Risks of Eyelash Extensions and False Eyelashes – Do You Know What To Do?

Eyelash extensions are great, right? False eyelashes are pretty good too, opening up the eye and giving that I’m-ready-for-my close-up look. Eyelash extensions go even further, turning the user into the owner of a pair of luscious, mysterious eyes.

Extensions and false eyelashes are a great, time-saving resource. They can give you that polished, luxe look even when you don’t have time for a full make-up. You can get ready for a special event in no time!

But like everything in life, there’s a downside. There are risks – sometimes, serious risks – associated with both false eyelashes and eyelash extensions.

Being rigorous in your selection of the product itself and the technicians who will handle them is key. Sparkling cleanness, training, and good references should be non-negotiable.

Main Problems of False Eyelashes

Sometimes even with these precautions, problems may arise. The most common immediate complications from artificial eyelashes are:

Allergic reactions, or Allergic blepharitis: inflammation of the eyelids as a reacting to the glue, especially when formaldehyde is present. The eyelid fixing tape used during the procedure can also trigger a serious allergic reaction, and some users have allergic reactions to the lashes themselves.

Damages to the cornea: infection or inflammation of the eye (keratoconjunctivitis) or conjunctival erosion – scratches and lesions to the eye’s cornea and conjunctiva – caused by the application or removal process. Foreign objects in the eye are also common with both false eyelashes and eyelash extensions. 

Besides these risks, the extended use of false eyelashes, both temporary and extensions, can lead to a serious, irreversible condition: traction alopecia or eyelid baldness. Traumatized by the weight of the artificial lashes or the constant application and removal of them, natural lashes fall out.

In some cases, eyelashes may not regrow at all. In a recent study, the College of Optometrists in England has warned that “repeated use of eyelash extensions can cause traction alopecia, a condition where the hair falls out due to excessive tension placed on the hair shaft. As a result, this can damage the hair follicle, which can slow down and even cease production of hair.”

What can you do? 

In my practice here at Ooh LaLa Optometry, I’ve seen patients with most of these conditions – foreign objects in the eye, bacterial infections and allergic reactions -caused by artificial eyelashes. My recommendation is to go for eyelash extensions occasionally, for special events, for instance.

Whatever your choice, know that Ooh LaLa Optometry is here to assist you in case your extensions or false eyelashes give you any concerns. 

If you suspect that any of these issues are causing you discomfort, book an appointment immediately for a quick diagnosis and treatment.

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