Sure, sometimes we forget to remove our makeup before going to sleep but we don’t always consider what kind of effects it might be having on our health. While once or twice might not hurt anything, if you do it repeatedly you might need to reevaluate things.
An older lady who lives in Australia (50 years old) recently showed up to her doctor’s office complaining about some kind of sand-like feeling she was having in both of her eyes. This led to a horrifying discovery that we all need to be aware of. Her eye doctor, ophthalmologist Dana Robaei, even ended up doing a case study on the situation itself and boy were the images included enough to have me never forgetting to take my makeup off again.
Basically, this woman was having some kind of chronic foreign body sensation in both of her eyes, that meaning it felt like there was something stuck in her eyes. If you’ve ever had this gritty sensation you know how terrible it feels. After taking a closer look Robaei was able to see multiple darkly pigmented subconjunctival concretions. Some of those were actually even eroding through the conjunctival surface.
This lady ended up admitting to using mascara for over 25 years straight without proper removal while sleeping. Biopsy revealed that there was a chronic inflammatory infiltrate with pigmented macrophages present and thus these black spots. Take a look at the images of this terror-filled situation below.
This woman’s cornea was being scratched by those black specks you see in the image above. This causes discomfort and is something that will only grow worse if untreated. This woman who according to DailyMail’s name happens to be Theresa Lynch was left almost blind after this situation. Those black lumps embedded beneath her eyelids were a very serious problem.
Now, if you thought the images above were bad take a look at this one. Could you imagine this being your reality? Robaei says she has never seen anything like this and warns that we should all take the proper measures to remove our mascara. This is a good example of one of the hidden dangers of our everyday beauty products. Every time Theresa blinked these bumps would rub the surface of her eye.
Luckily this was caught in time and Theresa was able to undergo a 90-minute procedure under general anesthetic to remove the lumps. That being said, she has suffered some permanent scarring on her eyelid and the surface of her cornea. Horrifying isn’t it?
If you are not removing your makeup at the end of the day or just not paying attention to properly getting your mascara off I urge you to reevaluate how you do things. This could become reality for some of us if we do not take it seriously. Could you imagine having to go through this? What if you lose your vision before actually getting help?