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Eyelash extensions pose hazard to the eyes

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Consumers looking to enhance their eyes with eyelash extensions should be aware of the risks of using these cosmetic accessories. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has issued recommendations as well as warnings in regards to eyelash extensions. When considering eyelash extensions, consumers should confirm that the aesthetician is certified and working in a reputable salon. The aesthetician should also practice appropriate hand washing and proper hygiene. These safety practices can lessen the chance of infection. Many consumers have allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives that are associated with eyelash extensions. In addition, the adhesives can cause an infection of the cornea or eyelid as well as swelling of the eyelid and either a permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes. People experiencing any symptoms after having eyelash extensions applied should seek medical attention immediately.*

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