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Glue in Eyelash Extensions Can Cause Serious Side Effects

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Replace your mascara every three months. Never share mascara or add water to it, and stop using eye makeup totally if you notice signs of infection or irritation.

Remember, you only have two eyes. You don’t want to take any risk that could damage either of them. See an eye care professional right away if you notice any signs of irritation that do not quickly resolve, infection symptoms, eye pain or vision difficulties .


Eyelash extensions can pose health risks. The popular trend can cause allergic reactions, infections, and more. Consumer Reports.org. Retrieved May 28, 2013.


Eyelash Extension Adhesives May Cause Bad Reactions. Infections and allergies from cosmetic procedure can damage eyes or cause swelling, loss of eyelashes. Healthday.com. May 28, 2013.

Use Eye Cosmetics Safely. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA.gov. Retrieved May 28, 2013.

Ingredients in Eyelash Adhesive and Eyelash Glue. Technology and Gadgets online. Retrieved May 28, 2013.

Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles

Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

I have been getting eyelash extensions for 1 1/2 yrs and noticed withing the last couple of months, my eyes are swollen and irratated.

Do I go to a dermatologist or ophthalmogist???

October 8, 2015 - 8:29am
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon,

If your vision is okay and the irritation seems to be coming more from your eyelids rather than inside your eyes, I would start with the Dermatologist.  Ask the Dermatologist if he/she thinks you should also see a Ophthalmologist after they have had a chance to take a look at your eyes.   

Obviously, stop wearing the extensions. 

Let us know what you found out.

take care,


October 8, 2015 - 9:37am
EmpowHER Guest

I have been wearing false eyelashes every day for 8 years as an enhancement to my look. In the last couple of months I have noticed irritation and a lump behind one of my eyelids. Needless to say I would much rather have my sight than long lashes any-day!

April 9, 2015 - 3:50pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Anon, do go see an optometrist or opthamalogist and have them take a look.  It could be a minor problem that can be resolved quickly.  You are exactly right, do not take chances with your eyesight.

take care,


April 9, 2015 - 6:54pm
EmpowHER Guest

thank you for the great help on eyelash extensions. I did have some problems in the past and I won't be using them again. thanks

March 8, 2015 - 4:37pm
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