Monday, February 23, 2009

Complete Nutcase

Today, February 24th, is the one year anniversary of the world's first eye tattoo. A man who calls himself "Pauly Unstoppable" underwent the controversial procedure, which involved 40 injections of blue ink into his right eye. Dr. Laurie Hirsch, ironically the Executive Director of the Prevent Blindness Foundation, used her expertise in medical corneal tattooing to perform the injections. Initially, a traditional needle was used but the ink did not hold so Hirsch switched to a syringe, which successfully injected the blue pigment under the top layer of the cornea. Unstoppable urged that, "the procedure was extensively researched and done by people who were aware of the risks and possible complications and that it should not be casually attempted." Yet, Dr. Sandra Belmont, a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital stated, "Cosmetic tattooing of the cornea can be extremely dangerous; infection, perforation and hemorrhage are among the potential complications." All in all, this guy is nuts! Imagine if you regretted it the morning after. Anyway, there are a series of disturbing photos of Unstoppable's eye mid-procedure if you're interested.

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