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Woman Issues Warning After Suffering Severe Reaction To Eyelash Extensions

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Woman Issues Warning After Suffering Severe Reaction To Eyelash Extensions

A woman has issued a warning to others after she suffered a severe reaction to her eyelash extensions.

Jessica Shannon's lash extensions left her looking like she'd done "ten rounds with Mike Tyson" and fearing she'd permanently damaged her eyes.

The 25-year-old, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, said her eyelids were "completely swollen" two days after having them done last month and soon became completely stuck together, sore, itchy and watery.

Jessica said: "I'd gone out for a night out for my birthday and my left eye had gone a little bloodshot but it wasn't sore or itchy.

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"I got home and went to bed and the following morning I woke up and looked like I'd done ten rounds with Mike Tyson.

Jessica noticed her eyes were sore and swollen after a night out (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Jessica noticed her eyes were sore and swollen after a night out (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

"They were really sore and itchy which made me get up out of bed to look in the mirror and my eyes were just extremely swollen. It was painful."

After visiting a pharmacy she was given eye drops and antihistamines, but things soon took a turn for the worse.

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Jessica added: "Over the next few days they got really quite severe. I got to a point where I literally couldn't see anything whatsoever.

"They were both shut together and my eyes had gone really blurry. The only way I could explain it as like there was a film over my eyes. It was scary.

The 25-year-old couldn't see properly out of her eyes (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
The 25-year-old couldn't see properly out of her eyes (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

"They were both bad but my left eye in particular was a lot worse. It was so swollen that I couldn't open it at all."

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Jessica headed straight for A&E where she was told she had a corneal abrasion, was given antibiotic eye drops and had the extensions removed, but it wasn't until a week later that her eyes fully returned to normal.

"The thing that was going through my mind most was because of the fact I couldn't see, I was worried that I'd done sort of damage to my actual eyesight.

Jessica headed to A&E where she was given antibiotics (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Jessica headed to A&E where she was given antibiotics (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

"Which was one of the main reasons as well as the pain that prompted me to go to A&E just to double-check I wasn't going to end up with permanent damage to my actual eyes."

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"They said themselves that it was pretty nasty and I got given an antibiotic eye ointment and had a couple of cornea abrasions from where I'd been rubbing my eyes, I think I'd scratched my eyeballs."

It took a week for her eyes to return to normal (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
It took a week for her eyes to return to normal (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)

After having the lash extensions removed, Jessica's eyes are now a lot better than they were.

She said: "The top of my eyelids are really dry and still very itchy but aside from that my sight's come back and I can open my eyes fully now. So they're a lot better than they were."

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However, Jessica admits she'd still like to get her lashes done in the future, if she's able.

"Some people I've heard that have had a reaction to glue in the past and a few months down the line they're able to wear lashes without any problems but other people it's kind of a long time thing and it's just not possible for them to wear extensions."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Life News, Beauty, Life

Aneira Davies
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