As Gold Coast Optometrists, we at Envision Optical often come across some very strange ideas and activities when it comes to eyes and vision. I was blown away recently to hear about the growing craze of eye tattooing. It was even featured recently on ABC and resulted in a strong response against the procedure from the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). It was featured on ABC on March 11, and the procedure was explained as tattooing the sclera (white part) of the eye for artistic purposes. Although the body modification artist stated: “I don’t touch the iris or go anywhere near it…” the procedure is extremely dangerous.
Corneal specialist A/Prof Mark Daniell explains the risks. “The eye is a very complex and sensitive organ and in no way should anyone consider tattooing it if they wish to retain their sight over the long term. Infection, pain and potential blindness are all risks. A major concern would also be losing the eye due to penetration of the globe.”
RANZCO warns that body modification artists are not medically trained and should in no way be performing these permanent and potentially vision harming procedures.”
I support the views of RACO on this topic and would strongly advise anyone considering having these types of procedures performed to discuss the potential implications with your optometrist. The risks simply aren’t worth it. Please share to ensure the word is spread.