The Ontario government has added a ban on cosmetic eye tattoos to a patient care bill after an Ottawa woman nearly lost her eye, CBC News reports.
An untrained artist attempted to dye the white of model Catt Gallinger's right eye purple in early September.
The procedure, called scleral pigmentation, involves inserting a small needle into the top layer of the eye and injecting diluted ink. Because the process and the ink formula are both considered cosmetic, they are now unregulated.
Within hours of the procedure, Gallinger was in pain as the ink leaked from her eye, and the pain hasn't stopped despite three months of consultations, medication and attempts at surgery.
Gallinger has to administer artificial tear drops every 15 minutes. There is a danger that the cornea may rupture, and she will lose the eye.
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