Wanting eyelashes like famous Hollywood actresses is nothing new and now it seems like you can get them easier than you ever could before. Doing so could put your eyes in danger though and it’s reported more now than ever of women who try the extensions are suffering the consequences. The adhesive that makes your normal eyelashes even longer has been known to cause redness and irritation to the eye. In few instances the glue has actually gotten attached to the cornea causing permanent damage.
Not all eyelash extensions are dangerous though. In 2012, Dr. Sylvia Hargrave, the Chief of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Trauma at Methodist Dallas Medical Center explained to KHOU News that the procedure can be done safely. In the state of Texas, where Dr. Hargrave works, individuals who apply eyelash extensions must be certified in the procedure. Shari Harrold of the Lash Lounge in Dallas, explains that many of the clients who come in for eyelash extensions probably don’t know that everyone at the Lash Lounge is certified in the procedure. Harrold recommends that regardless of what state your in or where you’re going to get the procedure done, ask to see the license or certification to make sure that your eyes and eyelashes are in good hands.
Dr. Hargrave has seen the patients who aren’t checking for that license and many of them have had problems with the adhesive. Many people “can be allergic to the glue that is used to adhere the extensions to the lashes,” says Hargrave. In some cases the glue has been known to fall off of the eyelashes and get lodged in the eye. Such an instance could cause corneal abrasions or worse. Some people allergic to the glue have also experienced a foreign body sensation.
Eyelash extensions can cost anywhere from $200-300, according to KHOU. After the initial procedure, if clients want to keep their long lashes, it’s around $50-75 every month to keep them in shape.
The reason more bad procedures have happened is more clear after seeing the numbers. With the procedure costing as much as it does, many people have seen it as an opportunity to make money. This results in unqualified people doing the procedure.
Karena Branham wanted long lashes in 2012 and after having the procedure done she immediately experienced redness and sore eyes. She saw Dr. Hargrave and found that the glue was the reason for her discomfort. She had to have her eyelashes removed and was prescribed eye drops to help her eyes turn around. In the end she decided long lashes just weren’t worth the trouble or the risk.
If you are looking to get eyelash extensions in the future, make sure you get them completed by a certified individual. To see Dr. Hargrave in the full interview, check out this video below!