Apparently, there are many in Sydney who can take a needle in their eye. As a result, the irreversible procedure of eyeball tattooing has been brought under a bunch of regulations in NSW. Premier Mike Baird and his government has been heavily criticised by the opposition for doing so and have called for a ban on the procedure.

Tattooists, body piercers, acupuncturists and others must comply with the regulations to counter the risk of infection, reveals the Telegraph. “In order to ensure that premises that carry out eyeball tattooing comply with the infection control provisions of the Public Health Act and Regulation, the Public Health Regulation was amended to include eyeball tattooing within the meaning of skin penetration procedures,” said a NSW Health spokesman.

ABC elaborates that given the current debate, Health Minister Jillian Skinner indicated that a ban on eyeball inking might be on the cards. “I’ve sought advice as to whether there are any legitimate medical reasons for eyeball tattooing and if there are not then I will consider measures to ban the practice,” she said.

Tattoo artists in the harbour city opine that cigarettes, sugar, and even slushies pose a riskier threat to the people than the practice of eyeball tattooing, reveals For instance, Luna Cobra, a body modification expert based in Melbourne and the US has invented the procedure. He has coloured 10 Aussie eyes so far.

He explained that the procedure is done by opening the eyelids gently. “Then it’s just kind of hand done,” he said. “It’s like a hand poking procedure where you go in that certain layer. You don’t have actual nerve endings in your eyeball itself,” he added.

However, Luke Arundel from Optometry NSW has a completely opposing view. He believes that optometrists would not be in favour of people getting this kind of tattooing because of the risks, discloses ABC.

“There are multiple injection sites. This can be a source for infection and this infection can lead to blindness,” he said. “It’s not the same as conventional tattooing and because it’s new, there’s no guarantee that cases that are currently okay will not develop longer term complications,” he added.