Tattooing eyeballs is going a step too far

Armchair Mayor
By Mel Rothenburger
March 6, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: March 6, 2018 - 1:41pm


I may not understand their culture, but I don’t discriminate against them just because their skin is a different colour than mine.

Some of my friends and quite a few of my family members have tattoos. Best I can figure, it’s an addiction — get one, you’ve just gotta get another one, and then another.

Maybe they just like looking at them. Maybe roses and butterflies and snakes and dragons and Mickey Mouse and lines from poems and the Bible and tributes to Mom are more interesting than Netflix.

On the serious side, of course, some people make use of tattoos to honour a lost loved one, and take comfort in acknowledging their loss in such a way.

Whatever, I’m perfectly OK with it. And if you want to wear rings in your nose, tongue, ears and I-don’t-even-want-to-think-about-where-else, it’s up to you. As long as it’s safe, no problem.

But there are some parts of the body that should be left alone. Like eyes.

There’s a thing called eye tattooing. This involves having diluted tattoo ink injected into the top layer of your eye so the white part is changed to a different colour.

If done properly by an ophthalmologist it can treat corneal scars but otherwise doctors say it’s risky.

A man in Alberta had an eye removed last year after it became infected from the ink. A woman in Ottawa has suffered partial loss of vision.

The legality is somewhat sketchy. Last week, the state of Indiana banned it. Ontario has also outlawed it. There are calls for bans in other countries as well.

But there’s more — eye jewelry. Yes, you can have jewelry implanted beneath the surface of your eye.

In this homogenized modern world, there seems no end to what people will do to make themselves look different. When it gets to the point of messing with your eyeballs, though, there really oughta be a law.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.