Cringe-worthy story on Oddity Central today:
Catt Gallinger of Ottawa, Canada, decided to get an eyeball tattoo so that she would “feel more at home in my body.” Unfortunately, after coloring the white of her left eyeball purple, she began noticing an unnerving purple discharge oozing out of it. Doctors prescribed antibiotics but that didn’t help. Things went from bad to worse as her eye became swollen shut, and the tattoo became congealed around her cornea, affecting her vision and causing severe discomfort.
The young woman recently told reporters that she has had to spend hundreds of dollars on prescriptions so far, and while the swelling and pain have subsided, her sight in the tattooed eye still isn’t as good as before. She claims that the coloring of the eyeball appears to be lighter than before, but that could be just the paint swirling around in the eyeball.
Doctors have told Gallinger that her eye has been permanently affected and have to “go completely or stay a blurry mess.” However, she remains hopeful that surgery will prevent her condition from becoming even worse, and maybe even repair the damage. She started posting photos and videos of herself during various stages of her condition, cautioning people to look into the tattoo artist’s work and reputation before undergoing the procedure.
“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 wrote on Facebook.
Catt said that she believes complications were caused by “undiluted ink, over injection, not enough/smaller injections sights”. She also says that she did nothing wrong during the recovery period.
“There are multiple people who can attest that my aftercare was good and any other part of what I am saying,” Catt wrote. “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.”