For those who aren't born with long, fluttery eyelashes, cosmetic extensions
can help achieve that often sought-after look. But eye experts warn that the
adhesives used to apply these eyelash extensions can cause allergies and
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.
The academy said that a recent Consumer Reports article details the
cases of several patients who suffered infections and allergic reactions to
formaldehyde-based adhesives used with eyelash extensions.
The AAO said consumers should use caution if they're considering eyelash
extensions and offered the following advice:
- Only go to an aesthetician who is certified and working at a reputable
- Ensure that adequate hand washing and proper hygiene is practiced by the
- Ask about the eyelash adhesive ingredients before getting the extensions
People who develop an infection, allergic reaction or other irritation after
using eyelash extensions or other eye products should immediately seek medical
attention from an ophthalmologist - a doctor who specialises in the treatment of
eye conditions, the experts noted in an AAO news release.
The US Food and Drug Administration offers tips for the safe
use of eye cosmetics.