Do you dream of long, thick eyelashes? It can be tempting to resort to wearing false eyelashes to get that look. However, what you might not realize is that these beauty aids could put you at a higher risk for eye problems. Here are a few of the dangers you need to consider before choosing to use fake eyelashes.

Risk of Eye Injuries

You could be at a higher risk for a corneal injury if you wear false eyelashes. The lashes can irritate your cornea just like a natural eyelash could. However, these artificial eyelashes also could introduce dried glue into your eye that could scratch your cornea.

Risk of Eye Infections

When you use false eyelashes, you are at a higher risk of eye infections for multiple reasons:

  • Bacteria can collect on the eyelash glue or on the fake eyelashes themselves.
  • Dirt and bacteria can get in your eyes when you reuse or drop your eyelashes on a non-sterile surface before putting them on.
  • You may forget to clean your eyelids after removing the lashes, which could lead to conjunctivitis or styes.

Risk of Allergic Reactions

It is common for false eyelash wearers to experience allergic reactions to the glue that is used to attach the lashes to the eyelids. Often, this glue contains formaldehyde. The fibers used to make the fake lashes can also trigger an allergic reaction, too. In severe cases, such allergic reactions may require a trip to the emergency room to prevent further complications, including permanent damage to your eyes that could cause vision loss.

If you experience pain, discharge, blurred vision, or redness after wearing false eyelashes, you should see your eye doctor immediately. Call Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 to schedule an appointment right away.