Saskatchewan bans eyeball tattoos

Icymi, Ministry Of Health, Kevin Woodard, Kristine Tipple, Inner War, Regina, Scleral

#ICYMI: Saskatchewan bans eyeball tattoos

Icymi, Ministry Of Health

2/16/2020

ICYMI : Saskatchewan bans eyeball tattoos

The procedure has been connected to inflammation, infections and extreme pain, in some cases forcing the surgical removal of the eye.

Kristine “Mouse” Tipple is passionate about body modification. She has been a tattoo artist for about four years and is part owner of Regina’s Inner War Tattoos & Piercings. She does piercings and permanent makeup, and wants to get into scarification, branding and subdermal implants. But she’d think long and hard before ever tattooing an eyeball. “I want to get heavily involved with all types of body mods…” she said. “Scleral tattoos, I’m sketchy about.” That’s why Tipple is “thrilled” to hear about the province’s recent ban on scleral tattoos. The procedure involves the injection of ink between the sclera, the white layer of the eye, and the clear layer known as the conjunctiva. Cabinet changed regulations through a Jan. 31 order to ban the practice, as well as “the implantation of eye jewellery under the conjunctiva.” There are several horror stories of scleral tattoos gone wrong, and Tipple doesn’t think the risks are worth it. The Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists (SAO) is inclined to agree. In a statement, it applauded the government’s decision and noted that Saskatchewan now joins Ontario in banning “cosmetic eye tattooing and the implantation of eye jewelry.” The SAO warned about an increase in patients coming to optometrists and ophthalmologists with complications from the procedures. It pointed to a 2017 case in Alberta, where a botched scleral tattoo caused “bacterial contamination.” The 24-year-old patient had his eye removed as a result. Another case, widely shared on social media, led to an Ottawa woman reporting severe pain and crying tears stained with purple ink. Other potential complications include inflammation, retinal detachment, blindness and “extreme pain.” Kevin Woodard, past president of the SAO, was not aware of any cases of scleral tattoos in Saskatchewan. He said the association’s concern, and the government’s action, is proactive. Woodard said the introduction of a foreign body — either ink or jewelry — between the sclera and the conjunctiva can lead to “microtrauma.” That can cause a “chain reaction” resulting in inflammation and an immune reaction against the eye. In a worst case scenario, the response could spread to the other eye and cause total blindness. “It’s not safe,” he said. “It doesn’t take much inflammation to start a chain reaction.” He said implanted eye jewelry can cause similar trauma. He called it “a ticking time bomb.” “Boom, that eye is inflamed, and the consequence again can be blindness,” he said. The Ministry of Health was also not aware of any cases of scleral tattoos in Saskatchewan, but said the ban is appropriate due to the dangers of a “very risky” procedure. In a statement, it said the prohibition followed “a high profile adverse event in Ontario and concerns raised by the medical community.” The ministry also said it had consulted with tattoo facility operators before moving forward and “all stakeholders were in agreement with the ban.” The first report of cosmetic scleral tattoos available on the internet comes from 2007, in the body modification web magazine BME. “The first time I read about it I was flabbergasted. Who in their right mind would want to try something like that?” said Woodard. “But I guess to each their own.” While Tipple remains extremely hesitant about scleral tattoos, she does understand the appeal. “It’s the ability to be different,” said Tipple. “Everyone says that your body’s a temple and you should respect it. A lot of people see it as my body’s a temple and I want to decorate it.” awhite-crummey@postmedia.com Read more: National Post

😂😂 saving people from themselves Crazy that we need laws like this to protect people from themselves I find it horrifying that society has to actually attempt banning stupidity. Too bad there wasn’t a ban on stupidity. Censoring artforms. Better have a good reason other than personal preference. Good idea

There has to be serious mental issues behind those eyes. Imagine having to ban something so incredibly stupid in the first place? I don’t know why anyone would get that done in the first place. SMH

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