A Canadian model has been rendered almost completely blind in one eye after making the inadvisable decision to get a purple eye tattoo, one that resulted in immediate swelling and caused her to cry purple tears long after it began to heal.
Catt Gallinger, 24, went under the needle with the hopes of tinting her sclera – the white part of her eye – a unique purple color, The Independent reported. Instead, the procedure immediately resulted in so much pain and swelling that she was left unable to fully open that eye.
In the wake her dilemma, Gallinger took to Facebook to warn other prospective body modders about the danger of such radical procedures.
“This was caused by undiluted ink, over injection, not enough/smaller injection sights,” she wrote. “There are multiple people who can attest that my aftercare was good and any other part of what I am saying.”
“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,” Gallinger continued. “I have been to the hospital three times, I had no furry pets to cause any dander, and I wash my hands every time I do anything with my eye, both before and afterwards.”
Gallinger, who worked as a pet nutritionist, was first given antibiotic eye drops when she sought medical attention for the excessive weeping and swelling. Instead of solving the problem, though, the drops only worsened the swelling and left her vision blurry over a week later.
When doctors then tried to treat Gallinger’s condition with steroid drops, the swelling around her eye went down, but the purple substance in her sclera began to clump around her cornea, impairing her vision even further.
Now, Gallinger has been told that she will never fully recover her eyesight and could even go completely blind. In a Facebook, she revealed that, while her vision has improved some, her mental health has degraded significantly as a result of the stressful experience.