Thin eyelashes don’t just leave your eyes looking bald and bare. They also leave your eyes unprotected from debris, infection and other invaders. Although eyelash balding is related to changing hormones, there are treatments for lengthening and thickening eyelashes. Latisse eyelid drops are an FDA-approved treatment that you use to help improve inadequate eyelashes.
Details About Latisse Drops
Latisse is the brand name of daily eye drops that you apply to the lash line. Applying Latisse with sterile applicators places the hormone-like liquid at the base of your upper lashes, which stimulates hair growth.
Over time, you’ll notice greater eyelash growth. You’ll also experience thicker and longer lashes. Normal eyelashes grow for a set time and then shed. However, Latisse increases the growing phase length and the number of hairs growing.
Prescriptions for Lengthening Lashes
Most people think of dermatologists when they’re interested in a Latisse prescription. Nonetheless, it’s important to consult an optometrist before beginning the first phase of your six- to eight-week Latisse treatment program.
Bimatoprost, Latisse’s active ingredient, lowers intraocular pressure while it regulates the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in the eyelids. If a patient has preexisting eye conditions like uveitis and conjunctivitis, they aren’t a good candidate for an eyelash-lengthening prescription.
Additionally, if we find that a patient is at high risk for macular edema, has severe allergies or suffers from chronic skin infections of the upper eyelids, we don’t recommend the Latisse prescription.
Latisse Treatment Isn’t for Everyone
A percentage of patients experienced side effects, such as increased pigmentation on their eyelids. That’s one reason to ensure you schedule a consultation with us to determine whether the treatment’s a good fit for you.
Why Lengthening Your Lashes Is Important
Eyelashes aren’t only a core symbol of beauty. They help protect your eyes from small particles. Tiny debris specks like sand, dirt and dust can obstruct your vision, lead to infection and/or cause eye injury.