False Eyelashes and Extensions have Serious Side Effects

Women all over the country strive for fuller, thicker, and longer lashes.  The quest to draw more attention to the eyes by using glued on, false eyelashes has some serious side effects women should be aware of.

Allergic Reactions

Consumerreports.org recently reported that both the glue, and the solvents used to remove them can cause allergic reactions which could lead to infections

Eyelash extensions also use glue by placing a single synthetic fiber on the eye lid on-by-one.  Most glue used has a formaldehyde-base, and may also have rubber latex in the ingredients.  Allergies can easily occur when you make contact with these products.

Loss of Natural Eyelashes

You might not be doing yourself a favor every time you remove the false eyelashes, natural eyelash hair loss can occur, thus decreasing the amount of natural eyelashes you have available, and thinning them out.

Access traction anywhere near your natural eyelashes can cause damage to the hair follicles and stop your natural eyelashes from growing back, the term for this is (traction alopecia).


False eyelashes can trap dirt, and dust causing your eyes to be more susceptible to irritation and a bacterial infection.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) warns that among the potential dangers associated with cosmetic eyelash extensions and the adhesives used to apply them are infections of the cornea and eyelid, permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes, and eyelid swelling.

While all these side effects are something to think about, if you still decide you want longer, thicker eyelashes, rely on alternative methods that help promote the growth of your own natural lashes such as LATISSE® as an option.

There are also various mascara products that give the effect of longer, fuller lashes, and they are quite safe.

If you still prefer to use the glued on option, choose the right product for your eyes, only rely on certified aestheticians to get extensions, ask about the ingredients in the glue, and always make sure good hygiene is followed by yourself or the person providing the service.

Hand washing is crucial before any hands get close to the eyes.

At our Orange County Lasik Center, Dr. Chebil is a respected and sought after Lasik surgeon because she promotes prevention by sharing important safety, and educational information to help them avoid long term eye problems.