Catt Gallinger was already a fan of extreme body modifications when, she said, someone offered to stain her eyeball by injecting ink into the white part of the eye. The procedure, called sclera staining, can result in a surprising visual effect that has recently gained popularity among those who like to alter their bodies in unconventional ways.
So Gallinger agreed and chose purple, his favorite color. But the day of the procedure, something went terribly wrong.
Purple ink oozed from his eye and ran down his cheek. The next day, the eye swelled and finally became infected painfully. Three weeks later, the internal swelling remained and the doctors told her that she risked becoming permanently blind in the affected eye.
Gallinger began publishing public Facebook updates about his eye on September 20 to warn others about the procedure. By then, she said. She had visited the hospital several times and had prescribed a large number of antibiotic drops and steroids to reduce inflammation. His vision in that eye had become blurred and showed no signs of improvement, he added.
"There are many people who can attest that my aftercare was good and any other part of what I am saying," Gallinger wrote. "I am NOT sharing this with you to cause problems, I am sharing this to warn you to look for who you get your procedures with as well as how to do the procedure correctly."
~ * SHARE THIS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE * ~ -Sclera Tattoo- (Eye Tattoo Whites) For Everyone …
Posted by Catt Gallinger on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Gallinger has continued to post regular updates on Facebook, vacillating between resignation and anger. His goal, he has said repeatedly, is to warn people against the same mistake he made.
And the only constant in all his updates has been his pain.
"The pain sits along my socket and behind my eye, and it looks like something is trying to get out," he said in a Facebook video on November 5. "Today I woke up with less vision. again, so that's not the best thing. "
November 10: "As you can see, the eye is swelling again, I'm not sure why, it's very irritated, no words for pain, none at all."
In a live session of Facebook on November 17, Gallinger disagreed with a video he had seen online that characterized the sclera staining as "great" but "risky".
"Risk is, oh, I could get a scar from that or ah, it could cause some bruising, that's risky [Sclera staining is] downright dangerous," he said. "This video has me so excited! The point that I am public, the point of my story, the goal of everything is to create awareness against that, is to help people realize the damage that could be done."
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More than two months later, Gallinger's prognosis has not improved, despite some hope from the start that he could undergo surgery to eliminate the excess ink in your eye. However, he claimed that his doctors were not familiar with what could be done, since they had never handled such a case before. Instead, a swollen layer of lavender has been established where the target of the affected eye should be. He spent weeks hydrating the eye with artificial tears to fight a thin cornea.
"If I lose a day and it dries out, it is very likely that it can cause a very serious vision loss problem, as well as break down or dissolve completely at that point," Gallinger wrote in late October.
Gallinger said he tried to undergo surgery without sedation on November 23, only to suffer the "worst panic attack in my life." The omitted surgery meant that he was now at high risk of eye loss, although he would still explore sedated surgery options, he said.
"This is more than heartbreaking – I can not open it without significant effort," Gallinger wrote on November 24. "As I have always been honest here, I will continue to be." My hope is gone. I'm very close to asking for the elimination. I'm so tired of everything. "
-Actdate-Sclera Stain / Tattoo Gone WrongWell .. I have a surgery in the next month or so, they'll call me with a …
Posted by Catt Gallinger on Monday, October 30, 2017
About a month ago, Gallinger started a GoFundMe account to raise money to cover the cost of his medications and transportation to his medical appointments.
"I know many people do it. I do not understand the option of getting a tattoo. "The fundraiser said," But the past is done, and the facts are clear, [Gallinger] has been a victim. "
Gallinger did not respond to The Post's initial interview requests and did not respond to the follow-up messages sent on Saturday through Facebook and GoFundMe.
In the first updates, Gallinger accused the person who had the eyeball tattoo of misinterpreting his qualifications and training and said he planned to take legal action.  9659003] "The procedure was done by someone who told me they had experience," Gallinger said in a September 25 video. "It's my fault that I believed it." It's my fault that I gave in when they repeatedly asked me to do my eye. "
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Gallinger identified the person as her then-boyfriend, a modification of the artist body, Time magazine:
She already has about 25 tattoos on her body, and has undergone another risky procedure to divide her tongue to make it look forked, so Gallinger said that getting a sclera tattoo seemed to be the next step … But Gallinger had not investigated enough and gave in too early to receive pressure from his boyfriend, he said.
During the procedure, Gallinger said he made many mistakes, he did not mix the ink with any saline solution. a large needle instead of a small one, which went too far into the eye, and instead of making several small doses, Gallinger simply took a large injection during a 10-minute session.
-Ac Update of Sclera's stain / wrong tattoo: sorry, I have not answered many comments or messages. I've been sleeping a lot …
Posted by Catt Gallinger on Monday, November 27, 2017
Body modification procedures, sometimes called "body modifications", include everything that changes the anatomy or appearance , from piercings to bad implants or foot union. Body tattoos and ear piercings are perhaps the most common forms of body modification, but in recent years, the most extreme procedures – such as the division of the tongue and eye tattoo – have been consolidated.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology strongly recommends sclerotic tattoos, noting risks such as blindness or worse. The medical organization documented a case this year in which a 24-year-old man had to remove his eye after a "scleral tattoo went wrong."
"Putting any kind of needle in the eye is very dangerous," Philip Rizzuto, spokesman for the AAO, told USA Today. "We do that all the time, but we're trained for 12 to 18 years to treat the eye."
Luna Cobra, an Australian body modification artist, claims to have invented the sclera stain a decade ago. Even he has a warning on his website against the procedure performed by "imitators".
"Personally I have not trained anyone else to do this procedure, however, I have appeared in several television / news segments and have inspired many imitators around the world," he wrote. "This is important to know because without the right education, training, experience and guidance, these professionals have caused vision problems such as blurred vision, spots or floaters and even blindness." YES PEOPLE ARE BLIND WITH EYE TATTOO "
] On Facebook, Gallinger said he had been in contact with Luna Cobra since his ordeal, adding that although he said he respected him, he had no plans to undergo the procedure. again.
"Just please be careful who gets your modifications and do your research," Gallinger wrote. "I do not want this to happen to anyone else."
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