Nature has designed us for efficiency and effectiveness. We have body hair to keep us warm, nose hair to filter out debris and eye lashes for protection. The lashes have become more then just feelers and filters for many folks. There are those that apply false mink fur eyelashes, some use mascara and others make up to extend and fill them out.Sioia
Recently there is a topical glaucoma medication that has been ‘off-labeled’ approved to enhance eyelash growth and thickness, Latisse. While Latisse can improve the appearance of one’s lashes, a change in their growth pattern or in them turning inward can result. Trichiasis is a condition whereby the eyelashes grow inward toward the cornea. When this occurs there is an increased predilection for them to rub against the eye resulting in scratches on the cornea, pain and even scarring if left untreated.
Regardless of how mink fur eyelashes +are managed, occasional discomfort upon blinking is a result of these mink fur eyelashes rubbing against the cornea. Careful examination is required to determine if this is the case. The most often employed treatment is called Epilation. This is simply plucking out the offending lashes so they do not damage the cornea. Frequently, the patient must return every several months for additional Epilation, to eliminate the offending source. In some cases when there are many lashes growing in, a bandage contact lens must be worn in addition to the lash removal.
In short, if you feel a foreign body sensation upon blinking, see your eye doctor because some mink fur eyelashes may have to be epilated.
This article is written by Dr. Jay Stockman, editor of VisionUpdate.net. Dr. Jay Stockman, with his partner Dr. Brian Lewy has co managed a significant amount of refractive surgery patients. Advise, and medical questions can be directed to New York Vision Associates