A cosmetic practice growing in popularity in the United States is the use of eyelash extensions. An ever-increasing number of women and even some men are seeking eyelash extensions as a means of enhancing their appearance. As an experienced eye doctor will advise, the use of eyelash extensions is not without risks, including potential health issues. Today, we will discuss a trio of health issues arising from the use of eyelash extensions:
- Eyelash Lice
- Eye Infection
- Allergic Reaction
Cases of lash extensions resulting in eyelash lice are on the increase. Lash lice are organisms that live on a person’s eyelashes. They are the same parasite that is commonly known as head lice. Lash lice spread easily from one person to another, and they can cause other symptoms that include redness, itchiness, and can even result in an eye infection.
Lash lice are thought to be on the increase among those with eyelash extensions because people who use them tend to deviate from standard eye care practices. For example, many who use extensions don’t wash their lashes for fear the extensions will break off.
As noted a moment ago, lash lice among people with eyelash extensions can lead to an eye infection. Eye infection can occur as a result of lash extensions for a number of other reasons as well.
Eyelash extensions can prove irritating to the eyelid itself. That oftentimes results in a person rubbing the eyelid, a process that can ultimately cause infection. In addition, in some cases, a person with extensions alters a recommended eye care regimen, including regularly washing eyelids and lashes. This can result in the accumulation of bacteria and a resulting eye infection.
Eyelash extensions are made of synthetic substances. In addition, different chemicals are involved in the process of applying and removing lash extensions. Chemicals involved with eyelash extensions include:
- Cellulose gum
- Benzoic acid
These are all substances that have a propensity to cause allergic reactions in some cases. An allergic reaction to lash extensions can not only be highly uncomfortable but can impair a person’s vision as well.
If you believe you have a problem associated with eyelash extensions, you are wise to consult with an experienced, understanding eye doctor. You can schedule an appointment with an eye doctor on the team at Matossian Eye Associates to discuss issues associated with lash extensions or any other eye care matter. Call (800) 708-8800 to schedule an appointment at a time convenient for you, or request an appointment online.