Look Good While Being Safe with Your Eyebrows and Eyelashes
Thick lashes and dark eyebrows are in right now, so these two facial features are getting a lot of attention in the fashion department. They also serve a purpose besides helping us express our emotions, while playing an important role in protecting our eyes.
The team at Abrams Eye Institute wants to keep our patients informed about safety guidelines to minimize risks of infection and potential damage to the eyes.
Eyebrows Help Keep Eyes Safe and Clean
The primary biological function of eyebrows is to keep sweat and moisture away from our eyes. The arching shape and the direction of the individual hairs help to direct moisture towards the sides of our faces. Eyebrows also keep most of the liquid away from our eyes, whether it’s raining or we’re sweaty from an intense workout.
Since eyebrows serve as a kind of shield for our eyes, it’s important to be careful about how they are groomed. If eyebrows are plucked too thin or shave them, they can’t do their important jobs. That’s why, as optometrists the team at Abrams Eye Institute are fans of the current thick brows trend — more people are getting the most out of their eyebrows.
The Benefits of Eye Lashes
Just as eyebrows keep the moisture out of the eyes, eyelashes do the even more important job of keeping out airborne debris, including dust, sand, and dirt. They work almost like fences, and when we close our eyes, they form a barrier that contaminants can’t get through. Eyelashes are also highly sensitive and trigger a reflex response. If something touches them, our instinctive reaction is to blink so that the foreign object can’t reach the eye.
While eyebrows hairs take several months to grow out, eyelashes only take a few weeks to grow back. When they fall out or get pulled out, they replace themselves fairly quickly. Some conditions can negatively impact eyelashes, including madarosis (an infection that causes the loss of eyelashes), trichiasis (ingrown eyelashes), and a stye (painful inflammation of eyelash follicles). If these issues occur, and cause pain, schedule an appointment at Abrams right away.
How Can We Help?
Normally eyebrows and eyelashes will stay healthy if left alone (makeup and plucking is okay, but don’t overdo it), but if you have any health concerns regarding your brows or lashes, don’t be afraid to talk to us about these challenges. Dr. Jack Abrams and the team at Abrams Eye Institute would be happy to take a look and make sure they are in good shape to continue protecting your eyes! Abrams Eye Institute can also help you with everything from simple eye exams to eye surgeries such as Laser LASIK. Find out how we can help today by calling 702-304-9494.