Some optometrists have advised women
against indiscriminate use of artificial
eyelashes during the festive period to avoid
damage to the cornea.
The optometrists, in separate interviews with
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos,
also advised women to patronize experts, if
they must wear the lashes.
NAN reports that the use of eye lashes has
taken root in the Nigerian fashion scene,
especially during festive periods.
A Consultant Optometrist, Eniola Ajayi, said:
“If one must wear eye lashes, you have to
follow the laid down procedures as approved
by professional anesthesiologists”.
Ajayi said that the laceration of the cornea
could cause a scar and in turn impair vision.
“The issues lie with the technical fixing of the
lashes, which can affect the front cover of the
eye, the cornea.
“It is a transparent tissue and if anything
causes it to lacerate, that is, cut or bruise, and
it fails to heal well, it will cause a scar which
will affect vision in terms of clarity.
“If in the process of fixing the lashes, proper
hygienic measures are not taken, infections
“The physical attributes of the lash, if not
properly fixed, that is, if it is not correctly
turned up, can begin to abrade the eye
causing an erosion of the cornea over time,”
Another consultant optometrist, Susu Enang,
expressed concern over the use of super glue
to stick the lashes.
“Although, I don’t have the authority to say
people should not use these artificial lashes, I
advocate sticking it with the natural ones.
“People come to my clinic with complaints
associated with injuries sustained from the
use of artificial lashes.
“I have a patient whose cornea suffered burns
when super glue accidentally got into her eye.
“When these artificial lashes are fixed by a
non professional, it can turn inward and
abrade the cornea.
“Also, when glue is applied on the eye lid
margin, it blocks the sebaceous glands that
secrete oil to moisturise the eye.
“It consequently denies the eye of the
antibiotic properties it provides, resulting in
infection of the eyelid and the sebaceous
“Interestingly, artificial lashes create room for
infections because people who wear these
lashes do not wash their eyes well, and also
when the lashes fall out, dust and bacteria
will accumulate around the eyes,” Enang said.
Speaking on the issue, Sandra Aigbe, said that
glue contains chemicals like formaldehyde,
which could have adverse effect on the eyes.
“Glue can cause allergic reactions causing
stinging, burning, swelling and rashes.
“The use of super glue is just wrong, It can
also result in temporary and permanent loss of
She further advised women to be wary of using
artificial lashes if there was any form of
discomfort in the eye.
“Avoid fixing lashes if you have any eye
infection or disease,” she said.
Source : peacefm