Dangerous Beauty … by Zora Dubská, E. Růžičková, T. Kučera, J. Dvořák, P. Sklenka, V. Filaová, P. Rajs, Czech Republic


Patient – woman with high myopy. Shortly before her cataract surgery of her only functional right eye, she had undergone a cosmetical procedure – the elongation of eyelashes. Five days after the surgery we found some fibrin around the pupil and in artificial mydriasis black foreign bodies in the vitreous. She was treated intensively with local kortikosteroids that calmed down the eye and the intraocular foreign bodies were bleached. We cooperated with the university Institute of Histology and Embryology, where the reaction of human eyelashes and artificial eyelashes immersed in saline solution were tested. The histologic examination came to a conclusion that none of these materials were present inside the eye. Then the examination of the artificial eyelashes glue has been done and by testing its histological reaction in vitro, it has been verified, that discoloured parts of this glue were present in the vitreous of our patient.


The check of the eyelashes should be performed before every intraocular surgery. Decoration or application of the artificial eyelashes can be a source of later complications related to the procedure.


Zora Dubská, E. Růžičková, T. Kučera (2), J. Dvořák, P. Sklenka, Vladimíra Fialová, P. Rajs
Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Head: prof. J. Heissigerová, MD, Ph.D., MBA
(2):Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine in Prague. Head:  prof. ass. T. Kučera, MD, Ph.D.
Prague, Czech Republic
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