Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) Joint position paper calling for a complete ban on scleral tattooing and eyeball jewellery implantation in Manitoba

September 2018

Context: There is a growing trend among body modification enthusiasts to tattoo their eyeballs (specifically the sclera of the eye) and also implant jewellery under the surface layer (conjunctiva) of the eyeball. This is being done unsafely by untrained artists under questionable conditions and leading to a
variety of unfortunate complications, including loss of vision and loss of the eye in some cases. As eye health care professionals, the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) and the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (EPSOM) are submitting this joint statement calling for a ban of these dangerous practices leading to unnecessary morbidity and loss of vision in members of the unsuspecting public.

Read the Full Position Statement Here