right eye with eyelash extensions

Lash Beware!

Eyelash extensions have surged in popularity worldwide thanks to the Kardashians and other celebrities whose eyelashes seem to have taken on mammoth proportions.

lady's left eye with lash extension

 Although this cosmetic procedure may be considered non-invasive, it is not without risk to your eye health.

Eyelash extensions differ from the traditional strip of false eyelashes. Lash fibres are glued individually or in groups onto natural eyelashes to increase length and volume. These fibres are usually made from a synthetic material such as nylon and are adhered to the natural lashes using a professional glue.


Optometry Australia has issued a warning about eyelash extensions and has signalled potential complications from the procedure which may include:

  • Allergic reactions caused by the products and glue used
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Infections of the cornea and eyelid
  • Permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes often as a result of the frequency of eyelash extension procedures

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to be aware of the risks. At Outlook Eye Centre, we suggest that before you embark on eyelash extensions, always do a bit of homework. Firstly, ask if the therapist you are seeing is trained in applying eyelash extensions. You may also ask questions about the products they use such as fibres and glues (which must not contain formaldehyde) and importantly, their hygiene standards to avoid eye infections. Should you experience any eye discomfort following eyelash extensions, please see us immediately for assessment and advice.