Sclera tattooing is becoming the latest trend for individuals into body modification, but many people don’t understand the dangers associated with this practice. The process involves injecting ink into the white portion (known as the sclera) of the eye to tint it, but it’s not as harmless as tattoo artists may claim.

The Parts of the Eye are Interconnected

The sclera, the white part of the eye that is the object of this dying process, is connected to the other parts of the eye. It has been established that it’s one piece with the cornea, which is the transparent protective covering of the eye. This means that just one slip could cause permanent eye damage. Piercing the cornea may mean leaving scars that can affect vision.

This is why getting dirt and debris in the eye is so painful. The cornea’s three protective layers are designed to keep foreign objects out of the eye. Deliberately injecting ink into the eye can cause serious damage that can even prevent the cornea from protecting the eye from other risks, such as the sun’s UV rays.

The Cornea is Key to How We See

In addition to providing protection of the eye, the cornea also helps in the eyesight process. The cornea is responsible for focusing light and images for the retina, which transmits those pictures to the brain. Damaging the cornea with a needle or ink can lead to permanent eyesight problems, such as fuzzy vision or full blindness.

Even if the cornea isn’t damaged, there are cases where sclera tattooing led to infection of other parts of the eye. The iris, pupil, retina, lens, nerves, and membranes can all be affected, leading to untreatable vision problems. Because these nerves and membranes are also connected to the brain, a severe infection can also lead to death. Even in cases where damage isn’t immediately apparent, the eye is weakened by the process and degeneration can occur over time.

Anyone interested in sclera tattoos should be aware that the procedure is not regulated by the government, nor is it considered a medical procedure. This means the tattooist likely doesn’t know much about the eye and may only have received minimal training. If you still want to experience this type of body modification, be sure to ask plenty of questions. Learn as much as you can about the tattooist’s qualifications, skills, and the tools he’ll be using. Seek out other clients to find out how they rate their experiences with him. Sclera tattooing is not something that should be done lightly or without proper research.