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When you’ve had a long day, it’s so tempting to just plump down in bed even with your makeup on. Perhaps you’ve even done it a few times. But the following case might make you think twice about forgetting to remove mascara before bed.
Theresa Lynch had grown used to going to sleep with eye makeup on for the past 25 years. However, this caused solid black lumps to form in her eye.
The 51-year-old rushed to the doctor complaining of heavy and painful eyelids. Her eyes were also irritated and weepy. Lubricating gels and eyedrops hadn’t worked.
The mother-of-two from Sydney, Australia, was horrified when doctors found hard calcified bumps, called concretions, under her eyelids. They are the result of 25 years of heavy makeup use. They were a serious risk to her vision but a general anesthetic and a 90-minute procedure managed to remove them.
Theresa, who works as a housekeeper, and Dr. Dana Robaei shared lurid photos of her eyes as a warning to others about the dangers of leaving mascara overnight.
She said: “They were embedded so deep that particles were building up on top of each other.
“I was so uncomfortable. My eyelids were swollen and heavy because I left it for so long.
“When Dr. Robaei pulled my eyelid back, she said ‘oh my god, in my whole career I haven’t seen anything this’.
“She could see the whites of my eyes were glassy and bloodshot.
“I was shocked, I thought I had done permanent damage to my eyelid and I would never get back to normal.
“I had fallen into a bad habit of wearing a lot of makeup and not washing it off. I should never have let it get this far.
“It’s so important to properly take your makeup off every single night. You can’t miss a single day.”
Dr. Rabaei, who is Consultant Ophthalmologist at Forest Eye Surgery, published a study on Theresa’s injuries last year. She said it was an important case study on the hidden dangers of using mascara.
She said: “Every time Theresa was blinking these bumps were rubbing on the surface of the eye and they pose a risk to her vision.
“If the scratch on the surface of the eye got infected, there is a risk this could be a potentially blinding but that would be rare.
“It was certainly disabling. She has suffered permanent scarring on her eyelid and the surface of her cornea.
“The symptoms are like somebody throwing a handful of sand in your eye, it’s constantly irritating.
“Not many women are treating the removal of their mascara seriously. You must be meticulous.
“This was an amazing case, I’d never seen anything like it. But this is a risk not many people are aware of.”
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