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October 15, 2017

Eyelashes protect the eyes protection from wind, dust and other debris. For others, eyelashes and enhancing them has become a new trend.  Many consumers are receiving more and more options to enhance their eyelashes that offer thicker, fuller, longer lashes. Options include false eyelashes, eyelash transplants, eyelash extensions and liquids such as Latisse.


All of these options promise to offer consumers an alternate to using mascara, however some don’t realize the dangers of using these products.  It’s strongly recommended that an aesthetician or technician should apply eyelash extensions, as the procedure requires precision when placing individual eyelashes, however, it can still be risky. The glue that is used to bond extensions into place contains chemicals such as formaldehyde, which can cause eye irritation or allergic reactions.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) likewise responded to reports cautioning consumers about the dangers of cosmetic eyelash extensions. AAO cites the following specific dangers of using eyelash extensions:

  • Swollen eyelids
  • Infection of the cornea
  • Infection of the eyelid
  • Temporary or permanent loss of eyelashes 

Additional complications with eyelash extensions may include forceps wounds, reactions to solvents used to remove the extensions, and reactions to the tape that may be used to hold your lids closed during the procedure, however these are less common.


Dr. Stewart Shofner encourages those that desire eyelash enhancements should seek professional salons or facilities and be applied only by skilled and certified technicians. “I do not recommend eyelash extensions for patients that have dry eye, as the extensions may cause the eyes more discomfort,” says Dr. Shofner. It is also important to check the eyelash adhesive ingredients before use to prevent allergic reactions.


Additionally, if you suffer from sore, red eyelids, you could have blepharitis, a common inflammation of the eyelid margin. In some cases, blepharitis also causes loss of eyelashes (madarosis). Contact your local vision center to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any eye problems or concerns. You may also contact Shofner Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam at (615) 340-4733.



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