Woman Says She Went Blind After Getting Eyeballs Tattooed Black

Woman Says She Went Blind After Getting Eyeballs Tattooed Black

The tattoo artist, who used the same ink used for tattooing skin, is facing up to three years in prison.

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A young Polish woman claims that she lost sight in one of her eyes as a result of getting her eyeballs tattooed black. The tattoo artist had allegedly used standard ink for skin tattoos on her eyeballs. After the procedure, Aleksandra Sadowska, 25, complained of sharp pain in her eyes immediately but the artist told her it was normal and that it could be treated with painkillers. Later, she sued him but he has denied the charges. "There is clear evidence that the tattoo artist did not know how to perform such a delicate procedure," Sadowska's lawyers said, according to Metro. "And yet he decided to perform it which led to this tragedy."


Experts told Sadowska that the damage that her eyes had gone through was irreparable and she was likely to be blind in both eyes soon. According to the Mirror, she said, "Unfortunately, for now, doctors do not give me much optimism for improvement. The damage is too deep and extensive. I'm afraid I will be completely blind." Despite the terrifying ordeal, she plans on not letting it get to her and wants to live her life to the fullest. She continued, "I will not lock myself in the basement and get depressed. I have sadness behind me, but I live on."



The model from Wroclaw, Poland said she was inspired by Popek, a Polish rapper famous for dying the whites of his eyes black. The rapper told Tattoofan magazine previously that, after his procedure, he was blind for a month. His eyesight has permanently deteriorated 30 percent as a result of the procedure. He now has to wear glasses daily but adds that he has no regrets. The procedure cost him £6,000, he said, which is about $7,666.53, reports Insider. "You must be relaxed, have eyes wide open, and someone is touching you eyeball with a burning cigarette," he said. "This is where he puts the needle in the eye and the procedure begins."


Popek also got pretty candid about people who try to replicate his look. "If they imitate, it is worse than stupidity. It is foolish to do what I do, but this is who I am, it is me, I’m real. These people pretend to be someone they are not, and that’s double stupidity. I do not regret anything, even one scar, even my slight blindness. One of the imitators, I wish her a quick recovery. Such things. if you are not sure of this, your future and it is not really you, don’t do this." Talking about his tattooed eyes, he added, "That’s why I turn to all my fans – to those who do not know what they will do in life – do not do it. In my opinion, you can decide on such things if you are financially secure for the rest of your life. If you do not have such a comfortable situation, I advise against it."