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Fake Eyelashes – Are they safe? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Fake Eyelashes – Are they safe?
Suchi Matalia, OD

False eyelashes are a popular trend for those who want longer, fuller, more prominent lashes. They are easily available at many stores for fairly reasonable pricing, or you can go to a fancy salon and have a professional apply them on you. Some people use them only for special occasions like weddings, but many people tend to use them regularly.
Here are a few things to look out for before applying the lashes –
– If you feel any irritation or discomfort once the lashes are on, remove the lashes immediately. If the irritation persists, see an eye doctor for an evaluation. The extensions can trap dirt and bacteria, leading to infections.
– Check the ingredients of the glue. Formaldehyde, a common component in glue can cause severe allergic reactions.
– Don’t share! Germs can easily pass when sharing false lashes (or any eye makeup). Someone else’s germs may react differently on you and cause an infection. Also, do not re-use lashes, as bacteria or fungi may have grown on the lashes over time.
– Follow instructions of proper lashes removal. Roughly pulling the lashes can result in losing your own lashes.
Best way to avoid any false eyelash complications is by not using them and using mascara instead. There’s a large assortment of mascara that can enhance your lashes in different ways. But remember to always replace your mascara every 3 months to avoid any infections or complications!

Dr. Suchi Matalia

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