In another report published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO), the dangers of long fluttery cosmetic eyelash extensions have been highlighted.
The AAO has warned that synthetic eyelash extensions, and the adhesive used to glue them to natural eyelashes one by one, can cause infections of the cornea and eyelid, permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes, and eyelid swelling. Additionally, the organisation cites a recent Consumer Reports magazine article that describes patients who suffered allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives used in the extensions.
Because false lashes can trap bacteria and cause eye irritation, the AAO warns that removing them also puts women at risk for thinning or loss of their natural lashes.
The AAO offered three tips to follow for those considering eyelash extensions:
- Be sure that the beauty therapists are certified and working at a reputable establishment
- Check that the beauty therapist practises adequate hand washing and proper hygiene
- Check the eyelash adhesive ingredients before use.
Anyone who develops an infection, allergic reaction or other irritation after using eyelash extensions or other eye products should immediately visit an eye care professional, the AAO noted. The Association for Damage-Free Eyelash Extension (yes there is one, but only in America) reportedly issued a statement of its own, noting that hypoallergenic eyelash adhesive or those not containing formaldehyde are completely safe for use in extensions.