Chemical conjunctivitis and diffuse lamellar keratitis after removal of eyelash extensions

Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2018 Aug 4:12:21-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ajoc.2018.07.007. eCollection 2018 Dec.


Purpose: There have been several reports in the literature demonstrating the adverse effects of multiple ocular cosmetic procedures, such as eyelash extensions, eyeliner tattoo, and eyelash dyeing. To our knowledge, there is limited literature on the adverse effects specifically attributed to the chemicals and process of eyelash extension removal. Our purpose is to demonstrate the possible ocular injuries from misapplication of eyelash extension removal solvent.

Observations: We present a unique case of a 46-year-old female with a prior history of laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) who presented with bilateral chemical conjunctivitis and diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK) secondary to epithelial defects following the misapplication of eyelash extension removal gel.

Conclusionand importance: Given that our patient suffered significant dry eyes, corneal haze, and visual fluctuation, we believe this case underscores the importance of continuing closer and careful evaluation into the chemicals present in these cosmetics to improve the safety of our patients and to limit such incidents from occurring hereafter.

Keywords: Corneal haze; Diffuse lamellar keratitis; Dry eye; Eyelash extension removal solvent; Eyeliner tattoo; LASIK.

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