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Risks of Piercings and Surgical Implants Directly on the Eye

Risks of Piercings and Surgical Implants Directly on the Eye

February 5, 2018

People are familiar with tattoos, hair that is dyed blue, green and purple and the occasional facial piercings, but have you noticed the surgical implants or eye jewelry In someone's eye? For $3,000 to $4,000, Doctors in Manhattan and other areas around the world are implanting platinum jewelry directly in the eyeball. 

Image Provided by Rebuild Your Vision[/caption] Doctors who perform this procedure claim it is safe, but Dr. Stewart Shofner and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) disagree. The AAO warns consumers to avoid the surgery, because even though it is more common in Europe, it isn't approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This procedure is most commonly performed in the Netherlands and reached the US just a couple of years ago. Some states have taken a proactive approach by banning such procedures and will penalize doctors who are caught performing this procedure with fines and prison. 

 "The American Academy of Ophthalmology has not identified sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure," the academy said in a statement, warning of complications including blindness from ocular infection or bleeding, bleeding beneath the conjunctiva, perforation of the eye and conjunctivitis. 

Most any surgical procedure comes with some risk,ays Dr. Shofner. But you increase the risk every time you place a foreign object in your eye. Even contact lenses increase one's risk of developing an eye infection, hence why so many these days are choosing LASIK surgery as it's 5x safer. The FDA also advises to avoid placing any foreign body in the eye or material that is not approved by the FDA. Decorating or personalizing one's body is not new to this generation. Each decade seems to introduce something new and trendy, which is especially influential on our youth. It's important that children and parents understand all the risks before considering cosmetic alterations, especially ones that could harm your vision. Examples include eye/eye-brow piercing, cosmetic contact lens, cosmetic tattoos, dying of the eyes and temporary facial art. Applying facial rhinestones using glue or adhesive could easily fall into one�۪s eyes, scratching the surface and result in eye infection. 

 Many of Shofner Vision Center's patients are professionals who rely upon their vision every day to optimize their overall performance not for fashionable reasons. If you or a loved one experiences any sudden changes in your vision or other eye concerns, contact your local eye doctor or schedule an appointment with Shofner Vision Center by calling (615) 340-4733 or visit shofnervisioncenter.com.

Risks of Piercings and Surgical Implants Directly on the Eye

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