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Cost-effective Tattooing: The Use of Sterile Ink for Corneal Tattooing After Complicated Peripheral Iridotomies An Alternative to Expensive Salts

Gupta, Deepak MRCOphth; Broadway, David MD, FRCOphth

doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e3181ca771e
Case Report

Corneal staining (tattooing) has been advocated in the management of patients with corneal leucomata, iris malformations or following iridotomies. Functional visual benefits can result from the reduction of aberrant light directed through iris defects that may cause glare and light scatter, in addition to cosmetic improvements for those with opacification. Inks, classified as stationery or cosmetic products, offer an economic alternative to currently available classical corneal staining agents (metallic salts). Furthermore, they may be used to good clinical effect with an intrastromal lamellar pocket technique.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk, Norwich, United Kingdom

Financial Disclosures: None to disclose.

Reprints: Deepak Gupta, MRCOphth, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk, Norwich, Nr4 7uu, United Kingdom (e-mail:

Received July 2, 2009

Accepted October 18, 2009

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.