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Latisse An Rx For Beauty?

By lindaoh on
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Latisse - Bimatoprost

I had borderline high eye pressure (ocular hypertension) for a couple of years; and my eye doctor finally decided that it would be best to lower my eye pressure with a prescription medication. High eye pressure for extended periods of time, usually reported after 5 years, can lead to Glaucoma. Glaucoma will damage the optic nerve leading to irreversible blindness. He gave me a prescription for Xalatan. Xalatan is a medication in drop form which is a Latanoprost Opthalmic Solution. Latisse is a Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution. Both of these medications are used in the treatment of ocular hypertension; and both medications can cause increased brown iris pigmentation, (which can be permanent), darkening of the area under the eye, darkening of the eyelid, itching, darkening of the lashes and eyelid redness.

I would never attempt to discourage someone from using a doctor-prescribed, FDA-approved medication. Allergan, the manufacturer of Latisse, had a team of dermatologists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons test this product throughly; however, I feel that women should know exactly what they are putting on their eyelashes.

Latisse is prescribed for eyelash hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes).

The point that I am making is that I hope women are not asking for Latisse just to lengthen and thicken their lashes, without knowing all the facts. Obviously the supposition by many people might be that doctors are prescribing Latisse to patients that request it for aesthetic reasons...not just for a medical necessity. Latisse was discovered when observing the side effects which occurred after using Bimatoprost for a period of 6-8 weeks for the treatment of ocular hypertension. Also, Latisse must be used on a regular basis or eyelashes will return to their original state.

If you have an eye condition of any sort, (glaucoma, inflammation, infection, etc.), Allergan, which manufactures Latisse, suggests that you see your ophthalmologist or optometrist before using this product. If you are using Latisse, for whatever reason, I urge you to follow the instructions carefully (which includes never putting the solution on your lower lashes); and report any unusual reaction to this medication to your doctor immediately. After all, it is your eyes we're talking about. I, for one, would never risk my eyes for beauty.