Austin, TX eye doctors are often asked by patients if false eyelashes are safe to use. Wearing false eyelashes is extremely popular in Austin and all over Texas and beyond. And, with the wide range of false eyelash styles and types to choose from, they offer a versatile and stylish way of making up the eyes without the use of mascara. But are they safe for the eyes?

The Hazards of False Eyelashes

Anything that comes so near the eyes can be hazardous, including eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Even eye creams that purportedly reduce the appearance of fine lines can be hazardous. For that reason, there is a potential danger with false eyelashes.

Potential hazards with false eyelashes include:

  • allergic reaction
  • eye infection
  • eye injury
  • temporary or permanent damage to natural lashes

These hazards are related to certain things about putting on, wearing, and removing false eyelashes. For instance, you could accidentally get eyelash glue in the eyes. Eyelash glue often contains formaldehyde, a harsh chemical. Your eye might react suddenly to the materials used to make the eyelashes, resulting in redness, swelling, and watering of the eyes. A stray lash could get in the eye and make its way behind the eyeball. Stray bits of lash embellishments like glitter could get in the eye.

Handle With Proper Care

For all the dangers of false eyelashes, plenty of people manage to wear them without incident. If you want to wear them, your Austin eye doctor would like to see you be able to wear false eyelashes with safety and comfort. Here are some safe handling tips:

  • Never share false eyelashes with others
  • Always wash hands thoroughly before applying them
  • Opt for lashes without formaldehyde
  • Avoid glitter lashes
  • Store in a protective case when not in use

If you have had issues with false eyelashes, consider switching back to mascara. If you have a specific false eyelash problem now, please contact us right away for assistance.