A 32-year-old woman from Belfast, Ireland is apparently going blind after tattooing her eyeballs blue and purple, despite the warning of her 7-year-old daughter.
Anaya Peterson, a young law student and fan of body modification influencer Amber Luke, who famously went blind for three weeks after tattooing the white of her eyeballs a bright blue, is slowly going blind after following in the footsteps of her idol. The mother-of-five was apparently in awe of Luke’s unique look and decided to have her own eyeballs tattooed in 2020, despite the warning of her 7-year-old daughter who asked her what would happen if she went blind.
Peterson got her right eyeball tattooed in July of 2020, and despite dealing with headaches and dry eyes during the “healing process”, decided to have her left eye tattooed as well, just five months later. The procedure seemingly went without a hitch, only after months without complications, in August of last year the Irish law student woke up with swollen eyelids and looked like she had been in a boxing match with Mike Tyson.
Because the swelling kept getting worse, Anaya checked herself into a hospital where antibiotics seemed useless against the inflammation. She received medication through a drip for three days and had a biopsy taken out of one of her eyeballs. She eventually underwent eye surgery to save her vision, but even though she recovered enough to be discharged, her problems were far from over.
Although her inflammation problem was eventually resolved, the paint in her eyeballs has already had a serious impact on her vision and general eye health. After examining her, an ophthalmologist told Anaya that she is at high risk of developing glaucoma and she says that her vision has already deteriorated drastically.
“I’m basically on the verge of going blind,” the 32-year-old woman said. “I don’t have 20/20 vision anymore. From a distance, I can’t see features on faces. If I didn’t have my eyeballs tattooed, I wouldn’t be having this problem. Even today I woke up with more floaters in my eyes.”
“I can’t get these eye tattoos out. I’m always going to have this problem. So, I basically think that as I get older, it’s just best to let me go blind. When I’m 60 or 70, I don’t want to have to go to the eye doctor every two or three days,” Peterson added.
The body modification enthusiast said that her 7-year-old daughter India was always against her getting her eyeballs tattooed, but she didn’t listen. Looking back, she says she should have just tattooed one of her eyeballs black and left the other one alone. That way, at least she would still have one good eye…
Unfortunately, Anaya Peterson isn’t the first person to deal with vision problems after having their eyeballs tattooed.