When the eye or surrounding eye area is exposed to certain bacteria or organisms, eye infections can occur. Lash education is vital: as a lash professional, you must educate your clients on the importance of hygiene to keep their beautiful eyes free of infection.
If your client displays any of the following symptoms of an infection, we recommend not proceeding with the service until the client has been treated by a healthcare professional, and symptoms have cleared. However, it is up to you and your best judgment. In some cases, when the symptoms are not contagious, (such as with allergic conjunctivitis,) it can be safe to proceed with written permission from a healthcare professional. (Basically, a doctors note.)
Listed below are the most common types of eye infections and their symptoms. We recommend educating yourself about these, so you are able to spot them, and know when it’s in your and your client’s best interest to advise against performing the service.
1) Lash Education- Allergic Conjunctivitis:
When eyes are exposed to allergens, (such as pets, pollen, dust, mold, etc,) causing eyes to become watery, red and itchy. This is the most commonly occurring among clients, and can be tricky. Although allergies are not contagious from one client to the next, applying lash extensions to already irritated eyes, can worsen the symptoms minimally, or drastically.
2) Lash Education- Blepharitis:
When lash follicles are red and inflamed. This is caused by bad hygiene, allergies, mites, dandruff and certain medications. We recommend not proceeding with the service, as reaction/symptoms are likely to worsen.
3) Lash Education- Conjunctivitis:
An infection which inflames the conjunctiva of the eye, causing the eye to turn pink or in some cases, red. Commonly known as Pink eye, this contagious infection is easily spread. Do not proceed with the service until client is treated, and symptoms have cleared.
4) Lash Education- Demodex:
Parasites found inside pores and hair follicles that cause infection and inflammation. These are Eye Mites. Mites live inside pores and can be hard to spot or distinguish. However, if eyes are irritated or inflamed at all, we recommend not proceeding.
5) Lash Education- Stye:
Bacterial infection of the sebaceous glands, causing a red, painful bump or inflamed area of the eye. Styes can occur when the hair follicle is clogged and irritated. Although not contagious, styes require hot compresses in order to clear up. We recommend not proceeding with the service, until stye has cleared.
It is your job to ensure that your station, tools, and hands are free from bacteria that could spread infection or disease. Remember to never apply lash extensions to clients who show any signs of these infections. We also recommend having all new clients sign a waiver and release form to protect yourself. This form is vital to your lash business, as it is a form of insurance and can protect you from certain liabilities that could occur. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!