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4 Doctor Answers | Asked by Judy in Stuart Fl in Stuart, Fl
Yes - It is a great idea to consult with an ophthalmologist if you are interested in Latisse. There are some contraindications to the use of Latisse which your eye care provider can look for. Many ophthalmologists and oculoplastic surgeons dispense Latisse in their office as well.
In my eye practice in Maryland we dispense Latisse. I like to take photographs of the patients eyelashes before they begin Latisse and again about 8 weeks later. This documents, in a fun way, the growth of eyelashes, but also helps us look for any other side effects of the medication. When used properly, Latisse is an extraordinarily safe medication, with outstanding results.
Although Latisse is most often prescribed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, the other group which often dispenses this medication is your medical eye doctor or Opththalmologist. In some states it may also be available by your Optometrist, but here in Colorado, this is not possible. It makes some sense to get Latisse from your eye doctor in that they can best examine your eyes and lashes, are the ones experienced with Lumigan for glaucoma treatment which is the same medication, and...
Yes, your ophthalmologist can prescribe Latisse for you, after checking your eyes and discussing with you the potential risks and side effects. Latisse is a medication, not a cosmetic, and must be prescribed by a physician. The lash-growing effects of bimatoprost (the active ingredient in Latisse) was discovered by ophthalmologists treating glaucoma patients with this medication.