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Protect Your Eyes by Making Smart Choices with Fake Eyelashes

At the Abrams Eye Institute, our staff often see patients that need our help with issues surrounding their eyes and vision. One eye challenge that has seen an increase in frequency, with visits to our clinics, is infections and other problems that come about from people using artificial or fake eyelashes.

“There is nothing wrong with wanting to add volume and length to your lashes,” said Dr. Jack Abrams, M.D, Las Vegas ophthalmologist. With that said, there are some risks that lash extension customers should most definitely be aware of when considering using them.”

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Abrams Eye Institute helps patients with health issues from fake eyelashes

What Are Artificial or Fake Eyelashes?
Fake eyelashes are small bunches of natural or synthetic hairs glued together to form a more dramatic eyelash look than most people have naturally. These eyelashes can be applied in small sections to mildly enhance the look of eyelashes, or entire piece can be used for a more noticeable effect. While the eyelashes may just seem like harmless style accessories, they often cause infections or allergic reactions for those that use them.

How can Fake Eyelashes Cause Problems?
From patient visits, and research, the Abrams Eye Institute team has see the following problems from patients wearing fake eyelashes:

  • Infections: Bacteria collect under the eyelash glue and on the false eyelash, and it can cause an eye infection. Many people use fake eyelashes and either leave them in too long, or they don’t remove them carefully. Sharing of fake eyelashes, which is incredibly risky for spreading infections, is something that also occurs and results in problems for patients.
  • Damage to Natural Lashes: When fake eyelashes are applied to your natural eyelashes, they may cause damage to parts of your eyes, include oil ducts that keep your eyes moist and clean. In the dry climate we have here in Southern Nevada, you want to give your eyes the best chance of staying healthy, or additional problems can occur. If you do have Dry Eyes, from fake eyelashes, or any other reason, we can help.
  • Allergic Reactions: Putting foreign material in your eye can cause issues for just about everyone, but most particularly for those with allergies. Our bodies react to different chemicals and material differently and you may be extremely allergic to fake eyelashes and not know it until they’re in your eyes and causing pain and infections.

How Do You Know if Fake Eyelashes are Causing Problems?
If you develop any of the following eye symptoms while using your fake eyelashes, then you should consult the team at Abrams Eye Institute immediately: swollen eyes, redness or soreness of the eyes or eyelids, sensitivity to light and eye discharge. If you suffer from eye pain, fevers or blurred vision, see your primary care physician or visit the emergency room immediately.

I Know Fakes Are Bad, But I Really Want Nice Eyelashes
We understand the pressures of wanting to look your best; however, there are safer ways to achieve the lustrous, long eyelashes look you want without exposing your eyes to the risks associated with fake eyelashes. Reputable cosmetic lines such as Covergirl, Maybelline and Almay, among others, have thick lash mascaras that can make your lashes look more voluminous. Another option is an eyelash curler that to help your lashes stand out. These options can work well without causing unnecessary problems for you eyes.

So You Want Eyelashes and Are Determined to Get Them
If you are determined to try out fake eyelashes, then you need to do your homework. If you’re doing them yourself, ask friends who haven’t had issues with lashes how they do it. You can also check sources like YouTube to see experts in the field and get their advice. As much as how they look is important, make sure you always keep your primary focus on how to use them in the most safe and sanitary ways possible.

You may also want to forgo doing them yourself and seek out a professional to do them for you. Other than personal recommendations from friends, reviews and client photos posted on sites like Yelp and Instagram are invaluable for offering insight into both the quality of service and the style of lashes a company provides. A good rule when visiting any new business is to check online reviews. And if you do have any issues involving a eyelash salon, be sure to file a complaint with the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology.

Abrams Eye Institute Can Help
If you do get an infection, or have an issue with your eyes due to wearing fake eyelashes, the team at Abrams Eye Institute is here to help – and without judgment. Just schedule a visit and we’ll do what we can to get your eyes healthy. Call us at 702-304-9494 to see how our award-winning service can help you. Abrams Eye Institute has clinics in Southwest Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions