One of the current beauty trends is to have longer and fuller eyelashes. Lash extensions, mascara, and strip lashes are some of the most popular options to create luscious lashes. For people that suffer from inadequate or not enough eyelashes, Latisse is an FDA approved prescription medication that creates longer, fuller, and darker eyelashes. The medical term for this is hypotrichiasis; if you suffer from hypotrichiasis, Lattise may help. Lattise, is applied nightly at the base of the eyelashes on the upper eyelid. The cosmetic effects of Latisse are gradual, and improvement may become significant after 2 months of nightly application.
As eyelash extensions have become more and more common, I have seen allergic reactions to some of the glues used in these procedures. This is usually due to a high concentration of formaldehyde in the glue. These symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks of discontinuing the product and starting a prescribed treatment regimen. Also, infections from the inadequate hygiene applying lash extensions can occur. Latisse would be a good alternative if you have irritation from strip lashes, lash extensions, or for patients that would like to improve their natural lashes rather than wearing a false lash.
Nuvue Optometry now carries Latisse and it is available for ordering through our office. If you are interested in trying this product, book a Latisse appointment with our friendly staff. During your first Latisse exam, we will check your eye pressures, take a picture of your eyes, and check for contraindications, using a biomicroscope. We will then bring you back for a follow up appointment to re-take pictures and measure the eyelash improvement from the treatment, as well as, monitor for side effects. If you have any questions please drop-in or call our amazing staff any time.
The most frequently reported adverse reactions from Latisse were itchy eyes, red eyes, darkening of skin in area of Latisse use (usually reversible), irritated eyes, dry eyes, and redness on eyelids. These reactions occurred in less than 4% of patients. Additional and less common adverse reactions seen in clinical trials include: abnormal hair growth and a change in iris colour.If you have any questions or would like to book a eye consultation, please call our friendly office anytime. Dr Devin W Almond, BSc, OD