology strongly recommends against the eye tattoo.
It notes risks of blindness — or worse. “Putting any kind of needle on the eye is very dangerous,” Philip Rizzuto, an AAO spokesman, told USA Today. “We do that all the time, but we’re trained for 12 to 18 years how to go about treating the eye.”