What Happens When You Sleep Wearing Mascara Every Night

Did you know that such a small thing could do this?


We’re always told we shouldn’t do it, but do you ever wonder what happens when you sleep wearing mascara?

Of course, we sometimes forget to take makeup off prior to falling asleep but do we ever consider the impact it could have on our health.

If you do this once or twice, every now and again, it most likely won’t cause you much harm.

If you do it repeatedly you may need to review what happens when you sleep wearing mascara every night.


What happens when you sleep wearing mascara?

A 50-year-old Australian woman recently visited her doctor at the local medical center.

She was complaining about a sand-like sensation she was having in both of her eyes.

This resulted in a horrifying discovery that all of us need to understand.

Her optometrist, eye doctor Dana Robaei, even wound up doing a case study on the scenario itself.

The images taken during the study were enough to scare me into never forgetting to take my makeup off again.

Basically, this female was having some kind of chronic foreign body sensation in both of her eyes.

The symptoms were implying that there was something stuck in her eyes.

If you’ve ever had this gritty sensation you know how horrible it feels.

After taking a better look Robaei had the ability to see several darkly pigmented subconjunctival concretions.

Some of those were in fact even eroding through the conjunctival surface area.

This woman wound up admitting to wearing mascara for over 25 years directly without appropriate removal while sleeping.

A biopsy exposed that there was a chronic inflammatory infiltrate with pigmented macrophages present and hence these black spots.

Have a look at the images of this horrificcircumstance listed below.

This female’s cornea was being scratched by those black specks you see in the image above.

This triggers discomfort and is something that will just grow even worse if unattended.

This woman, Theresa Lynch, was left nearly blind after this situation, according to a report by the Dail Mail.

Those black swellings ingrained underneath her eyelids were a really major problem.

Now, if you believed the images above were bad have a look at this one.

Could you envision this being your reality?

Robaei says she has actually never seen anything like this and alerts that we should all take the correct procedures to eliminate our mascara.

This is a fine example of one of the surprise risks of our everyday charm items.

Every time Theresa blinked these bumps would rub the surface area of her eye.

Luckily this was caught in time and Theresa had the ability to undergo a 90-minute procedure under basic anesthetic to eliminate the swellings.

She has suffered some long-term scarring on her eyelid and the surface of her cornea, however.

It’s scary to think that this is what happens when you sleep wearing mascara isn’t it?

If you are not taking your makeup off at the end of the day or just not taking note of effectively getting your mascara off I urge you to review how you do things, because this is what happens when you sleep wearing mascara every night.

This could happen to anybody else who doesn’t take the situation seriously.

Could you imagine needing to go through this?


Now we know what happens when you sleep wearing mascara, let’s take a look at other ways we can look after our eyes.

Optometry Australia’s resident optometrist, Luke Arundel, gives some tips about eye makeup hygiene.

Dr. Arundel has seen first-hand the damage caused by cosmetic mistakes and recently shared his top beauty tips to help women avoid eye infection and damage.


Mr. Arundel warns against this cosmetic method of tightlining technique that is all the rage on beauty blogs.

“Optometrists call the fragile skin around the eyes ‘periocular skin’ and they have a strong opinion about where on that skin you should apply your eyeliner,” he explains.

“There has even been a small study to set the record straight about the dangers of what beauticians refer to as ‘waterlining’ or ‘tightlining’ which is applying eyeliner inside your lower lash line.

“The study quantified the migration of a conventional cosmetic eye pencil in two different locations: behind the lash line and inside the lash line (the waterline).

“The results showed the glitter particles of the pencil eyeliner migrated more readily and contaminated the tear film when applied inside the waterline.”

Mr. Arundel said this has ‘implications for contact wearers and patients with dry eye syndrome or sensitive eyes’.

Optometry Australia's resident optometrist, Luke Arundel, has seen first-hand the damage caused by cosmetic mistakes and shared his top beauty tips to help women avoid eye damage

Mr. Arundel, says he has seen the damage caused by cosmetic mistakes first-hand and shares these top beauty tips to help women avoid damaging their eyes.


Keep makeup on for a long time could be causing severe damage to people’s eyes.

“A study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found 97.9 percent of participants reported using or previously using makeup after the expiration date, with mascara being the most frequently mentioned product,” M.r Arundel explains.

“Yet, the microbiological analysis of 40 mascara samples revealed the presence of bacteria and fungi which can cause nasty bacterial eye infections.

“By law, cosmetic manufacturers don’t have to put a use-by date on their products.”

You can check a product’s official expiry date, however, by running the barcode through checkfresh.com or smartphone apps such as Check Your Cosmetics.


Eyelash extensions have become hugely popular recently… but they can be risky.

According to Luke Arundel, the risks associated with this beauty trend include infections of the cornea and eyelid, allergic reactions, the permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes, and eyelid swelling.

“There has been a steady increase in the number of cases associated with allergic reactions to the glue used to adhere extensions to existing lashes, the loss of natural eyelashes, conjunctivitis and even corneal damage due to tweezer injury,” Mr. Arundel says.

“Repeated use of eyelash extensions can cause tractional alopecia, where the natural lash falls out due to excessive tension and weight placed on the hair shaft.

“This can damage the hair follicle, which can slow down or cease any further production of natural lashes.”

Mr. Arundel says if women must use the extensions, they should make sure their beauty therapist has been properly trained in this procedure.

Their equipment must be sterilized and that the environment for the procedure will be clean.

“They should ask their therapist what glue they will use and avoid places that only use formaldehyde-based adhesives as these are often linked to allergic reactions,” he adds.

“If there is any discomfort after the procedure, any noticeable inflammation of the eyelid, grittiness, blurred vision or loss of the natural eyelashes, you should see your optometrist immediately.”


We see them a lot at Halloween when novelty contact lenses are a popular buy.

But these fun accessories can cause serious damage to your eyes.

“Halloween can be a scary time for optometrists, for all the wrong reasons. Buying novelty lenses online or over the counter can lead to eye infections, damage, and even permanent blindness,” says Mr. Arundel.

“The surface of the eye is extremely delicate and wearing non-prescribed novelty contact lenses, particularly those from a dubious source, could cause eye damage ranging from mild infections to sight-threatening conditions such as corneal scarring and even blindness.

“Contact lenses are not ‘one size fits all’.

“It is important to make sure the lenses are prescribed by an optometrist who will measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how the eye responds to contact lens wear using a microscope.

“The optometrist will then instruct them on appropriate insertion and removal techniques and correct contact lens care to minimize the risk of irreversible eye damage.”


Many people ignore their sore, teary and itchy eyes for months before getting them tested by a professional.

If such symptoms persist, people should get their eyes checked by an optometrist immediately.

“You may think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to really be sure,” he explains.

“Not only may it lead to improved everyday vision – and quality of life – it could detect that something more serious is going on, and prevent loss of vision.

“If you can squeeze in the time to see a beautician, you can manage an appointment with an optometrist.”

Now you know what happens when you sleep wearing mascara, will you remember to take it off before you go to bed?



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