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A consultant Optometrist, Dr Michael Nwoko, on Sunday advised women not to apply eyelashes as makeup to avoid damaging the eyes.
Nwoko, who is the Chairman, National Optometric Association, Edo chapter, gave the advice in an interview with the NANA saying that the product contained chemicals that could damage the eyes.
He said the eye reacted with any chemical that came close to it, adding:
“When you apply chemicals, such as makeup on the eyes, the eyes must react and this could lead to itching of the eyes.
‘’Some of the patients that have recurrent conjunctivitis which is an eye infection that affects the outer eyeball, is sometimes due to chemical reaction with the eyes.’’
The optometrist also said that rubbing an itching eye could lead to the introduction of microorganisms to the eyes.
He, however, advised that the makeup should be applied on the eyebrow and not on the eyelashes.
“if it is on the eyebrow, which is far away from the eye, it’s okay but anything that gets to the eyelashes must react with the eyes.
‘’People that apply makeup on the eyelashes must reduce it or if possible they should stop it’’, Nwoko said.