There are various lash enhancement options that are available on the market. One such option is eyelash extensions. However, this may not be the safest way to enhance your eyelashes. If you are considering this method of lash enhancement, you should be fully aware of the danger to your eye health.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Eyes?

When applied by an experienced technician using the proper materials, lash extensions can be safe. However, you do need to take precautions to reduce the risk of complications by:

  • Only having the procedure done in a reputable salon by an experienced aesthetician in a sanitary setting
  • Making sure that the adhesive and extensions are sterile and approved for use near the eyes
  • Asking to see the bottle of adhesive to confirm that it hasn’t expired and to examine its ingredient list for allergens
  • Requesting that a spot test of the glue is done on the inside of your wrist before the procedure

Possible Complications from Eyelash Extensions

Before having eyelash extensions, you should be aware of possible complications and watch for them to protect your eye health. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises that this procedure could potentially cause allergic reactions, permanent damage to eyelash follicles, and eyelid trauma.

The most common reactions associated with extensions include:

  • Infections
  • Dry eyes
  • Styes

If you do experience an allergic reaction to the glue or extensions, do not attempt to remove them yourself. You can prevent additional damage or infection by seeing your eye doctor immediately. Contact Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care professionals.