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Eyelash extensions can be dangerous

Next to cosmetic contact lenses, eyelash extensions cause ophthalmologists the most worry.

 

Do any of your clients use eyelash extensions? If they do, they are at risk of developing grave side effects. The American Acadamy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recently issued a warning about the risks, particularly the following:

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

 

Earlier in the year, an article published in Consumer Reports discussed such issues. It reported that several patients had experienced infections and allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives used in eyelash extensions.

 

The AAO also offered some advice, which eyecare professionals could pass on to any clients who use these products:

  • 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.

 

This advice could prevent some of your patients from taking the old adage to the extreme: “No pain, no gain!”

Source: http://www.aao.org/newsroom/release/20130508b.cfm

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/05/eyelash-extensions-can-pose-health-risks/index.htm

 

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