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)Still, just because he dreamed up eyeball tattoos doesn't mean he thinks they’re a good idea (to note, neither Allure nor the American Academy of Opthalmology recommend or endorse sclera tattoos). In fact, he tries to talk clients out of it. "To be honest, every person that contacts me about eyeball tattoos gets the same letter back," he says. "I explain they really should invest in quality contacts and wear those for a long time." (Source:
After refining and perfecting the process, Cobra's more comfortable performing sclera tattoos now than he was at first. "For the first five years, doing sclera tattoos really bothered me," he recalls. "I was really worried about the clients — I'd call them for days to make sure they were okay." (Source: www.allure.com)
"Think twice" might be the understatement of the year when it comes to sticking a needle in your eye, but even perfectly-executed sclera tattoos can affect people in unpredictable ways. "Because the ink is slightly raised, you may have a permanent foreign body sensation," Haberman points out, meaning that the feeling of having a little piece of dust in your eye could be yours forever. And then there's the simple fact that sclera tattoos might scare the absolute hell out of some people. (Source: www.allure.com)
If all of that still isn't enough to convince you of this procedure's risks, considering that this procedure is still relatively new — there aren't any folks yet who have decades-old eye tattoos for us to observe their longevity. And, as Haberman explains, there's no substantial research to determine the procedure's safety and results. "This procedure has not been scientifically studied or approved and would never be performed by a medical doctor," she says. In fact, legislation has been introduced (and passed) in several states to ban this type of body modification altogether. (Source: www.allure.com)
Gallinger is finished with eyeball tattoos, even if they were to come from Luna Cobra himself. A reader once asked her if she'd consider letting the originator do her other eye. Her answer was a firm no. "…Although he is very reputable and I highly respect him, I won't be allowing anyone near it." (Source: www.allure.com) You can see more of Luna Cobra's art at: www.lunacobra.com and at: www.thesenzland.
That's because the medical risks are pretty scary: Once another substance is injected into the layers of the eye, it can cause chronic inflammation of the wall of the eye, says Kendall E. Donaldson, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
According to Gallinger’s viral Facebook post, her ordeal was caused by an untrained artist not using enough injection sites and overfilling the ones he created with undiluted ink. The following Facebook update reported that she experienced pain, and suffering blurred and double vision for quite some time. (Source: www.allure.com Scleral tattooing is the practice of tattooing the sclera, or white part of the human eye. The dye is not injected into the tissue, but between two layers of the eye, where it spreads out over a large area. The process is not common. It is extremely dangerous, as some procedures have caused visual impairment and blindness, severe permanent pain, and loss of the eye. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))
Both Larratt and Rahn died from causes unrelated to the procedure. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
To achieve this coloration, the dye is injected not into the tissue, but rather between two layers of the eye, where it spreads. A single ink injection covers about a quarter of the eye, so several injections are needed to completely cover the entire eye surface. But once it’s injected, it can also cause chronic inflammation of the eye, and if it’s not injected exactly in the right place, the needle can also perforate the eye. (Source: www.zmescience.com) An even more extreme procedure is known as vitrectomy , where the fluid between the cornea and the lens is removed using a purposefully
Consider this warning from Luna Cobra regarding black sclera, one of the more popular requests he gets (see Italian model Cristian Ombra and Polish rapper/ MMA fighter Popek): "When someone wants a black eyeball and they have dark brown irises, I warn them they’re going to scare the crap out of everybody forever," he says. “You can't tell where they're looking, and it’s off-putting. It's a little bit harder to interact with somebody like that." (Source:
Being a fan of Frank Herbert's Dune, Shannon had photoshopped the eyes of his own picture to look like the blue eyes of the Fremen in the novel. He and Luna Cobra then tried to figure out how to color his eyes permanently blue. Eventually Cobra agreed to give it a try if Shannon could find two other people willing to have their eyeballs colored (of these three only Farrah is still alive, making her the person in the world who has had sclera tattoos for the longest period of time). (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Putting any needle into your eye is a huge ‘no-no’, especially as the one doing it is not a medical practitioner. Add in the risk of injecting a foreign substance into your eye, and you end up with a recipe for disaster. Cobra himself admits that a lot of people are getting hurt because of unsafe eye tattoos, and although he’d like to “continue the art,” he would advocate a complete ban on the procedure. (Source: www.zmescience.com)
“Eyeball tattoos are done by non-ophthalmic trained personnel, which increases the risk of serious ocular complications like globe penetration and endophthalmitis,” the study notes. (Source: www.zmescience.com) “It is extremely important that an ophthalmologist be consulted before eye tattooing to ensure that you have a safe and successful procedure,