GREENSBORO, N.C. - As soon as the LED eyelashes hit the market, it seemed like there ware warnings about them popping up in a flash. The headlines said the eyelashes “could cause major damage” and “have harmful effects” maybe even cause “cataracts.”
To verify if that’s true, we went to Doctor Neil Hutto with Triad Eye Associates.
“I think it’s pretty bizarre,” he said.
He says there’s no danger of cataracts from the product because of the type of light that is produced.
“Cataracts are from UV exposure. And there’s just no UV light being emitted from these LED lights.”
That’s confirmed in a quote to NPR from Terry McGowan, director of engineering and technology for the American Lighting Association. He says, “there is no UV component to LEDs, as far as I know.”
“I don’t think this will cause eye strain at all. I don’t even know if they patient would know these are on or off based on the way they see,” Hutto said.
So the warnings are false. LED eyelashes do not cause damage. And now that we’ve brought the real facts to light, go ahead and try a pair on for fun.