Can Latisse Cause Dryness of the Eye?

My eyes feel dryer than normal after using Latisse. Is there a time limit recommended for usage or can it be used forever? I do wear contact lenses but only apply Latisse at night after I take them out. Thank you

Doctor Answers 6

Dry Eyes and Latisse

Latisse rarely can make your eyes feel dry, as mentioned in the product insert as a possible reaction to Latisse.  You need to make sure you are applying the product correctly because Latisse should not be getting into your eye.  I also recommend that you follow-up with your Ophthalmologist for an eye evaluation. 

Dr. Grant Stevens


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Time Limit for Latisse

There is no time limit for using Latisse. After several months, when you get the length you want, you decrease the frequency of application of Latisse. Side effects from the initial studies showed less than 4 percent of people experienced redness, irritation and itching of the upper eyelid, which was reversed upon discontinuation.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Latisse can contribute to dry eye

Latisse can contribute to dry eye. It does not cause dry eye in the sense that using Latisse will not make your eyes drier in the long term because it does not affect the glands. However, dry eye symptoms have been reported with Latisse and when you stop using Latisse those symptoms should go away.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Latisse and dry eyes

Latisse may make your eyes feel dry, but this should be temporary.  Also, you might check how you are applying the product, as very little should actually get into the eye.  I recommend putting a drop of Latisse into the product cap, then dipping your applicator brush into it and brusing it along the lash line.  Repeat for the other eye.  Using this technique keeps the product on the lashline and out of the eyes, for the most part.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Can Latisse Cause Dry Eyes

Dry eyes is mentioned in the product insert as a possible reaction to Latisse.  Many people have dry eyes and whether this is solely related to Latisse needs further examination. I would make sure that Latisse does not enter your eye and also, recommend that you seek the care of your eyeMD to determine whether your eye shows anything responsible for your symptoms.

Sandy Feldman, MD
San Diego Ophthalmologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Latisse and Dry Eye

Dear Patient from Narberth,

Latisse is a class of medications that was originally formulated to help lower eye pressure for glaucoma patients.

It's felt to work by causing dilation of vessels in the eye and thereby lowering eye pressures. When the molecule makes contact with the surface of the eye, it can cause dilation of vessels on the white surface of the eye.

These dilated vessels can cause a sensation of dryness or fullness.

Usually, this sensation resolves over a few weeks. The medication can be used for years as it has been used in previous glaucoma patients. But with my patients on Latisse, they usually use it until the lashes lengthen to the amount they desire. After that point, they only use it a few times per week to maintain the growth. If it was stopped completely, over time the lashes would likely return to their normal length and condition.

Sincerely Yours,

Adam J. Scheiner, M.D.

Adam Scheiner, MD
Tampa Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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