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May 8, 2013

American Academy of Ophthalmology Warns Consumers about the Dangers of Eyelash Extensions

The American Academy of Ophthalmology cautions consumers about the dangers of cosmetic eyelash extensions and the adhesives used to apply them to eyelids. Specific dangers of using these extensions include:

  • Infection of the cornea;
  • Infection of the eyelid;
  • Swelling of the eyelid; and
  • Permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes.

A 2013 article published in Consumer Reports titled, "Eyelash extensions can pose health risks," discusses several cases in which patients experienced infections and allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives used with eyelash extensions.

Given the risks, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urges consumers to use caution if considering eyelash extensions. For consumers who choose to use eyelash extensions, the Academy offers the following advice:

  • Ensure that the aesthetician is certified and working at a reputable establishment.
  • Check that the aesthetician practices adequate hand washing and proper hygiene.
  • Check the eyelash adhesive ingredients before use.

Anyone who experiences an infection, allergic reaction or other irritation from using eyelash extensions or other eye products should immediately see an ophthalmologist – a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions.

More information about cosmetics eye safety and hygiene is available on EyeSmart.

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