They’re fun, flirty, and most importantly, cut down a lot of time putting mascara on in the morning. So, it’s no surprise eyelash extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years. While many rave about the results of long luscious lashes, there have also been a number of horror stories too. If you’re thinking about getting eyelash extensions, you might be wondering, “can they harm my eyes?”
Arian Fartash, OD, aka ‘The Glam Optometrist,’ can definitely get behind a trend that results in looking and feeling oh so glamorous from the moment you wake up. But she warns, if you don’t take care of them properly, things can get bad—fast.
What are eyelash extensions?
Eyelash extensions are individual fibers that are glued one by one, or in small groups, onto your natural eyelashes. They come in various materials like nylon, silk, or mink. The lashes are applied using a semi-permanent glue. The glue is specially formulated to not irritate the eye nor damage the lash, however, allergic reactions are possible because people can have different sensitivities to the glue.
What can happen to my eyes?
According to Dr. Fartash, a number of things could happen if you’re not careful with your eyelash extensions.
- Allergic reaction to the glue
- Infection of the cornea
- Scratch of the cornea
- Infection of the eyelid
- Swollen eyelids
Watch Dr. Fartash’s three steps to make sure you can enjoy your eyelash extensions without harming your beautiful eyes.
If you do experience any problems with eyelash extensions, you should see your local optometrist. Use our Find a Doctor tool for a quick and easy way to locate your nearest VSP network provider.
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