Beauty Regimens and Eye Injuries

Marcus eyesWe have all seen these individuals as they walk through the mall or eat in a restaurant.  They have what many call “Bambi eyes”, framed by perfect, long eyelashes. This is a common way a lot of women strive to make themselves feel and look beautiful. But batting beautiful eye lashes should not come at the safety of the human eye. It is not unknown for ophthalmologists to see injuries in women searching for perfect lashes using the following techniques:

Separating lashes with a needle – As one beauty website puts it, “The ideal tool for separating eyelashes is a needle. It takes a little longer than with a comb, but the effect is immaculate.”

Park Ophthalmologist Dr. Beth Friedman says women should never use needles, toothpicks or any other sharp object to separate eyelashes. “It just takes one quick bump of the elbow to cause a lifetime of eye problems or even blindness,” she states.

This type of injury is not a minor one. Piercing the eye with a needle can cause corneal abrasions, lacerations or worse, deep puncture wounds. Any of these wounds can cause permanent or temporary blindness, sensitivity to light and problems seeing motion. Anyone with this type of injury should see us at Park Ophthalmology as soon as possible.

Eyelash extensions These may be popular with women who have thin, pale lashes, but the American Academy of Ophthalmology has warned consumers that eyelash extensions can cause many problems including:

  • Infections of the cornea and eyelid
  • Contact dermatitis from an allergic reaction to the glue
  • Swelling of the eyelid
  • Permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes

These problems can often threaten vision. It is important to remember that eyelashes protect the eye from dirt and debris. If damaged permanently, it can place eyes at risk for an entire lifetime. Women who feel the benefits outweigh the risks should ensure that the aesthetician is certified and working at a reputable establishment. Ask about the eyelash adhesive ingredients.

Eyelash curlers – While not inherently as dangerous as needles, girls and women have managed to pull out their eyelashes by accident. In some cases, the lashes do not grow back.

Achieving the perfect eye lashes will not feel so rewarding if the results are dangerous. Remember that sight truly is more important than getting celebrity eyelashes.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about eye injuries caused by beauty regimens is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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