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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 128-130

Inadvertent globe penetration due to self-attempted eyeball tattooing


1 Department of Intraocular Lens and Cataract Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post-Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Cornea and Refractive Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Retina and Vitreous Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post-Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bagavath Shalini
Aravind Eye Hospital and Post-Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1402_21

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Eyeball tattooing or scleral tattooing is a new form of body modification. A 27-year-old Indian male presented with defective vision in the left eye a day after self-attempted eyeball tattooing. The inadvertent penetration and ink injection led to the staining of the cornea, suspension of ink in the aqueous. The lens showed capsular staining and subsequent progression to the cataract. The posterior segment showed staining of vitreous with the red dye, retinal thickening at the macula. The optical coherence tomography showed inner retinal hyperreflectivity with retinal thickening. As these “Do it yourself” maneuvers are becoming trends influenced by social media, we report a case of self-attempted eyeball tattooing and its complications.


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