Eyelash extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness, and thickness of the natural eyelashes. The extensions are made from several materials which include mink, synthetic, or horse hair. The major aim of wearing artificial eyelash is to give the eye a more dramatic look, help the eyes stand out and prevent the eyelashes from sticking together.

Wearing of artificial lash is a popular fashion trend not new in the society and has been in existence for years; so it is rather surprising that a Nigerian Medical practitioner recently discovered the adverse effect of wearing one. Dr Ayopo Adeyemi a doctor at Mushin General Hospital revealed this while speaking to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on May 27, 2018):

The use of harmful chemicals on the eyelashes can cause them to fall out quicker than they naturally would and it is also dangerous when tools to be used come in close proximity to the eye. Artificial eyelashes can cause trauma to the eye either through the glue and other materials used or unprofessional operators; there could be introduction of microbes into the eye causing conjunctivitis of all types. The lashes themselves can cause allergic conjunctivitis trapping and retaining dirt around the eye. She said

She further stated that the natural eyelash had its own natural way of preventing dirt, sweat, bacteria and other foreign materials from entering into the eyes by trapping and keeping out anything that comes near them and also advised ladies to minimise the rate at which they fix false eyelashes if they must retain healthy natural ones.


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