Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ready, Set, GROW!

For those of you with less-than mile-long eyelashes, which everyone seems to covet these days, there is a new eyelash-lengthening drug called LATISSE™ that has been approved by the FDA. The first step is talking to your doctor because it is a prescription drug. To find out if LATISSE™ is right for you, please consult your doctor (and by doctor, I, personally, recommend you go to your eye doctor, preferably an ophthamologist).

Is LATISSE™ right for you?
While most everyone may want the look of longer, fuller and darker lashes, not everyone may be right for the treatment. Your doctor will have to evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. You should not use LATISSE™ if you have an active eye condition, including an eye infection, or have broken or irritated skin on your eyelid. And if you are using products for elevated intraocular pressure (which I have - it's like glaucoma, but without any vision loss), you should only use LATISSE™ after consulting with your doctor.

What are the side effects?
The most common side effects after using LATISSE™ solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. LATISSE™ solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE™ is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.

Is LATISSE™ safe?
LATISSE™ is an FDA-approved prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. The FDA reviewed clinical study results to verify the identity, potency, purity, and stability of the ingredients, and demonstrated that the product is safe and effective for its intended use if used as prescribed.

I'm not a doctor, but having taken glaucoma medication in the past, you really do need to play it safe with this drug - and it is a drug, not a cosmetic. I would give anything not to have eye problems, and though I understand wanting to look good, please weigh the pros and cons. That said, I admit that my eyelashes did grow while I was taking my glaucoma medicine. I was not on it that long (thankfully), but I did notice some growth, so I think this drug could help those of you with "less-than" lashes.

If anyone tries it (I will not due to my past and current glaucoma-related problems), please let me know how it worked for you!

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