Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Tattoo Your Eyeballs

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Tattoo Your Eyeballs

Severe, permanent damage and painful swelling has caused the Canadian government to take action against the procedure.

Guess what: tattooing your eyeballs isn’t really a good idea. I know, it’s shocking to hear it but medical professionals are saying it’s probably a good idea to avoid sticking needles in your sockets.

Who is doing it? Unfortunately, some young, misguided youths in Canada and elsewhere are taking the leap and going for a lot of color in their eyeballs.

These poor souls have been convinced by so-called tattoo artists that it’s a cool thing to do.  They’re dying the whites of their eyes purple, vibrant green, or red and suffering the consequences.

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The trend is producing results that are both gross and disturbing. Unsurprisingly, it has individuals like Catt Gallinger experiencing painfully swollen and misshaped eyeballs.

It’s also causing some people to lose sight in portions of their eyes, while others are going blind entirely.

Seriously, people. How has common sense flown so completely out the window? I guess because someone forgot to close it. Thankfully, the government is now there with a helping hand to reach out and close the latch.


In response to the glaring problem, the province of Ontario in Canada has taken legal steps to prevent further damage.

The government recently put forth new legislation that received unanimous support.  Bill 160 is barring eyeball tattooing and the implantation of eye jewelry going forward, in Canada.

“The Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario came to us very concerned about this issue,”said Ontario’s Health Minister Eric Hoskins.  “They made the request to the government that we prohibit this procedure unless it’s for medical purposes,” he added.

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FYI, injecting ink into the eyeball is something that ophthalmologists do actually do sometimes, but not in a darkly lit backroom with Harley at their side.

It’s a procedure that can reduce glare in a patient’s eyes or diminish corneal scarring. It’s completed in an operating room using sterile equipment, and is done by people who have been doing this extremely delicate procedure for years.

And they have medical certificates… and an eye out for your safety, which is good to note.

Have an urge to be different? Why not get some tinted contacts, and be the life of the party.

Photo credits: Miriam Doerr Martin Frommherz/





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