A 24-year-old Canadian model, Catt Gallinger, risks losing her eye after an eyeball tattoo, two months ago went wrong. Catt decided to have a purple scleral tattoo, which is when the sclera, or white part of the eyeball, is injected with dye.
But just hours after allowing her then boyfriend to inject the purple ink into her left eye, it was clear something had gone wrong when her eye started leaking and became swollen, causing her sight to blur. Now she’s facing the prospect of losing the vision in her eye completely.
In an emotional post on her Facebook wall, the model revealed that she is in so much pain she fears she might need to have her eyeball removed.
“This is beyond heartbreaking,” she wrote. “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.”
Gallinger also issued a heartfelt plea to others to think twice about getting eye tattoos.
“This was caused by undiluted ink, over injection, not enough/smaller injections sights,” she explains. “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.”
Catt goes on to say she has been to the hospital three times, has been treated with antibiotic and steroid drops, and is now facing surgery.
“Just please be cautious who you get your mods from and do your research. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” she says.