Review of Optometry® > Fresh Ink. While corneal tattooing is relatively safe, some complications may occur, such as allergic reaction to the dyes used, secondary infection, delayed epithelialization, recurrent erosion, perforation and intrastromal hemorrhage if vessels are damaged. However, Dr. Aquavella says complications are “extremely rare in the hands of an experienced corneal surgeon.”
Corneal tattooing is the practice of tattooing the cornea of the human eye. Reasons for this practice include improvement of cosmetic appearance(?) and the improvement of sight. Many different methods and procedures exist today, and there are varying opinions concerning the safety or success of this practice.