AAO: Dangers of eyelash extensions

May 15, 2013

Cosmetic eyelash extensions and the adhesives used to apply them to eyelids can present dangers to consumers.

 

San Francisco-Cosmetic eyelash extensions and the adhesives used to apply them to eyelids can present dangers to consumers, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

A 2013 Consumer Reports article discusses several cases in which patients experienced infections and allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives used with eyelash extensions. Some specific dangers of using these extensions include infection of the cornea, infection of the eyelid, swelling of the eyelid, and permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes.

The AAO urges consumers to use caution if considering eyelash extensions.

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