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Optometrists Advise Women Against Indiscriminate Use of Artificial Eyelashes



????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????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 can occur.

“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,” Ajayi said.

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 glands itself.

“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 natural lashes.”

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.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Ammagh

    January 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm


  2. Mbanunu

    January 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Abeg,they should ‘continu’ cos thatz what helps me to cool off from naija heat.the longer it is,the more functional it serves as hand fan .

  3. Dr. N

    January 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I guess 2 much knowledge is bad. I almost breakout in sweat at d thought of d glue getting into my eyes. On Christmas eve, I was in d local mkt at abt 8pm. Lo n behold, someone was glueing lashes on a hapless customer in a dark corner. The light source? Light from a phone held in her mouth. I had to restrain myself from pulling that girl out of d chair! Haba!

    • ATL's finest

      January 2, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Omg!!! That’s so Ridic because I will be running away like a crazy woman from that chair.

  4. Tobe

    January 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Yea so.right….even if someone needs to fix let it just be for d occasion and that’s it….to be forewarned is to b forearmed………

  5. deb

    January 2, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I will never forget this incidence in 1 local market in enugu while I was in law sch. Apparently this village girl was getting married the next day and found someone to fix her lashes, the someone(lash fixer) promised to do it well and proceeded in using SUPER GLUE to attach the lashes to the lash line, to cut the long story short, she left the market with a blind eye.

    • Mabel

      January 3, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Please tell me you made this up!

    • Mimi

      January 3, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Oh my days!!!!!! What the hell!! Yepa.

    • Okwi

      January 5, 2015 at 3:53 am

      Chinekeme!!!!!!! U def kidding ryt? All 4 beauty kwa?

  6. TJ Olowo

    January 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm


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