–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Balogun MABAMIJE/Ughelli:
A consultant Opthalmologist, Dr (Mrs) Onoriode Umolo, has advised women on the danger inherent in the use of artificial eyelashes, saying that it could cause cornea ulcer and possible total blindness.
Dr (Mrs) Umolo, who spoke with journalists in Ughelli, the Headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of Delta State, said that ladies who indulged in fixing of eyelashes were ignorant of the danger such act posed to their eyes.
According to the Consultant Opthalmologist, “the eye is a very sensitive organ of the body and whatever we do around the eye matters a lot and as such, we should be careful so that we do not lose our vision,” she said.
Dr (Mrs) Umolo noted that sometimes, the artificial eyelashes would tend to rub part of the cornea and create sensation around it, indicating the presence of foreign bodies, which may compel the person wearing it to continue to rub the eye with her hands, thereby damaging the cornea, adding that it could lead to cornea ulcer.
She said that if the cornea ulcer was not properly handled by a specialist, it may degenerate to complete lost of vision by the patient.
Dr (Mrs) Umolo also noted that the glue used to attach the eyelashes to the eye could cause inflammation of the eye which may lead to series of infections in the eyes.
She advised ladies to shun the act of indulging in unhealthy practices, such as fixing of eyelashes, in the name of beautifying themselves, but to practise what could protect their eyes from being damaged.
Corroborating the view expressed by Dr (Mrs) Umolo, a beautician, Miss Rejoice Oru, said that some of the eyelashes could be dangerous to the eyes, adding that picking the eyelashes, which involved the use of needles while fixing the lashes, was most dangerous to the eyes.
She stated that the process of picking eyelashes was risky, adding that any mistake could result in instant blindness, as the needle could pierce the eye ball.
- Courtesy: Delta State Ministry of Information