The dan­gers of us­ing fake lashes

Daily Trust - - YOUTHVILLE -

Text by Lat­i­fat Opoola @Lat­i­fatOpoola

Your eye is the win­dow to your world and your eye lashes are part of them. Beau­ti­ful eye lashes are catchy and there­fore add to our over­all beauty. Fix­ing of lashes have be­come an in­creas­ing trend for fash­ion-con­scious ladies be­cause it serves as an al­ter­na­tive to ap­ply­ing mas­cara for some but oph­thal­mol­o­gists have cited nu­mer­ous side ef­fects that comes along with wear­ing them.

While the nat­u­ral lashes pre­vent dirt, for­eign bod­ies, bac­te­ria and sweat from en­ter­ing the eyes by trap­ping and keep­ing any for­eign body away from the eyes, these fake lashes on the other hand traps and holds any­thing that comes around it caus­ing ir­ri­ta­tions to the eye lids and the eyes.

Speak­ing to YOUTHVILLE, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and con­sul­tant oph­thal­mol­o­gist of Florida Eye Clinic, Dr Stephen Ume said the eyes are very del­i­cate and must be han­dled with care and hence ac­tiv­i­ties around the eyes must be lim­ited.

The Oph­thal­mol­o­gist said “ac­tiv­i­ties like fix­ing of eye lashes and wear­ing of con­tact lenses are very dan­ger­ous and should be avoided”. The rea­son he gave was be­cause of the pos­si­bil­ity of some­thing go­ing wrong “like the chem­i­cals they use which may be very toxic around the sur­face of the eyes”.

He added that wear­ing of con­tact lenses for van­ity ei­ther to make their eyes brown or green is also not ad­vis­able be­cause it is one of the most com­mon causes of in­fec­tions to the eyes.

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