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Call to ban eyeball tattooing following another horror story

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) has called for a ban on eyeball tattooing following yet another horror story of the procedure resulting in infection, intense pain and permanent vision loss.
Eyeball tattooing is a high risk procedure that involves permanently changing the colour of the white part of the eye. When this procedure goes wrong there can be devastating, lifelong consequences, including permanent blindness. Recent media stories have highlighted the terrifying adverse effects of this procedure.

RANZCO is calling on state and federal governments to take action to outlaw eyeball tattooing being conducted by anyone who is not a medically trained eye care professional.
We have an opportunity to take action now before the negative effects of eye ball tattooing become as prevalent in Australia and New Zealand as they have become elsewhere. Not only will this help prevent the life altering impact of vision loss for individuals, but it can also prevent the burden on the public health system, as severe eye injuries require complex treatment and ongoing medical care.

“Eye ball tattooing is an extremely dangerous, irreversible procedure that can lead to blindness. RANZCO strongly believes that legislation should be amended so that only trained medical eye care professionals are permitted to undertake procedures such as this, thereby protecting the public from this dangerous and potentially blinding procedure.” – Dr Daya Sharma, RANZCO Ophthalmologist.

For more information, please contact Emma Carr, General Manager of Communications, RANZCO, at or on +61 2 9690 1001.

Last updated: April 4, 2019

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