I tattooed my eyes purple and blue – now I’m going blind

Hindsight is 20/20.

A mum-of-five rejected her daughter’s advice not to get a tattoo on her eyeball because she’s going blind – and now she’s losing her sight.

Law student Anaya Peterson was in awe of Australian model Amber Luke, who got a vivid blue tattoo on her eyeball and went blind for three weeks. Although Luke has regained his sight, 32-year-old Peterson may lose his sight permanently.

“I just wanted one [eye tattoo] in the beginning, because I thought that if I was blind, at least I would have another eye. I had to stick with it,” Peterson told Kennedy News. “My daughter told me I didn’t want to do that [the tattoo] What if you go blind? He did not agree with it at all.”

The body modification enthusiast has a split tongue and numerous tattoos – but inking her eyes could be a step too far.
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Now she wishes she had listened to her wise 7-year-old daughter. A woman from Belfast, Northern Ireland was hospitalized with disfigured eyeballs after a potential reaction to the ink and now claims she is at risk of developing cataracts.

“I don’t have 20/20 vision anymore. “If I look from a distance, I can’t see the features on the faces,” he said. “If I hadn’t tattooed my eyeballs, I wouldn’t have this problem. I woke up today with more swimmers in my eyes. And that’s dangerous.”

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Peterson said her daughter tried to warn her about losing her eyesight, but she didn’t listen.
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He “always has this problem” because he can’t get the tattoo ink out of his eyes.

But her horror tattoo story didn’t start off so rough – she’s had no complications for months after getting a blue tattoo on her right eye in July 2020. Despite suffering from some dryness and headaches, she chose to get a purple tattoo over her left eye in December of that year.

Peterson's swollen face
One morning he woke up with swollen face and eyelids.
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Peterson's purple eye
This was the result of a potential reaction to the ink.
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In August 2021, the situation took a turn for the worst. One day he woke up with extremely swollen eyelids that looked like he had “five rounds with Mike Tyson”. As his symptoms worsened, he decided to check himself into the hospital, where doctors gave him intravenous drugs for three days and performed a biopsy on his troubled eye.

“I just wanted to watch it at home [TV] To be honest. I can’t even put it into words. It was not pleasant at all,” he recalls. “It was very hard to go through. I just remember thinking, “I’m not doing it again with an eye tattoo. I’m definitely not doing it again.”

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Andy Peterson says he has floaters in his vision and is at risk of going blind.
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A body modification enthusiast has left hospital “on the mend” but regrets deciding to get the white of her eye tattooed in the first place.

“I’m kind of healed — on the outside, he’s healed. Just on the inside. I’m basically on the verge of going blind,” he says. “If I could go back in time, there’s one black thing I’d do [eye tattoo] and left him. I would make one black. Absolutely.”

Blue eye
Initially inspired by an Australian model, he got a blue tattoo on just one eye.
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Despite her sad appearance, Peterson remains positive in the face of the negative comments she’s received online.

“I tell my daughter don’t care what anyone else thinks because they’re just normal people like you,” she said. “You have positive and negative comments, but the negative comments always outweigh the positive.”

Peterson with puffy eyes
His “traumatic” experience at the hospital left him regretting the tattoo.
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According to Peterson’s inspiration, Australian influencer Luke, if done right, an eyeball tattoo should never lead to blindness.

“Unfortunately, my paint went too deep into my eyes,” he told the Daily Star when he lost his sight for three weeks. “If the pupil examination procedure is done correctly, you should not be blind at all.


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