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There are particles in my eyelashes: 3 reasons why?

Our eyelashes are there to prevent particles from entering our eyes. So, if you are finding that you can feel particles in your eyelashes, then this may be an indication that something is wrong. Below we consider some of the reasons you could have particles in your eyelashes.

particles in eyelashes diagram

1. Dandruff or product

One reason you could be suffering from particles in your eyelashes is due to dandruff caused by dry skin, or even dry eyelids, which has dropped onto your eyelashes. Another reason is excess product from cosmetic products or makeup. If this settles on your eyelids and you fail to clean your face and eyes properly, then it may rest on your eyelashes. In these cases, ensuring your eyes and face are clean is a good preventative measure.

2. Blepharitis

This is a condition that causes inflammation of the eyelid or eyelids. It typically affects the area around the eyelashes. There are a variety of conditions that can cause blepharitis, including different types of dermatitis, allergic reactions, and rosacea. It is common that you will suffer from other symptoms if you have this condition.

These symptoms include crusty eyelids, a burning sensation, eye or eyelid pain and discomfort, the feeling of a foreign body in your eye, dry eyes, loss of eyelashes, swelling of eyelashes, tearing or stickiness. Treatment for this condition ranges depending on the severity, however, eye drops, ointments, antibiotics and artificial tears are common treatment options.

3. Pediculosis

Another reason you could be experiencing particles in your eyelashes is due to lice infestation. This is typically due to contact with someone who is already infected or you have laid in infected bedding. When the lice infect the eyelashes and eyelid, they can cause symptoms such as visible lice (grey or white), eggs known as nits (grey or white) or faeces, blue bite marks, conjunctivitis, and blepharitis. In some cases, people can develop keratitis which is inflammation of the eye cornea.

When to see your local optician

If you find your eyelashes don’t clear up after you’ve thoroughly cleaned your face, and you have accompanying symptoms such as eye pain, discomfort, vision problems, dry eyes, or tearing, then it’s a good idea to arrange an appointment with an optician. They can ensure you gain a proper diagnosis and receive the appropriate treatment.

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