Eye inflammation or uveitis can be linked to tattoos. Uveitis experts note an increase in the frequency of uveitis related to tattoos. Patients present with a range of symptoms including redness, photophobia, change in vision, and/or eye pain. If not treated these patients are at risk for severe vision complications including cystoid macular edema, pupillary membranes, and uveitic glaucoma. According to a 2015 Harris poll, 29% of the U.S. population has a tattoo. With the increasing popularity of tattoos in the general population, the incidence of tattoo-related uveitis may increase. If anyone with a tattoo has the above eye-related symptoms they are advised to seek the attention of an ophthalmologist for prompt diagnosis and care.
Source. EyeNet vol 23/10. Page 39-40.
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