Anaya Peterson is regretting getting a tattoo against her daughter's advice. The 7-year-old warned her that she might lose her sight after getting her eyeballs tattooed.
The woman is now losing her sight after getting the risky body modification procedure. She was inspired by "blue-eyed dragon" Amber Luke.
The Australian model was temporarily blind for three weeks after getting eyeball tattoos back in 2019.
The 32-year-old woman from Belfast was hospitalized after getting the tattoo. She faces the possibility of losing her sight because she is reacting to the ink used to create the tattoo.
Anaya also has facial tattoos and a tongue split. She currently regrets her decision to get an eyeball tattoo.
The woman is a body modification fanatic, and she got the tattoo on her right eye back in July 2020.
She had to suffer headaches and dry eyes, which was all "part of the healing process." However, she still chose to get a tattoo on her left eye in December of that year.
After getting the procedures, she went for months without facing any complications. However, things changed without warning when she woke up in August 2021 with swollen eyelids.
She looked like her face "had been inflated with air" or as if she had "done five rounds with Mike Tyson."
The swelling kept getting worse, and she had to go to the hospital. Unfortunately, the antibiotics she got did not do much to reduce the serious inflammation she was experiencing.
For three days, Anaya had to get medication through a drip. The following day, a biopsy was done on her eyeball.
From the very beginning, her daughter was not thrilled with the idea of her getting an eyeball tattoo. She was concerned that her mom might "go blind."
Today, the mom realizes that this is a possibility she might have to deal with since her sight is getting worse.
Initially, she thought she would get a single tattoo so that she would still have one good eye if the tattooed eye went blind. Today, she feels that she should have stuck to that plan.
"My daughter told me that I didn't want to do that [the tattoo] asking, 'what if you go blind?' She wasn't on board with it at all."
The swelling started from her top eyelid before spreading to her bottom eyelid. The swelling kept getting worse and she decided to visit the hospital where they collected samples from her eye and operated on her.
She had to be put to sleep during the procedure.
The experience was anything but pleasant:
"I just wanted to be at home watching [TV] to be honest. I can't even put it into words. It wasn't nice at all whatsoever."
She found the ordeal traumatizing, and at that moment, she swore that she was done with "doing that sh*t again."
When she left the hospital, she was healing from her condition, but she was still regretful of her decision to do what Amber Luke had done.
Sadly, the mom is not out of the woods yet. Ophthalmologists have told her that she suffers a very high risk of suffering from glaucoma.
Her sight is already getting worse, and her sight is obstructed by "hundreds of thousands of floaters."
Her university has been supportive of her, and she has gotten applications that make reading easier. She is also getting counseling.
Despite what she is going through, Anaya is optimistic. She is not letting the negative comments she is getting online over her decision to modify her appearance get her down.
Although she appears to have recovered on the outside, on the inside, she claims that she is "on the verge of going blind."
"I don't have 20/20 vision anymore. From a distance, I can't see features on faces."
She knows that she would not be dealing with these issues if she had not decided to get eyeball tattoos. Anaya usually wakes up with more floaters in her eyes, which is dangerous.
She has also accepted her shocking predicament:
"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 she is 60 or 70, she does not want to visit the eye doctor every two or three days.
If she could go back in time, she would do a single black eye tattoo.
She encourages her daughter not to be too concerned about other people's opinions since they are ordinary people, just like her.
"You have positive comments and negative comments, but the negative comments always overshadow the positive ones."
Her inspiration, Amber Luke, has also opened up about the downsides of getting her eyeballs tattooed. She has faced discrimination over her blue eyeballs in public and at work.
Amber has so far spent $250k on tattoos, piercings, and surgery. However, she still finds comments people make about her "distressing."
According to Amber, everyone has their opinion on what beauty is. She pointed out that there are cultures where people stretch their necks, ears, or lips.
She feels that we are all entitled to our opinions.
"But, what gets to me is when someone expresses their opinion to me in public and comes up to me and says, "Oh, you're ugly," or, "You've ruined yourself."
"It's very distressing to know that people have that strong opinion and they can just voice it without any repercussions."
Before people decide to drastically alter their appearances, Amber has asked them to make informed choices by doing proper research.
She advises people to confirm the artist's botched rate. Amber also feels that people should prepare themselves mentally for the reality of seeing a needle get into their eyeball since "The anxiety is high as hell."