Catt Gallinger, a model from Canada, decided she wanted one of her eyes to be purple.
Not like the kind of color you can get from contact lenses, though. No, she needed the entire white part of her eyeball to be purple. So she decided to get a scleral tattoo. Now, she'll probably never see the same again.
Bad decision, worse consequences
Gallinger went to a tattoo artist, and actually let another person stick a needle in her eyeball and inject purple ink inside.
Predictably, the procedure turned out poorly as the too-inexperienced artist injected the needle too deep into her eye because he used a needle that was too big. Now her eyesight is blurred and her eye is swollen and painful.
Of course, Gallinger documented the good, bad and ugly of all this on social media (you might find some of the pictures disturbing), with Facebook photos showing purple dye leaking from her eye and videos of her lamenting the loss of her eyesight.
“I took my eyesight for granted and trusted someone I shouldn’t have. And even if this heals, my eyesight is not going to be back,” she said in a Facebook video.
Treatment and recovery
Gallinger is currently undergoing medical treatment and hopes to get the ink surgically removed from her eye before it dries. She already reported a slight improvement in her sight, but there's no guarantee for a full recovery.
She issued a warning that you might think (or hope) is not something people needed to be told.
“I would never recommend anyone do this. I would never recommend that this is a good decision,” she said in a video post Tuesday, “Don’t risk it. It’s not worth it.”