After seeing one patient, Dr. Keshini Parbhu has an urgent warning
It’s easy to see why eyelash extensions are considered as some sort of beauty and cosmetic miracle worker
Not only are they a welcome alternative to the effort and time needed to be spent on carefully applying mascara , but there’s no risk of clumps, stubborn dregs which are impossible to wash off and the EXCRUCIATING pain of a mascara wand to the eye.
Eyelash extensions can give you drama if you so desire, or a more natural look. Whatever tickles your lash fancy.
But one surgeon has a warning for fans of lash extentions. A rather grim warning.
Dr. Keshini Parbhu, of the Orlando Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Help Center, has revealed how individually-glued lashes can attract mites, especially if they’ve not been cleaned enough.
Describing her ordeal to Channel 9 in the US, a woman called Ashley explained how it started with her eyes swelling and feeling irritated after several visits to a salon for eyelash extensions.
Wanting to address the problem, she paid a visit to Dr Parbhu, who gave her a rather stomach-churning diagnosis.
Ashley’s lashes were infested with Demodex, which are tiny mites that live in hair.
“They burrow to the base of the lash follicles, and they feed off this material,” Dr. Parbhu said. “Infection can set in if they overpopulate.”
The danger lies with salons who don’t clean their tools properly, or if they don’t thoroughly remove their eye make-up.
Dr Parbhu advises fans of eyelash extensions should use medical-grade cleansers containing tea tree oil.