Girl Goes To Get Eyelash Extensions — And Ends Up Losing Sight For Two Hours

A UK student lost her sight for two hours following a botched eyelash extension procedure. Her eyes wouldn’t stop watering and burning afterward.

When 20-year-old Megan Rixson, a criminology student at the University of Bedfordshire, went to have fake lashes put on at a local salon, she didn’t know she’d end up in tears. But that’s exactly what happened on October 19 when, she believes, a technician used nail glue to apply the lashes instead of eyelash glue.

Rixson’s eyes became red, swollen, and streaming. She even lost her sight for two hours and had to go to a walk-in clinic to get eye drops and eye wash to treat them.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Rixson explained what happened: 

“When she was doing the first one my eyes were stinging lots. But she said, ‘don’t worry, it’s normal,’ and told me to hold my eye open.”

She continued:

“It was burning so much my eyes were naturally closing, but she kept telling me to hold them open. After she was done, I sat up on the bed and couldn’t open them. I said, ‘this isn’t normal,’ but she kept saying it was.”

The same day, Rixson took to Twitter to talk about what happened and caution others considering extensions:

Commenters on Twitter were concerned for Rixson:

And some shared similar stories:

Anyone considering eyelash extensions should know there is a lack of regulations for the procedure, leaving a lot of room for error. In addition to inflammation and redness, a botched treatment could result in pink eye, allergic reactions, corneal abrasions, and even permanent vision loss.

Dr. Samuel D. Pierce, an optometrist and president of the American Optometric Association, gave the following advice to BuzzFeed News regarding extensions and similar procedures such as eyelash tinting and bedazzling:

  • Make sure the esthetician practices proper hygiene, washing their hands, wearing gloves, etc.
  • Ask what glue they’re using and ask to see it.
  • Always do a glue test to check for allergic reactions.
  • See an optometrist if you experience any problems following a procedure.

Overall though, Dr. Pierce recommends not having these types of procedures at all.

Some commenters had concerns about the salon’s negligence:

As for Rixson’s eyes, she told BuzzFeed News:

“My eyes are recovering well, still very sensitive. Occasionally the left eye blurs and both are a tiny bit sore but are getting better every day.”