Ever heard of Latisse? Since 2008, Latisse has been lengthening and thickening the eyelashes of thousands of people around the world who experience hypotrichosis. Hypotrichosis is the medical term for eyelashes that lack fullness and quantity. Fortunately, what started as a “side effect” from a glaucoma drug has now become an eyelash rejuvenator and a great eye care enhancement known as Latisse.
The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost. Bimatroprost is a component in eye drops for glaucoma treatment that lowers the intraocular pressure in ones eye. While working to lower the IOL pressure, patients using the glaucoma eye drops reported having thicker and fuller lashes.
Latisse uses .03% bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, and is applied each day by dabbing the medication on to the upper lash line. As one blinks naturally, Latisse adheres to the lower lashes, so never apply it to the lower lid. In about 2 months time, patients should start to see longer and fuller eyelashes.
Although this treatment is non-invasive and harmless, there are a few precautions, side effects and expenses to consider for those considering Latisse. Clinical studies have discovered that results generally show up after 12-16 weeks of daily usage. At $120 for 60 applicators, Latisse can cost about $160 – $240 before seeing any results. Also when patients stop using it, eyelashes will go back to their natural state. If patients are already using a medication that lowers their IOL pressure, they are advised to let their doctor know so they can monitor the eye pressure more closely.
When applying Latisse, do not use the applicator more than once. Doing this can cause eye infections or allergic reactions. According to All About Vision, nearly 3% of study participants experienced side effects like, dry eyes, or eyelid skin darkening. Allergan reported another permanent potential side effect being a brown pigmentation of the iris. Any patients experiencing the above side effects should consult their doctor.
Anyone interested in longer, thicker eyelashes, contact the East West Eye Institute at 877-871-1684 or visit https://www.eastwesteye.com to see if Latisse is right for you.
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