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Question:
How do you treat an eye infection/irritation due to eyelash extensions (glue)?

Answer:
If possible, gently remove as much of the glue and extension as possible. Of course, one does not want to pull out their own eyelashes. An Eye M.D. can recommend an antibiotic or antibiotic/steroid ointment for a patient to apply to their lid margin at night. Within six weeks one’s lashes will shed—as will the glue—and a normal margin will be restored. One should be careful about the chronic application of lash extensions to their lid as their overuse can lead to significant lash loss. It may be safer to use one of the lash enhancers such as Latisse to encourage lash growth, but be sure to talk with an ophthalmologist about risks and benefits of using Latisse.

Answered by: Rona Silkiss, MD Dr. Rona Silkiss

Categories: Eye Conditions

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Answered: Nov 11, 2013

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