How Do You Get Lice on Eyelashes? Explanation, Diagnosis and Treatment


How do you get lice on eyelashes? Well, it’s more common than you think…

Lice infestation is pretty common in schools and all socio-economic areas and we normally think about head lice and lice on our scalp. Did you know that lice on eyelashes is also a possibility? Yes, lice on eyelashes can happen and your eyelashes are just as vulnerable to lice infestation as your scalp. Later we explain how do you get lice on eyelashes and how to diagnose and treat the infestation.

What are lice?

The good news here is that lice aren’t dangerous but more of an annoyance if anything. The constant itching can be overwhelming for some, which can make it worse. Another point about lice is that it is extremely contagious. You don’t have to even touch a person with lice to get it you can simply be close enough and the lice will jump from one person to another.

Lice on Eyelashes

These wingless insects mainly feed off the skin and blood of people and can spread VERY quickly. Lice on eyelashes can occur when an adult louse simply attaches itself to the skin surrounding the eyelashes.  Very soon after that it lays eggs, which are called nits, attaching them to the shaft of the hair. Within a week to 10 days later the eggs hatch and start to grow into adults.  It can be as soon as 15 days when those newly hatched nits grow into adults and start laying eggs of their own. You can see how quickly this can happen in the matter of a month with no lice on eyelashes treatment.

Different Types of Lice

Unfortunately, there are a few different types of lice to be aware of.

Pediculosis corporis: Not as common in the scalp and usually infects body hair mainly the abdomen area.

Pediculosis capitis: This is the most common type of lice found on kids and mainly targets the scalp.

Pediculosis pubis: This type of lice is more crab-shaped and found in the pubic regions of the body and the base of the pubic hair. Most people who are infected with lice on eyelashes tend to have this type of lice.

Lice on eyelashes symptoms and things to watch out for

Besides the extreme itching there are a number of other symptoms and signs that can come with lice infestation:

  • Tearing from the eyes
  • Redness of the eye
  • Lice bites can cause small red spots
  • Fever (low-grade)
  • Conjunctivitis

Lice on Eyelashes Diagnosis

If you exhibit any of the symptoms above please see an eye doctor immediately. Your doctor will most likely use a slit lamp bio microscope to examine your eyes.


slit lamp biomicroscope

With this high-powered magnification device the doctor will be able to confirm if there is indeed an infestation of lice on eyelashes.

Lice on Eyelashes Treatment

Lice infestation on the scalp is easier to treat with special shampoo however lice on eyelashes can be a bit more difficult. To not damage the eye, shampoos and other chemicals are not recommended. Treatment of lice on eyelashes is primarily focused on the doctor physically removing the lice with specialized forceps. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to suffocate the lice.

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Celebrity Lashes – The Good, The Bad, and The What The Heck Were They Thinking

Celebrity Lashes…What in the world were they thinking?

What do you do to get gorgeous celebrity lashes like Jennifer Lopez? Well, celebrities are just like the rest of us – some pulled a little more out of the gene pool eyelash-wise than others. Most go for a little help. They don’t all get it right.

The Good

Most celebrities use eyelash extensions, which are single synthetic lashes that are applied individually to your own lashes. If you think of light-haired, light-complexioned celebrities who have beautiful lashes, you can be almost sure you’re looking at extensions. Julianne Moore, for example, is indisputably beautiful, but her natural lashes are very light. With extensions, her eyes open up and dazzle. Kelly Ripa is another celeb who would probably shine without any help at all, but whose eyes are stunning once her lash extensions are in place.

These are examples of celebrities who just help Mother Nature along a bit. Kim Kardashian takes it a bit more to extremes. Her lashes are stunning, but come on – we know her claims that her super-long lashes are natural are bogus. Experts believe that she’s actually wearing extensions made from mink. Well, okay, technically mink is natural.

The Bad

Most film and TV celebrities seem to get it right, but we did find a couple of examples of not-so-great lashes from the world of politics.

Remember Michelle Bachmann, the Queen of the Tea Party? Some blame her failure to win the Republican nomination in 2012 on the false eyelashes she wore to the New Hampshire debate. They made her blink a lot. It’s a small thing, for sure, but when the stakes are high, every little bit counts.

Then there’s the other Michelle. We have the greatest respect for the first lady, but she’s been seen at various gatherings wearing just a bit too much eyelash. While her eyelash extensions aren’t overkill in and of themselves, when coupled with her usual low-key, casual style, the lashes aren’t compatible with the clothes.

The What The Heck Were They Thinking

We don’t want to speak ill of the dead, so we’re leaving Tammy Faye Bakker Messner out of this. Lady Gaga gets a pass because her feather eyelashes are part of a costume. But we are going to warn you about a YouTube video featuring a REALLY made-up gal who’s going to tell you how to do your makeup in the style of Liza Minnelli in Cabaret. Our advice? Whether you’re a 13-year-old just trying out new looks, or a 60-year-old grandmother trying to for a more youthful appearance, this look isn’t appropriate for any age. File it under “for entertainment purposes only.”


There’s an Eyelash in My Eye! Do I Need To See My Eye Doctor?


something in my eye

Eyelash in my eye!

Can My Eye Doctor Help Me?

There are very few things more irritating than a stray eyelash that’s found its way into your eye. But is it harmful? Should you see your eye doctor?

If it’s just an ordinary, wayward lash, you don’t need to panic. Rushing off to the ophthalmologist for something like this would be like going to the emergency room with a broken nail – it’s something that you should be able to deal with quite easily and effectively all on your own.

You can flush a stray eyelash out on your own using cold water or eye drops. Another method that works is to pull your upper lid down over the lower lid and hold it there for about 30 seconds while at the same time moving your eyeball back and forth, up and down. This will encourage the production of tears that will flush out the offending lash.

If, on the other hand, you’re using eyelash extensions and you get a lash in your eye, watch for swelling, extreme redness or blurred vision. Most of the time eyelash extensions won’t cause you any trouble – when you have them done by a skilled, trained practitioner, eyelash extensions are safe for virtually anyone, any age. However, if an extension comes loose and lodges in your eye, in some rare cases there could be complications. It’s not a common occurrence, but it’s possible that you could end up with an infection or an allergic reaction to the glue that is used.

Also, be sure that it really is just an eyelash. If you’ve had an injury to your eye, and you have what feels like an eyelash in it, it could be a vitreous floater. These are little pieces of vitreous jelly that have become detached from the back of the eye. Sometimes these can lead to retinal detachment. If your one “eyelash” suddenly becomes two or more, or if you see arcing, flashing lights, or if you notice a decrease in your vision that doesn’t quickly improve, you should see an ophthalmologist as quickly as possible.

With any blow to the eye, it’s best to err on the side of caution. See an ophthalmologist or go to the emergency room for treatment. Although consulting an ophthalmologist for an errant eyelash would be overkill, when actual injuries are involved, you don’t want to take chances with your vision.



Eyelash Glue – Disasters and the Truth

Eyelash Extension Disasters


Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions

The “Glue”some Truth

Everybody wants long, gorgeous eyelashes, and it’s a sad fact that Mother Nature is a whole lot more generous with some women than she is with others. If mascara isn’t doing it for you, you may have considered eyelash extensions, but might also be worried about whether they’re safe. If that sounds like you, read on.

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions shouldn’t be confused with false eyelashes. The false eyelashes are attached to the skin, whereas the extensions are glued to the actual eyelash. They don’t go on in groups or clumps; rather they’re attached one by one. They’re designed to follow the natural curve of your eyelashes, and properly applied, no one will know that you’re wearing them.

Are Lash Extensions Permanent?

No. The only way to lengthen your eyelashes permanently is to have eyelashes surgically transplanted by a doctor. Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent, lasting anywhere from two weeks to a month.

Is the Procedure Dangerous?

When done by a competent, properly-trained eyelash technician, there is little or no danger to having eyelash extensions. However, this is not something a 13-year-old should be attempting at a slumber party, or a 60-year-old pensioner should be trying on her own to save money. And don’t go to a self-taught operator – you could end up getting an eye infection from unsanitary conditions, or injuries from glue coming into contact with your eyes.

The Glue Is Exactly What I Was Worried About!

With a trained eyelash technician, you can put your mind at rest. The eyelash glue is applied on the eyelash, not the eyelid, so there should be no contact with your skin. A trained operator will spend about an hour with you in order to make sure you get a beautiful set of eyelashes. It’s not a procedure that should be rushed.

Are There Other Dangers?

Only if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, which is to let your technician know if you plan to open your eyes while she’s working. The eyelashes are applied using tweezers, so don’t surprise the technician.

Also, it’s not advisable to have eyelash extensions if your eyelashes have been permed within the past three months.

Go For It!

You can have the look you always wanted. Just make sure you go to a salon that specializes in eyelash extensions, one that has qualified personnel. You’ll be glad you did.





Eyelash Extensions Cost: Is it worth it?

In a beauty world full of lengthening mascaras, eyelash curlers and falsies, it’s no wonder that eyelash extensions are becoming more and more popular.

Some spas are adding lash extensions to their menus; others are popping up in major cities like New York and Los Angeles solely dedicated to offering a full range of lash extension options.

Below are few different types of eyelash extensions that are currently available:

  • Authentic mink hair is the most expensive option on the market, and are said to be the most natural looking.
  • Synthetic hair is also a popular option, and is slightly less expensive than its authentic counterpart. Still others use human hair for lash extensions.
Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions

PROS to Eyelash extensions

Long-lasting. While mascaras and fake eyelashes can be great for augmenting short, thin lashes, they only last about a day. Eyelash extensions, on the other hand, last as long as it takes for your natural lashes to grow out. You should get about three weeks to a month out of one lash extension session.

Easy. In addition to being longer lasting than temporary fake lashes, eyelash extensions are applied monthly. You can shave time off your daily beauty routine by getting them, and then forgetting about them. Because you will wake up with lush lashes every day, there’s no need to worry about daily maintenance.

Beautiful. There’s nothing quite as quintessentially beautiful as wide, bright eyes- a look that can be achieved through eyelash extensions.

CONS to Eyelash extensions

The price tag. The eyelash extensions cost will run you anywhere from $100 to upwards of $400, depending on the type of lashes you get and who does them. The steep price may be worth it for some, but not for others.

Allergies. As with drugstore falsies, there is a risk of allergy associated with eyelash extensions. Some people are sensitive to the glue used to apply the lashes, and may experience redness, irritation or swelling around the eye area. If you have extra sensitive skin, consult with your esthetician before you make the appointment.

Finding a reputable salon. As with any spa or beauty treatment, you will want to ensure that your salon is clean and professional. Proper application of eyelash extensions will not damage your natural lashes; if you follow your esthetician’s instructions, you should have no trouble. Avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on your lashes.

If you find that your lashes are falling out quickly or in clumps, they may have been applied incorrectly. Lashes should always be applied individually, rather than in groups of three or four.


While contemplating whether to go faux or not, it is critical to do your homework. Research different spas, and read online reviews from clients who have had them done. Ultimately, for those who can afford it, eyelash extensions are a great way to enhance your look, as long as they are applied safely and professionally.

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How to Get Long Eyelashes and Maintain Them

Wondering how to get long eyelashes and maintain them? Read on to find out more…

eyelash maintenance

Eyelash Maintenance


Don’t: Keep old make-up just because you spent a lot of money on it, still have product left in the tube or really like the color.
Do: Be sure to toss out your mascara every three months. Old eye make-up breeds bacteria that can not only irritate your eyes, but also cause conjunctivitis or sties. Eyeliner and eye shadow can last from three months to a year, depending on the type. Liquid and cream liners and shadows should be tossed before powders.

eyelash maintenance care

Don’t sleep with your mascara on!


Don’t: Sleep in your mascara. This can cause irritation, causing you to wake up with red, puffy eyes.
Do: Always remove make-up before going to sleep, no matter how exhausted you are!


Don't pull on your eyelashes

Don’t pull on your eyelashes


Don’t: Pull on your lashes when you remove eye make-up.
Do: Swab a cotton ball with a gentle eye make-up remover, and lightly pat the ball over your eyelid and eyelashes. Repeat until all make-up has dissolved.


Don't apply glue directly to your eyelid

Don’t apply glue directly to your eyelid


Don’t: Apply glue directly to your eyelid when putting on false eyelashes. There is a serious risk of damaging your own eyelid and eyelashes by doing this.
Do: Apply the glue to the strip underneath the false eyelashes, then place the strip on your eyelashes.

Don’t: Reuse false eyelashes.
Do: Throw out falsies when you’re finished with them, and buy a new set when you want to wear them again.

Don’t: Share false eyelashes (or mascara, or any make-up of any kind) with friends. Sharing products is a fast way to spread germs and get infections of the eye.
Do: Use your own falsies, and your own make-up.

Don’t: Neglect regular eyelash maintenance.
Do: Regularly condition your lashes with Vaseline or coconut oil. You can also brush your lashes using an eyelash comb to ensure maximum growth.


Keep those eyelashes healthy

Keep those eyelashes healthy


Don’t: Forget that your lashes are an important part of keeping your eyes healthy.
Do: Develop a routine for taking care of them.

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Craving Bold, Beautiful, and Long Eyelashes?

Take pride in your appearance!

Take pride in your appearance!

Want better looking and long eyelashes? Read on…

Taking pride in your appearance often means finding just the right look for you. The right dress, for example, can highlight our figure, and the right haircut can accentuate our face. Similarly, the right kind of makeup can bring out your best facial features. One of the best, easiest and fastest ways to do this is through your eyes.

Your eyes are the first thing that most people will notice about you. They are considered, of course, to be the windows to the soul. If your eyes are the windows, it follows that your eyelashes are the curtains, framing and highlighting this very important feature. The best way to bring out your eyelashes, and in turn, your eyes, is to make them as long and full as possible. Read the tips below for how best to achieve this!

Apply eyeliner to your upper lid. Draw the line as close to your natural lash line as possible, to ensure no gap between your lashes and the pencil line. Using a rich color, like dark brown or kohl, will make your lashes appear fuller. Avoid using black unless you have darker skin or want to make a big statement.

Be careful when lining your lower lash line. Lining a full circle around the upper and lower lash line tends to close your eyes in and make them look small. Instead, draw a line about three-quarters of the way across your lower lash line. This will open up your eyes and make them appear wider.

Curl your eyelashes. Flat lashes tend to look short and don’t frame your eyes as well. Curling them will produce long eyelashes, and your eyes bigger.

Apply mascara. Using the right mascara for you, whether curling, lengthening or voluminizing, can really amp up your look. Mascara makes your lashes look darker and healthier. For a fun party look, try using colored mascara on just the tips of your eyelashes (but be sure to tone down the rest of your make-up if you do—it’s best to highlight just one feature at a time).

Remove eye make-up. Be sure to carefully remove all of your make-up at the end of the night with a gentle eye make-up remover. Wash your face and follow up with a moisturizer. Speaking of moisturizer…

Condition your lashes. Don’t forget to moisturize your lashes too! Lightly rub a small dab of Vaseline, coconut or olive oil on your eyelashes before bed every night. This will help not only help them to look healthier, but will actually help them grow, too.

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