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


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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.



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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