Baird legalises eyeball tattooing: Labor

The NSW Health Department has approved eyeball tattooing. (Wikipedia)

The NSW Health Department has approved eyeball tattooing. (Wikipedia)

The dangerous practice of eyeball tattooing has been unwittingly legalised by health legislation passed by the state government, says Labor’s health spokesman.

Walt Secord has labelled amendments made by the Baird government earlier this month as a “major stuff up”.

He says the laws effectively green-light eyeball tattooing, where ink is injected into the white part of the eye making it a solid or mix of colour.

Mr Secord said the practice had been banned in some American states as it can cause blindness and has been linked to cancer.

‘Doctors have advised that they are very reluctant to undertake any procedure like this and the Baird government should not be regulating this area. It should be banning the practice,’ he said in a statement on Tuesday.


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