Eyelash extensions can cause serious eye health issues

The beauty industry has a solution to every minor or major problem. For one simple feature of your body, it provides thousands of alternatives. Generally, thick, long and voluminous eyelashes become a treat for the eyes and many methods are introduced to enhance the feature such as mascara, fake eyelashes or curlers.

However, to give it a more natural look, eyelash extensions are introduced in the market, a durable solution to enhance the natural lashes. Eyelash extensions are the strands of lashes that are made up of synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers and applied to the natural lashes with a glue and last from 6 weeks to 3 months at most provided that proper care is taken. These are specifically associated with the shape of your eyes. Although they are mostly not harmful yet with a little mistake they can cause havoc for your eyes’ health.

Health issues

Health issues related to eyelash extensions are not unfounded. In a study conducted in 2012, researchers found that 98 % of women in study experienced dry, itchy eyes, tearing and burning sensations, swollen eyelids and discharge of pus in extreme cases. The problems can be due to number of factors such as


Eyelashes are made up of material such as mink, silk or nylon that can cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin. In addition to that the glue used in the process can irritate and damage the eyes according to the College of Optometrists. Sometimes, allergens take more than 24 hours to show the reactions. Without proper care and testing, the results could be disastrous.

  • Inflammation
    According to medical advisor Dr. Orly Avitzur, the inflammation of inner membrane that cover the eyelids can occur sue to eyelash extensions that is known as conjunctivitis. Rubbing your eyes can cause the fibers accumulate inside the eyes leading to inflammation that may require surgery in extreme conditions.
  • Infections
    It generally occurs from dirty lashes. They’re as oily as our hair. If not washed regularly, eyelashes can also trap pollen, dust or dead skin cells. The lid may become red or swollen. You may have dandruff, a bud as growth on your eyelid.
  • Droopy eyelids
    Over time, extensions can slide your eyelid downwards due to unnatural weight. Further, glue can penetrate your eyes and cause irritation. Though it rarely damage the vision but it can take a considerable time to heal so you have to live with irritation.
  • Hair loss
    Whenever the eyelash extensions are applied, there are chances that they can cause enough tension on the shafts from where the hair are attached to eyelids. This tension could result in hair loss also known as Traction Alopecia.


Experts always recommend that you consult experiences aesthetician for the error-free wok. Before application, make sure that your skin is not sensitive to the ingredients of which the extensions and glue is made up of. Avoid scrubbing and ensure proper cleaning and avoidance of oily products to keep the eyes healthy and secure.