Eyelash curlers are metal instruments widely used by women to make the curve of the eyelashes more pronounced. The instrument is similar to a scissors, with handles closing on a pivot, and operates on the guillotine principle (fig. 1). The frame is curved to fit the contour of the eye; the proximal part of the frame has a linear slot that holds a black rubber filler or band about 3.5 cm. long, 0.3 cm. wide and 0.2 cm. thick, which protrudes about 0.1 cm. above the sides of the slot. The distal part of the frame is a thin curved "knife," which is fixed, and the rubber filler slides toward the "knife" as the handles are closed. The frame is placed close to the surface of the upper lid; when the handles are closed, the eyelashes are clamped between the "knife" and the rubber band. Slight squeezing pressure
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