I have to be honest about something before I write this post: this tattoo trend that we are about to talk about makes me a little squeamish. Wait… more than a little squeamish. It makes me VERY squeamish.
Tattoo removal specialists are interested in tattoo trends because tattoos that follow trends are commonly sought for removal. We have said it before, but fashions follow trends in a similar way and getting a tattoo just because it is trendy is sort of like committing yourself to wearing the same pair of jeans forever. It can really put a time stamp on you. It is also interesting to watch tattoo trends and think of them in terms of removal.
We can usually understand why a tattoo would be trendy. When it comes to this latest tattoo trend, a headline by USA Today sums up our feelings perfectly: Sclera Tattoos: Don’t ink your eyeball. Just don’t do it. Yes, the tattoo trend we are talking about has to do with tattooing your eyeball!!!
This trend has received some national attention lately. As the article mentions, a Canadian woman recently attempted to get her sclera tattooed purple. This caused a buildup of ink in her eye, which is causing blurred vision and is extremely painful. She anticipates having to have surgery to get the ink removed but the eye will most likely remain partially blind.
So, what is a sclera tattoo? It isn’t exactly a tattoo but it is a permanent body modification procedure that has gained popularity in the last ten years. Tattoo ink and saline are mixed and then injected just under the surface of the whites of your eyes with a small needle. This procedure carries a lot of risks with it and is heavily cautioned against by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Our take is pretty much the same as the writers of the USA today article: when it comes to eyeball tattoos… just don’t do it. There are some places on the body that just aren’t designed for tattoo ink. Body modification carries risks with it. Please do your research and make sure that you are minimizing your risks, especially if you are following something that is trendy or new.
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