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Ophthalmic Images
January 11, 2018

Ocular Inflammation Associated With Fibers From Eyelash Extensions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, United Kingdom
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(1):e175723. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.5723

A woman in her 40s with a history of using eyelash extensions/fibers (Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes +; Younique) presented with redness, irritation, and pain in her right eye. An examination revealed several fibers (approximately 1 mm long) overlying the conjunctiva, with at least 6 in the subconjunctival space.

The patient’s eyes were too tender for removal of the subconjunctival foreign bodies at slitlamp. These fibers are described as being made from nylon and enriched with several chemicals (propylene glycol, squallane, tocopheryl).1