“LED eyelashes” may put eyes at risk, specialist warns

LED eyelashes is new beauty trend of teenagers but specialist warns it could be harmful to the eyes.

Flashing eyelashes are now becoming the latest bizarre trend that are taking the world of beauty among teenagers, including in Thailand.

The lightweight fake eyelashes are wearable electronic and interactive cosmetics that will respond immediately to body and head movements such as dancing, jumping around or posing for selfies.

But optical specialist at Siriraj Hispital warns that the LED eyelashes could be harmful to eyes similar to ultraviolet rays.

Dr Naris Kitnarong, an eye specialist at Siriraj Hospital's Department of Ophthalmology, said battery that is used to power the interactive F-lashes could result in heat around the eyes and could cause eyesores, and wrinkling skin on eyes.

He said although this would not have immediate effect, in the long term it certainly would be harmful to eyes same as UV rays as light from normal bulbs or general lights have UV rays, he said.

Exposure to the UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss, he added.

Meanwhile Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said LED eyelashes consists of two parts�LED light and glue that is used to attach it to the eye lid.

He said LED lights are not banned or controlled items under the Consumers Protection Law.

However he said the glue which is used to attach the LED eyelashes to eye lids and around the eyes is a controlled item under the cosmetics law.

Therefore any import and distribution of the F.lashes need to properly display prescription as required by the Food and Drug Administration Commission.

He said the Consumers Protection Division police will enforce the law strictly if this is violated by importers and distributors.

According to The Independent, LED eyelashes were first unveiled at the Maker Faire in California earlier this year. In the fair, designer Tien Pham from Sweden demonstrated the lashes and their many modes. The LED eyelashes are powered by a watch battery that attaches to the back of the head using hair clips, the lashes are reusable and can be applied to any natural set using eyelash glue.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)