Eyelash Extensions: a Danger to Your Eyes?
Who does not dream of having beautiful voluminous eyelashes? Eyelash extensions are gaining popularity, but are they really safe for the health of your eyes? It is normal that many people covet this new trend for its practical side. Applying eyelash extensions may, in fact, seem more functional than the use of traditional makeup.
However, it is important to remember that, like all parts of the body, eyelashes have a role to play. Hairs at the ends of our eyelids act as a protective barrier to prevent sweat and foreign bodies from coming into contact with the eye.
Although there are currently no regulations in Canada to determine who is entitled to apply eyelash extensions and which products should be used, it is important to inform yourself before making any decision. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends to:
- Check the technician's certification and make sure she is experienced;
- Ensure that the pose is done in a sanitary and reputable facility;
- Ensure that the technician is washing hands well and that the instruments have been properly disinfected;
- Check the ingredients of the adhesive before use.
Issues related to these extensions can range from mild inflammation to permanent vision loss.
The possible risks of eyelash extensions
The procedure itself is risky, hence the importance of choosing an experienced aesthetician. When laying, the environment and the instruments used must be sanitary to avoid possible infection. It should not be forgotten that sharp objects will be used very close to the eye to perform the pose. Infections can also come from an eye injury during the visit.
In addition to possible infections, eyelash extensions carry risks of allergic reactions. These can be the result of allergens contained in the glue used to put the fake eyelashes. It is therefore recommended to use hypoallergenic products. Allergic reactions can trigger pain, irritation, redness and inflammation. In addition, damage to the lachrymal gland and Meibomian glands around the eyes can reduce the amount of tears produced and thus cause dry eye.
Pulling and scrubbing eyelashes are also unsuitable practices that can cause irreversible damage to eyelash follicles.
Our advice would be to simply avoid eyelash extensions and opt for a less risky solution such as the use of mascara. However, we know that many people will continue to opt for this new trend. If you still want to go ahead with fake eyelashes, do not forget to inform yourself about the expertise and reputation of the chosen aesthetic center and the products used.
If you suffer from a complication due to eyelash extensions, do not try to treat yourself. Instead, contact your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
New Clinic in Vaudreuil-Dorion Our New Clinic in Vaudreuil-Dorion is Now Open! It is with great pleasure that we present you our new clinic in Vaudreuil-Dorion! In may, our patients will be able to take advantage of all the high quality ophthalmic services offered by the Bellevue clinics, in a brand new state-of-the-art clinic. We…READ MORE
LipiFlow®️ Treatment: An Efficient Solution for Dry Eyes Dry eye is one of those eye conditions that can become serious irritants. In some people, this condition can even interfere with the execution of normal daily tasks. Thus, patients with dry eyes are often looking for a treatment to get over it quickly. LipiFlow®️ and the…READ MORE
Phacorefractive Surgery: A Flexible Solution Phacorefractive surgery is part of the family of so-called “refractive” operations, meaning that they are used to correct a patient’s vision and allow him to be more independent of his glasses or contact lenses. Phacorefractive surgery is generally used to treat cases of presbyopia, an age-related pathology defined by the…READ MORE
Rigorous New Sanitary Measures in Our Clinics Since the beginning of the crisis, our clinics have quickly been adapted to ensure the safety of all our patients. We are closely monitoring the situation and always follow the advice of the Government of Quebec and public health agencies. Among the new measures implemented: Use of visor…READ MORE