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Eyelashes: Why Do We Have Them?

Have you ever made a wish on a fallen eyelash? According to a popular folklore if you find a fallen eyelash on your face, hold it up on your finger, make a wish and blow it away, the fallen eyelash will grant your wish. Now, we are not suggesting that your eyelashes are magical! 

Just like the hair on our heads, eyelashes do fall out naturally. They usually grow back in 4 to 6 weeks. However, if eyelashes are pulled out repeatedly, they may take 8 to 10 weeks to grow back and, in some extreme cases, they may not grow back at all. That is why it is so important to take care of our lashes especially while removing make-up or rubbing our eyes. You must keep in mind to remain gentle not to pull them out of the root. 

Long lashes have been associated with beauty for centuries. Various types of make-up are available to enhance their appearance to make them look fuller or longer and, in recent years, eyelash extensions, tints and transplants have become popular. No matter what you choose to embellish them, remember to be delicate with them because they do serve an important purpose.

These little hairs that outline our eyelids protect our eyes from particles in the air like dust and sand by sweeping away the debris from entering our eyes. They even keep moisture, like rain and sweat, from dripping into our eyes. Eyelashes also play an important role in alerting our eyes of danger. This sensory system prevents small insects, for example, from entering our eyes by alerting our eyelids to close.

In conjunction with our forehead and eyebrows, your eyelashes also help shield the bright sun from your eyes. However, they do not protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, therefore we recommend that you wear quality sunglasses while outdoors to block out the sun’s rays.

Our eyelashes may be little, but they play a big role in protecting our eyes! 

Your optometrist can help answer any other questions you may have concerning your eyelashes. Book your appointment today!

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