Case series: Two cases of eyeball tattoos with short-term complications



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Title:

Case series: Two cases of eyeball tattoos with short-term complications.

Abstract: The authors: "report two cases of eyeball tattoos with short-term post procedural complications.

Observations: Case 1 is a 26-year-old Mexican man that developed orbital cellulitis and posterior scleritis 2 h after an eyeball tattoo. Patient responded satisfactorily to systemic antibiotic and corticosteroid treatment. Case 2 is a 17-year-old Mexican man that developed two sub-episcleral nodules in the ink injection sites immediately after the procedure.

Conclusions and importance: Eyeball tattoos are performed by non-ophthalmic trained personnel. There are a substantial number of short-term risks associated with this procedure. Long-term effects on the eyes and vision are still unknown, but in a worst case scenario could include loss of vision or permanent damage to the eyes."
Industry Significance Rating: High - Industry alert, report has major implications related to health and safety.
Publication: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports , 2016 Nov Volume 5 , 26 - 28.
Authors: Duarte G, Cheja R, Pachón D, Ramírez C, Arellanes L.
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Discussion:

Conjunctival tattooing is a very high risk service that has predominantly been provided by a very small percentage of body art tattooist (non-medical and non-ophthalmic trained personnel) there are several cases within the literature of adverse outcomes from this service and the potential for harm is extreme.

Recommendations:

Clients who request any form of eyeball tattooing services should be advised that this type of procedure is well beyond the scope of a tattooist and should only be performed by qualified ophthalmic surgeons for legitimate medical reasons.

Keywords:

Medical Report, eyeball tattoo, ink, complications, uveitis, scleritis, orbital cellulitis, conjunctival tattooing

 

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