A model from Canada has lost the sight in her right eye after an eye tattoo procedure went horribly wrong.
Catt Gallinger from Ottawa is recovering slowly but steadily over the past month following her decision to get a sclera tattoo, which colors in the whites of the eye.
Catt’s boyfriend gave her the tattoo but it very quickly became clear that something had gone wrong. She’s now revealed on Instagram that she had surgery. She said: ‘If this doesn’t work, my cornea is way too thin and at high risk of rupturing. If it does rupture before, during or afterwards, I lose my eye.’ Catt said that the decision to get the tattoo was a ‘massive mistake’ and she is facing a long recovery from the procedure. At one point it appeared as though she was crying purple tears from her sclera tattoo as residue escaped.
As a result of Gallinger’s experience, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (EPSO) are petitioning the provincial government to make scleral tattooing illegal.
In a statement, EPSO said eye injections should only be performed by a licensed medical practitioner.