What are the risks of tattooing eyes?

Tattooing your eyes can pose significant risks. There are two types of eye tattoos. One is semi permanent make up (SMP) like microblading, microshading and permanent eyeliner. SMP uses tattooing based techniques to amplify the feature around your eyes like eyebrows and eyelashes. It can produce stunning results. You don’t have to take my word for it, see a portfolio for yourself. Another type is eyeball tattoo, which is a kind of body modification and poses a much greater risk.


The skin around the eyes is very sensitive. SMP involves puncturing the skin with needles. The use of unsanitary and non-sterilized equipment can cause infection. You can also have an allergic reaction to the pigments used for SMP procedures. The skin around the eyes can become inflamed due to repetitive poking by the needles. It can cause redness and small lumps that will go away in a few days.

Most side effects of SMP heal in a few days on their own. There is no need to take any medication unless there is severe infection or allergic reaction. You can eliminate the risk of allergic reaction by ensuring that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients of pigments used for SMP. SMP is a safe process. Most side effects of the procedure are caused by carelessness of untrained professionals. So always approach reputed clinics with well trained artists to avoid the risks posed by SMP.

Eyeball tattoo

Eye tattoos can have a striking effect. It involves coloring the whites of your eyeball a different shade. But there are very serious risks associated with tattooing eyeballs. Eyeball tattoos cannot be removed and you have them for life.  Medical professionals advise against getting an eyeball tattoo. Currently the procedure is mostly unregulated. The procedure can result in retinal detachment.

It can cause photophobia, which means sensitivity to light. There can be inflammation of the eye and itching which can damage the eye. Infection is the most common side effect of eyeball tattooing. In extreme cases it can result in total loss of vision. So be very sure before you opt to have an eye tattoo.

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