Eyelash Extension Regulation
Eyelash Extension Regulation
Eyelash Extension Petition
What will their lash lines look like in 20 years? That is the question I ask myself each time a client asks for eyelash extensions that are longer than their natural eyelashes can handle. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says eyelashes are more than just cosmetic fringe. Lashes protect the eye from debris that can obstruct vision or cause infection or injury. The Royal Society published a study by David Hu at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who said “that the delicate hair on the eyelids also have a purpose to keep the eyes moist”. But we must have lashes in order to experience these things. A few years back as a ophthalmic assistant I encountered a patient that lost her vision due to her inability to close her eye completely. It resulted in a severe corneal erosion which made her legally blind because it obstructed her vision. I’m lead to ask myself can prolonged exposure to the fumes from an adhesive or eyepads/tapes rubbing against the eye cause conjunctival erosions for lash clients in the future? Blepharitis has been diagnosed in ophthalmology primarily in older patients, some due to their inability to wash their face from their arthritis. Now, lash mites are viral due to clients fear of washing their eyelids because they either don’t want their extensions to fall out, are not given aftercare instructions or told not to do so. As lash artists we should be focused on the health of our clients natural eyelashes and eyelids. That is why I'm petitioning eyelash extension application regulation in the state of Florida. We shouldn’t be compromising the health of our clients eyes. I spent 11 years beside the most amazing ophthalmologists and watching them do everything in their power to restore their patients vision. I've had the opportunity to be behind a microscope and look at patient eyelashes and eyelids as part of the workup processes, I have photographed the insides of hundreds of patients eyes, I believe as lash artist we should be educated on things we will encounter and have protocols when a client is faced with a corneal or conjunctival abrasion, blepharitis, styles, chalazion, conjunctivitis, lash mites etc. Eye education should
be apart of eyelash extension industry and proper eyelash extension application should be regulated in this industry. The hardest part of being so booked is you can’t save anyone else. I can almost guarantee the number of clients in your city with an unhealthy set far out ways the number of clients with a suitable set of extensions. The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health published a study by Dr. Nandini Bothra from the A. J. Institute of Medical Sciences, in Mangalore, India that collected the data that concluded there is a significant positive association between long-term use of eye cosmetics like mascara and fall of eyelashes. Furthermore, use of water for removal of waterproof mascara was associated with a higher incidence of eyelash fallout. The overall incidence of eyelash fallout observed was 19% and incidence of associated eye problems were 31%. If a product like mascara can cause lash fallout from removing the waxy substance from our natural eyelashes, and be associated with an even higher rate in eye problems how much more can improper application and lack of education contribute to lash fallout and eye problems.
I am currently petitioning eyelash extension application regulation in the state of Florida. Due to thousands of Licensed Estheticians practicing lash extensions incorrectly. The only regulation over lash extension application is the requirement of being a Licensed Esthetician or equivalent. I know some states do not require any licensing, and they should. The facial specialist licensing does not cover any eyelash or eyelid knowledge in its curriculums, Courses are unregulated and the certification isn’t acknowledged by the state. Therefore I am petitioning for the following:
• Any persons applying eyelash extensions is to be required to carry a License I-IV
• Any persons educating is to be required to carry a License Level III-IV
• Any person applying eyelash extensions or educating must practice one year prior to receiving advanced licensing or submissions
• Licensed Lash Artist Level III-IV required course submissions to the state for approval before educating.
• Required Ophthalmic Education (knowledge about the sclera, cornea, conjunctiva, upper and lower lid, lacrimal glands, eye diseases, and eyelashes) Must pass test in order to receive licensing. (Annual Retest)
• Licensed Lash Artist is to pass a Lash Extension Comprehension Assessment
• Any unlicensed individual reported applying lash extensions without a license will be fined (X) amount as a penalty.
I believe with these regulations our industry will truly flourish like never before.