She's now partially blind and in excruciating pain.
Purple is Catt Gallinger’s favorite color, so when the Canadian model had the opportunity to “tattoo” her eyeball — a procedure called sclera staining, in which ink is injected into the white part of the eye — she chose the color purple, the Washington Post reports.
The Canadian model already had purple hair and often wore purple lipstick, and her numerous tattoos contained a lot of purple.
Sclera staining can result in a startling tint of the eye, a visual effect that has gained popularity recently among people who practice extreme body modification. But for Gallinger, something went terribly wrong.
The person who performed the procedure (her then-boyfriend) misstated his qualifications, she now says. Purple ink oozed out of her eye and trickled down her cheek, and the next day, the eye was swollen shut.
Three weeks later, the swelling remained and doctors have told her she is at risk of going permanently blind in the affected eye.
On September 20, Gallinger started posting public Facebook updates about her eye to warn others. By then, she said, she had visited the hospital several times and a slew of antibiotic and steroidal eye drops have not saved her vision .
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