The Risks of Wearing False Eyelashes

You may use them to capture attention from across the room, but did you know that fake eyelashes can wreak havoc in the form of sore eyes, allergic reactions, and in some cases, more serious eye problems. The bottom line? Ditch the fake lashes and heed your eye doctor’s warnings.

In order to understand why they’re a bad idea, you need to understand the purpose of natural lashes. In general, they are designed to reduce airflow into your eyes, keep excess moisture at bay, and filter sunlight. Their curved shape and position are what helps protect your eyes from these external elements.

So, as you can see, eyelashes pack a mean punch in terms of protecting your eyes and ultimately your vision. False eyelashes can put your vision at risk. That’s because anytime you have a foreign object near your eye, there is the potential for something to go wrong. The most common problems associated with wearing fake eyelashes include: eye injuries and infections, allergic reactions, and damage to your natural lashes. In other words, don’t risk your eyesight for the sake of experimentation or vanity.

However, if you must sport this look, try to keep your eyes safe by:

  • Limiting the amount of glue used
  • Avoiding lashes with glitter or jewels
  • Gently removing the lashes
  • Cleaning the eyelid after removing the lashes
  • Avoiding glue with formaldehyde
  • Not sharing your lashes with others

Sometimes things go wrong, despite our best efforts to be prudent with our eye care. In the event you wear false lashes and experience an adverse reaction, be on the lookout for the following symptoms and seek care as soon as possible:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discharge
  • Fever
  • Blurred vision
  • Swelling

Sourced from Midwest Eye Consultants.