Balancing beauty and eye health with eyelash extensions: Expert advice from your eye doctor


Eyelash extensions have swiftly risen to fame for their ability to transform the look of your eyes, adding allure and charm with longer, fuller lashes. As this beauty trend continues to capture the hearts of many, it’s crucial to recognize the potential risks they pose to your precious eye health. In this article, we explore these risks and provide essential tips to help you enjoy the beauty of eyelash extensions safely.

Risks to eye health:

1. Allergic Reactions:

Eyelash extensions can trigger an allergic reaction due to the adhesive used in applying the extensions. These reactions can manifest as redness, swelling, pain and itching in the eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology highlights that several eyelash extension adhesives contain formaldehyde, a known irritant that is potentially damaging to the cornea and eyelids.

2. Infections:

Inadequate cleaning of eyelash extensions can lead to an infestation of eyelash mites (demodex) at the base of the eyelashes, a condition known as blepharitis, which can result in eye infections, styes, loss of lashes, redness, pain, and dry eyes.

3. Damage to Natural Eyelashes:

The added weight of eyelash extensions places stress on your natural lashes, causing them to weaken and break. Frequent infections at the eyelid margins or over wear of eyelash extensions can also contribute to the loss of your natural lashes.

If you observe any of these signs, it’s essential to cease using eyelash extensions and promptly consult your eye doctor for evaluation.

Recommendations to Reduce Risk:

1. Choose a Reputable Technician:

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, thorough research is crucial. Ensure the technician you choose is certified, experienced, and strictly follows health and safety protocols.

2. Prioritize Hygiene and Maintenance:

Maintaining clean eyelashes is vital when you opt for eyelash extensions. Use eyesafe cleaning products recommended by your eye doctor to keep your eyelashes clean and help prevent eyelash mite infestations and styes.

3. Reduce the Frequency of Eyelash Extensions:

Everything in moderation. Consider reducing eyelash extension frequency and give your eyes a break. Alternatively, consider false eyelashes. They offer the same charm and can be easily applied and removed at your convenience, promoting better eyelid hygiene.

Putting it all together

While eyelash extensions can enhance your beauty, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks they may pose to your eye health. By understanding these risks and following the recommendations provided, you can indulge in the allure of eyelash extensions while minimizing the chances of adverse effects. Should you experience any discomfort or allergic reactions, it’s always best to consult with your optometrist for expert guidance and care. Beauty and safety can coexist, ensuring your eye’s remain as captivating as ever.

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Dr. Mahnia Madan, OD, FAAO

Dry Eye Disease Management | Residency Trained

President | BC Doctors of Optometry



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