Dangers of false eyelashes

Dangers of false eyelashes

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Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce. These are the names of glamorous celebrities with false lashes. Beautiful and luxurious looking on the outside, but what they don’t know can cause risky infections and allergic reactions! Wearing lashes overnight can cause certain bacteria to collect under the lash and glue, causing contagious infections such as conjunctivitis, Styes and other contaminations. If not properly cared for, extensions have also been known to cause excessive tearing or blurry vision due to scarring of the cornea. There have also been several claims of natural lash length shortening and becoming damaged if not properly cared for.

If you do decide to use extensions, be sure to follow our recommended tips to help care for your lashes:

  • Like any kind of make-up, never share with friends or family.
  • Remove and clean using the correct cleansing substance.
  • Try not to touch your lashes or around your face.
  • Never use mascara overtop of your extensions. If you do not change your make-up within the recommended time frame, it can cause serious infections and/or irritations.
  • Using oil free based products such as make-up remover can help the lashes keep their natural look.
  • Comb them through using a lash brush to maintain the appearance.
  • Do not try to remove the extensions yourself- this can cause damage to your natural lashes and can be painful to remove if not done correctly. Please return to the esthetics technician to have them removed safely and pain free!

If after all this advice you are unlucky enough to have the unpleasant experience of an infection, there are lid and lash treatments to save you! Our Optometrists are skilled and trained to assess and treat reactions that not only affect your eyelids and tear glands, but also the conjunctiva and cornea. Depending on the severity, you may be prescribed home based cleansing and massaging techniques, appropriate selection of moisture drops, and sometimes anti-biotic or anti-inflammatory prescription eye drops. Be sure to see your Optometrist if you are experiencing persistent irritation in any part of your eyes when wearing lash extensions Another less risky alternative to eyelash growth includes Latisse- a medial serum FDA-approved applied to the top lid of your natural lashes to encourage natural growth.

Ask your Optometrist if Latisse is right for you.

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