“In September I was forced to go to hospital in Miami where the doctors said they had to remove the implants to save my sight because of chronic inflammation,” she said. “In November I had emergency glaucoma surgery in both eyes. My vision damage is permanent, and I still have to have a cornea transplant and I have cataracts too.”
Dr. Ranya Habash, assistant professor of ophthalmology in Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, said procedures like the one Bruna opted for cause “irreparable” damage to the eyes.
“The issue with injecting a silicone plate into the eye is that it clogs the drain of the eye, just like as if a sink was blocked,” Habash said. “The pressure builds and builds inside the eye, causing inflammation and damaging the structures. There’s a reason these procedures are not FDA approved and that’s because we’ve seen the long-term and irreparable damage they can cause.”
“Nadinne’s eye problems are something she will have to deal with for the rest of her life. She’s never going to be done with it,” she said.
Nadinne said the surgery impacted her career as she was unable to participate in photo shoots for her Instagram page, because of the appearance of her eyes.
The model said she slipped into a deep depression throughout the past two years but said she was lucky to have the support of her sister.
“My sister became like my mom. She had to do everything for me,” she said. “I make most of my money through my Instagram account and I couldn’t do photo shoots, not while my eyes were red. I’ve been living on my savings.
After this surgery I went into a deep depression. I’m a very strong person, usually very brave and very smart, but with this I was completely stupid. I trusted the wrong person.”
“Now I have the vision of a 90-year-old lady right but I’m hoping I can just keep my glaucoma under control,” she said.
Dr Eugenio Carbera who carried out Nadinne’s initial surgery said he could not comment on individual cases but said he was unaware of any reparative surgeries undertaken by Nadinne.
“Mrs. Bruna was our patient. However, I do not know any type of treatments that have been carried out on later dates and the results or diagnoses of them,” he said.
“I cannot comment and/or disclose information about patients’ cases or medical records.”
Nadinne has not taken legal action against Carbera’s practice as she said she isn’t in the financial position to do so.
The model has taken to Instagram to warn her followers about the risks involved in the procedure, but said her experience won’t stop her going under the knife in the future.
“It’s crazy, because even though I’ve been open about this surgery on Instagram, people are still asking me where they can do it,” she said. “But I don’t think surgeries are bad. I just didn’t know the risks and I made a mistake by not doing my research. Next month I’m going to have a surgery to reduce my boobs because I’ve lost a lot of weight this year and it’s something I have to do.”