Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Sen. Cliff Branan
The “Eyes” Have it; Senate Approves Scleral
The full Senate has given unanimous approval to
a bill that would ban a dangerous new fad—eyeball tattooing.
Cliff Branan is the author of Senate Bill 844, which prohibits
“Scleral tattooing involves using a needle
to inject colored ink into the whites of an individual’s
eyes. The problem is it can cause infection, scarring and hemorrhaging
and can even lead to blindness,” explained Branan, R-Oklahoma
City. “My legislation would ban this practice in Oklahoma.”
Branan said the situation was brought to his attention
by ophthalmologists concerned about the trend and the permanent
damage that can result from this procedure.
“This is simply too great a risk to public
health. We want to make sure our laws are up-to-date and can address
this practice before someone loses their vision over this fad,”
Senate Bill 844 will next be considered by a House
committee for approval.
For more information contact:
Sen. Branan's Office: 405-521-5543